First responders

Détresse des premiers répondants (French video)

Une entrevue avec Mme Genevieve ARGUIN, Directrice Générale pour “maison la Vigile” a Québec qui discute des effets traumatique que nos premiers répondants font face quotidiennement. Dans cette entrevue, les premiers répondants ont répondus a un double meutre-suicide a Montréal la semaine derniere. Mme ARGUIN explique d’avantage les services offerts par la Vigile. Par contre, chacun doit etre honnete avec sois-meme et aller chercher de l’aide lorsque necessaire. Ms. Genevieve ARGUIN, Director of Maison La Vigile (Qc) was interviewed regarding services offered to first responders in Quebec as a result of double murder-homicide this past week in Montreal. Ms. ARGUIN also emphasized on the traumatic impacts these type of incidents have on our first responders, but she also touched on the importance for them to get the help they need. Mental health services are offered, but individuals have to do their part and raise their hands before its too late. The Haven is looking forward to be established in Ontario. TO VIEW THE VIDEO, CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW (EN FRANCAIS)

Ontario Gov’t announces help for Firefighters

On July 30th 2019, the Provincial Government stated that 60% of Ontario’s Firefighters are volunteers, many serving in smaller communities. Full-time Firefighters have benefits through work, while the maximum coverage varies per Service, volunteer Firefighters are on their own when it comes to mental health care. The Provincial Government is investing $3.8 billion dollars over the next 10 years into mental health for Ontario’s Firefighters. The Haven is a much more affordable and a much more accessible option, not only for Firefighters but for all First Responders and Uniform Personnel. We are seeking funding from Emergency Services Associations. Currently serving and retired members from any of the contributing Associations will be able to attend The Haven to get the help they need without having to pay the initial cost. Additionally, Ontario’s volunteer Firefighters will be treated at NO COST regardless of whether their Service, Association and/or Municipality contributes to The Haven. That’s how we look after our own. Posted by FFAO – Firefighters Association of Ontario on Monday, August 5, 2019