May each of you have a safe and properous New Year!
The Charleston Firefighter Support Team
Friday, December 25, 2009
The mission of the Charleston Firefighter Support Team is very straightforward. We are dedicated to the emotional health and well-being of the firefighters and families of the Charleston Fire Department. Though the Support Team came into existence in response to the tragic fire on June 18, 2007 our mission goes well beyond helping those impacted by that night. There is growing awareness nationally of the need to provide access to counseling for all firefighters and their family members and our team has an opportunity to lead the way in this important endeavor. We want you to know that you are, as a family member of a Charleston firefighter, an integral part of the Support Team being effective in our mission.
While many CFD family members have been a part of our formal program, it is our goal for the New Year to reach out to each and every person in the CFD family. A part of that effort will be to present our Behavioral Health Workshop to all wives and fiancées of our firefighters. There are specific stressors unique to the fire service that can have an impact on marriages and relationships. This workshop will focus on the issues facing you as the spouse, or future spouse, of a firefighter.
Subjects will include stress, grief, anxiety, bereavement, alcohol or substance abuse, and communications with special emphasis on children and couples’ relationships. One of the main objectives of this program is to open a dialogue with you to seek your input on how we may improve our services to assist you, your children, and your firefighter in the future.
Come and join us for this very important workshop. We look forward to seeing you there! Refreshments will be served.
Please R.S.V.P. Gerald Mishoe at gerald @scfirefighters.org or by calling (843) 609-8300 so that we can prepare for the appropriate number of participants.
When: Saturday, January 16, 2010
Where: Salvation Army Conference Center
2135 Ashley River Road, Charleston, SC
Time: 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Special thanks to the CFD Wives' Club for sponsoring this very important and worthwhile workshop.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Our Team participated in the "Christmas on Mary Street" program tonight for the Boys and Girls Club of Charleston. Our assignment was to bring Santa into the party on the back of Engine 11. Obviously, Santa is truly a wise old guy as he wound up posing with Amanda, who apparently was his favorite elf.
Monday, December 7, 2009
There is an article on Firehouse.com that is important reading for all of you in the firefighting profession. It is a story of the struggles of a 36 year veteran of the fire service after being diagnosed with throat cancer. Please take a few minutes to read this article by clicking on the title of this post above. It will be time well spent.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Today, we remember six Worcester, Mass. firefighters, James Lyons, Jeremiah Lucey, Paul Brotherton, Joseph McGuirk, Thomas Spencer and Timothy Jackson who gave their lives in the line of duty on this day ten years ago. Our thoughts are with the entire Worcester Fire Department family as we mark this day.