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Kitchen Table Focuses on Overcoming Post-Traumatic Stress

In our new episode of Kitchen Table, General President Harold Schaitberger talks with
IAFF members who have struggled and recovered from post-traumatic stress, one of the
biggest but often untreated health issues among our ranks.

We have made it a top priority to provide resources and education to shed more l
ight on behavioral health issues in the fire service and hope this episode
of Kitchen Table helps bring other members struggling with post-traumatic stress "
out of the shadows."
Special thank you to Mike Higgins, Mike James, Andy Perry and Chuck Talbott
for sharing their experience and road to recovery -- and to Frank Leto,
an IAFF peer support training instructor who also runs the largest counseling
unit in the fire service for the FDNY.

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IAFF Introduces New Cancer Awareness and Prevention Resource

Understand your cancer risk, know the exposures to carcinogens
on the job and reduce your risk of occupational cancer with the new
This new resource, developed in conjunction with the
help members avoid and decrease individual risk
factors for cancer.
In addition to understanding why fire fighters are at increased
 risk of cancer, this new training will:
  • Describe the most prominent types of cancer that affect fire fighters
  • Identify the top carcinogens in the fire fighting environment
  • Review the major routes of exposure to carcinogens for fire fighters
  • Encourage behavior changes that can reduce the risk of developing cancer

Start the cancer awareness and prevention training course.

Watch this video to learn more about the IAFF's efforts to ensure
our members have a better chance of staying cancer-free

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PTSD - Bill 163 Passes 3rd Reading

As you may be aware, the Ontario Legislature today passed Bill 163, which adds PTSD to our list of presumptive legislation. This is a significant step forward for the mental health of our members, and I am pleased that all three parties at Queen’s Park voted in favour of it.
I wanted to offer my congratulations to all of us for the work we did to move this issue forward at Queen’s Park.
My thanks especially go out to Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn, Minister of Community Safety & Correctional Services Yasir Naqvi, and the staff at Queen’s Park who made this day possible.
Carmen Santoro
President, OPFFA

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