Clark County firefighters taking part in national suicide awareness event

first_imgClark County Fire District 6 is participating in a national event to recognize a disturbing trend: More firefighters and first responders are dying by suicide than all job-related deaths combined every year.Tonight, Fire District 6 is taking part in “Those Left Behind.” Fire engines at all of the district’s stations will be positioned outside at 9 p.m., and for one minute all engine and truck lights will be turned on, according to a news release.“We encourage anyone who wants to participate to join their local firefighters or to simply stand in their driveways with a lit candle to remember the families who are suffering through these preventable losses,” the news release says.The Journal of Emergency Medical Services reported in a 2015 survey of more than 4,000 first responders that 37 percent had contemplated suicide and almost 7 percent had attempted it. That’s 10 times the rate of the general population.Two years ago, Fire District 6 established a peer-support team to help employees having difficulty due to stressful calls. Firefighter Scott Meucci, a member of the team, said there is a culture in the profession that leads colleagues to think seeking help for such problems is a weakness.last_img

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