9/11 COMMEMORATION

UFUSA Tribute To US Firefighters 9-11

Today we remember the 343 New York Fire Department firefighters who tragically died in their efforts to save others on this day in 2001, in what is now known as 9/11. And their families.

We also remember the 79 other emergency services workers and almost 3000 civilians whose lives were lost on this day 21 years ago.

Thousands of first responders and those living and working in lower Manhattan Near “Ground Zero” were exposed to toxic fumes and particles emanating from the towers as they burned and fell.

By 2018, 10,000 more were diagnosed with 9/11 related cancer.

UFUSA Tribute To US Firefighters 9-11

The sacrifice of first responders and in particular firefighters, often flies under the radar, failing to receive the acknowledgement warranted and the resources needed for this community service. Sometimes the cost of that sacrifice is physical injury or loss of life. Too often it’s psychological injury.

Our union work shows that such injury can arise from just one traumatic event attended or it can be the compounded trauma experienced at work by firies over many years being triggered.

It might show up in exhaustion, depression, mood changes, flashbacks, sleeping difficulties, increased irritability, relationship breakdown, anxiety, poor diet, poor life choices, substance abuse, lack of motivation or in a variety of other ways or combinations of symptoms.

Working on the frontline means that firefighters inevitably run the risk of ‘invisible’ psychological injury as well as injuries from “slips, trips and sprains” and exposure to carcinogens. Training provided to firefighters has started to address this risk and to raise awareness in order that we can better look after our own health and well being as well as that of our workmates.

If you think you may be suffering such an injury or if today’s commemoration impacts on you, please don’t hesitate to call us at the UFU Office on 83527211 or if you need more immediate assistance please call one of the numbers below, to reach out even just to speak to someone. You are not alone.

Warning: this clip contains powerful footage relating to the traumatic event of 9/11.

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Beyond Blue 1300224636
Lifeline 131114
Secretary Mental Health Triage 131465
SAMFS Employee Assistance Program (MOW)

In solidarity,

9/11 COMMEMORATION

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