Help firefighters with PTSD
By partnering with the Ironman Foundation we hope to:
1. Raise $25,000 for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) to support Life Safety Initiative #13 for Psychological Support for all firefighters (union, non-union, part-time, volunteer) by competing in Ironman Triathlons in full turnout gear.
2. Encourage firefighters to recognize symptoms and discuss their emotions with someone. A peer, a family member, a friend or a professional. Seek help and erase the stigma within the firehouse.
Fighting fires is a hazardous job but our firefighters also face trauma situations daily. It is an unavoidable part of their job as they respond to car accidents, medical emergencies, injuries and more. These traumatic events can wear on a person mentally and emotionally. As a result they are at extremely high risk for developing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Many cases are unreported due to the stereotypical tough, strong image a firefighter is supposed to portray. Diana suffers from job related PTSD and has seen many friends and colleagues go without the help they need. Some have taken their own life to escape the anguish.
Will you help us reach our total goal?