The EMS Roaddocs would like to take this opportunity to invite you to join us for our second annual HEROES SAVING HEROES rally at Rock County Cycles
on August 28th 2016. This event will be an escorted motorcycle ride to honor our fallen heroes. The event will start at Rock County Cycles and will end at Sharon Fire and Rescue. Sharon Rescue will
demonstrate vehicle extrication and other events, activities, vendors and ambulance displays.
The EMS Roaddocs riding club, in collaboration with the Greg Lindmark Foundation, are committed to spreading the word and raising awareness about the effects of PTSD, stress, depression and suicide on our first responders, which include firefighters, EMT’s, paramedics, police officers/sheriff deputies, correction officers and local Emergency Room Personnel.
As we come together on August 28th, help us to bring awareness to the high rates of mental health issues in all first responders. Assist us in letting our brothers and sisters know that they’re not alone and there is someone who cares and will listen. We also ask that you to join us in educating the community on the awareness, and to help them gain an understanding of what we as first responders deal with day to day.
Feel free to contact us with any further questions
Bill Benson, RN TNS, PHRN, ECRN, CEN, Founder of the EMS Roaddocs
When Those Who Help Others Need Help
First responders – fire fighters, police, paramedics, military and other emergency personnel – face a level of stress that few outside of the field can understand.
Alcoholism and addiction are common for those who work in Emergency Medical Services (EMS), due to the trauma and stress faced every day on the job. Easy access to a variety of medications makes it very easy to fall into the downward spiral of abuse and addiction.
Many Law Enforcement officials are hesitant to come forward with their problem for fear of losing their jobs. The rate of suicide is somewhere between 5 to 10 times more than LODDs.
Firefighter substance abuse and alcoholism is a major problem in the fire service, with around 33% of the fire service suffering from some form of PTSD. Approximately 52% of PTSD sufferers will go
on to have a substance abuse problem, leaving some 18% of all firefighters with some sort of addiction.
Easy access to a variety of medications can lead EMS providers to fall into the downward spiral of abuse and addiction.