Brothers and Sisters
Life in itself is difficult and challenging. Normal everyday routines are tough enough to juggle work, friends, finances, and family issues, not to mention staying healthy and fit. It’s a lot. On top of that, we’re in the fire service. We took on the extra responsibility and risk of unselfishly giving more of ourselves to assist those who call upon us in their worst moments. We see, hear, smell, taste and feel things that stack up on an already full plate and sometimes those experiences never fade away. Yet we forge on, doing our duty, fulfilling our obligations all the while keeping the ghosts quiet behind locked doors. A lot of our brothers and sisters do quite well managing this lifestyle although few will openly admit they struggle; they suffer silently. Some have even taken their own lives to free themselves of the internal agony of a life out of control. It’s time for us to own all the bravado motto’s that our profession proclaims in words like “Family”, “Brotherhood”, “Everyone Goes Home”, and “I got your back!”. It’s time for us to look out for each other not only on the fire ground when the tones go out, but every day, every moment. There should never be a time when we suffer alone. The Alaska Fire Fighter Peer Support (AKFFPS) Team was formed to support our own. Fellow brothers and sisters who walk your walk and talk your talk; that can relate to you like no one else can. In times of professional or personal struggles, there are those that traveled those roads before you that can lend an ear, give guidance or offer you assistance; and if it’s beyond their scope, our very own veteran board certified clinician can. The epitome of being strong, brave, and courageous is not bearing life's burdens alone but stepping up and either dealing with our own internal struggles or helping a brother or sister who you know may be suffering; silently. A save you might not have expected.
-Capt. John Paff, AKFFPS Director
Taking care of our own...
Special thanks to ILFFPS for this video.
IAFF Peer Support Training
The Anchorage Fire Department’s Local 1264 will be hosting the IAFF Peer Support Training at the AFD Training Center, November 8-9 from 9a-5p. Class size is limited to 30 attendees. Course Fee: No charge for Local 1264 members, all others $250 per person. Make checks payable to IAFF L1264 and send to IAFF L1264 PO Box 242041 Anchorage, AK 99524.
AFD Local 1264 members will have priority seating and must register by September 16th to reserve a seat for the class. We will then offer priority seating for the remaining seats to IAFF locals who must register by September 30th. Any remaining seats will be offered to anyone who is a member in good standing within their Fire Department and register by October 14th.
Anyone wishing to attend this training must complete an application at www.akffps.org. The application link is at the upper right corner of the home page or click here. You may apply now, however all applications will be given priority by affiliation and date/time of application.
There will be an online pre-course requirement (~1-2hrs.) prior to attending the class and will be sent out by the IAFF roughly two weeks prior to the class.
If you have any further questions feel free to Email: [firstname.lastname@example.org]