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Alcohol and Drug Resources and Interventions for First Responders and Firefighters:
Part III: Resources for First Responders and Firefighters
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Gainesville Fire and Rescue Engine Dry Brush - all rights reserved Ernest J. Bordini, Ph.D.Third of 4 parts originally presented to Gainesville Fire and Rescue 11/20/13 in a panel discussion.  The first part discussed alcohol and prescription drug problems in firefighters and first responders, suicide, and contributors of stress and PTSD.  The second part of this series described indicators and behavioral signs of alcohol or drug intoxication, impairment and after-effects.  This part is a list of educational materials, resources, websites, and crisis lines for firefighters, fire departments, law enforcement officers, and other first responders comprises the third part of this series.  The final part of the series involves a brief presentation of treatment principals and states of treatment readiness and action.

EAP and Treatment Services for Firefighters and First Responders
Most First Responder and Fire Departments have established Employee Assistance Programs (EAP).  EAP providers are often very familiar with local resources; provide a limited number of free sessions, and provide referral services.  If you are unsure if your department has an EAP, contact your Human Resources or Personnel Department and they should be able to provide an EAP phone number. 

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  (800) 273-TALK (8255)
  • SAMHSA National Helpline (800) 662-HELP (4357) (English and Español)  (800) 487-4889
  • Workplace Helpline  (800) WORKPLACE (967-5752)




gfr firefighter climbing towerEducational Resources about Alcohol, Drugs and Mental Health Issues for Firefighters, First Responders and Fire Departments:


 More Articles in this Series

Part I:     Firefighter and First Responder Alcohol and Drug Issues

Part II:   Signs of alcohol or drug intoxication, impairment and after-effects

Part IV: Treatment principals and stages in treatment of alcohol and substance use disorders.

About the Author:   

division19  society of military psychology Ernest J. Bordini, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist more than 30 years of training and service in the evaluation and treatment of veterans, law enforcement officers and first responders.  He is a member of the American Psychological Association Society of Military Psychology and a member of the City of Gainesville Violence Avoidance Task Force.  In addition to his primary area of practice in clinical and forensic neuropsychology he has special interests in violence risk assessment, and officer-involved shootings.  He has provided fitness for duty evaluations for government agencies, FDLE, corporations, medical facilities, school boards and other organizations.   He has provided presentations, critical incident interventions, and team building to law enforcement and fire and rescue organizations. In his limited spare time he enjoys tactical and defensive firearm training and is an NRA certified Firearm Instructor.

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