Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects both career and volunteer firefighters. While many in the fire service think PTSD is a greater problem for career firefighters, that’s not the case. Department leadership must provide mental health support for all firefighters, regardless of their compensation status.

Volunteer firefighters are subjected to the same types of calls as career members. In some cases, trauma may have a greater impact on volunteers. In small towns and cities that rely on volunteers, it is not uncommon for them to personally know the victims when they respond to a fatal vehicle accident or house fire. Read More...

Have you ever struggled to defend yourself after a simple conversation or suggestion you have given as a manager to improve an operation or a process? Has that conversation taken on a life of its own? Has a conversation like that ever been perceived as discipline?

I have found that in today’s environment, there is often confusion between the activity of management and the action of discipline. My intention is to help shed some light on the importance of why organizations need to intentionally address the difference between the two. If the differences between the two are brought to a conscious level, there should be much less confusion and organizations should be able to operate more effectively. Read More...

Resources

The MCVFA is committed to serve the interest of its members. The call/volunteer fire and emergency medical services in Massachusetts have diverse issues related to health, wellness, safety and other important topics. We have gathered resources to provide references concerning health & wellness, firefighter safety, continuing education, recruitment and retention, tools, best practices and suggest goals for each issue to help its members improve firefighter safety, their well-being and survival.