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Chief Dunn—the recipient of FDNY’s Lifetime Achievement Award—has updated
his classic book on how to identify and survive hazards on the fireground.
NEW TO THIS EDITION:
• Examination of “aggressive interior firefighting attack”and “nonaggressive attack”
• Discussion of risk intensity and risk frequency at the fireground
• Updated statistics, graphs, and charts
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ing. Even 20 minutes of intense cardio can
release dopamine and work out some of
the cortisol, helping the individual to move
toward emotional wellness.
Self-Care in Overcoming
When firefighters reach the end of
their careers, many begin to experience
flashbacks that drive them to substanc-
es to numb their pain. Rather than
taking care of themselves and talking
about their pain, they suppress it and
neglect self-care. This often leads to
addictions. Individuals struggling with
addiction are “masters of self-neglect.”
To recover, they must learn “consistent
and effective self-care.”
Research shows that exercise, sleep,
healthful eating, and mindful breathing
increase self-control. Learning to suc-
cessfully live with uncomfortable feel-
ings and to make healthy choices that
support your physical and emotional
well-being can help you to overcome
addictions and deal with your pain.
The Duty to Care for Yourself
The International Association of
Fire Chiefs’ Wellness/Fitness summary states, “Tomorrow’s fire service
requires keeping our firefighters fit
today.” You must recognize that you
cannot fulfill your duty to serve and
rescue civilians if you do not take care
of yourself. People need you, but you
need to be well physically, emotionally, and physiologically to be able to
help others to the best of your ability.
Exercise is one of the most basic and
effective paths to wellness so that you
can be there for your family and your
Ask yourself, “What is my first step
toward taking better care of myself?”
For many, it will be adding 20 minutes
of exercise to their daily schedule. This
can be a quick jog, yoga, a fitness class,
lifting weights with a buddy, or going
on a hike. For others, it can be finding
support to heal an injury. For others, it
could be adopting a new schedule at
home to get your family active with you.
For others, it might be enlisting support
What’s your next step? I bet it will
change your career and your life more
than you think.
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2 Frankenhaeuser, M, Lundberg, U, & Forsman, L.
(1980). “Dissociation between sympathetic-adrenal
and pituitary-adrenal responses to an achievement
situation characterized by high controllability:
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3 Dienstbier, RA. (1989). “Arousal and physiological
toughness: Implications for mental and physical
health.” Psychological Review, 96, 84-100.
JADA HUDSON, M.S., LCPC, CADC, is
a licensed clinical professional counselor,
certified alcohol and drug counselor, former
clinical director of program development
for Illinois Fire Fighter Peer Support, and a
clinical consultant for Operation Shattered
Stars. She has a private practice near Chicago
and is dedicated to helping firefighters
process and heal from trauma, pediatric
death, substance abuse, depression, and