As we shared earlier today on this page, the ranks of volunteer firefighters in Pennsylvania are on a long and dangerous decline. It should be further pointed out that first responders of all branches sometimes encounter deeply disturbing scenes that nobody should have to experience. As a result, suicides and lasting, complex emotional scars are a growing trend across all disciplines, but Pennsylvania law does not make the appropriate behavioral health resources easy to access; in fact, it is often disqualified entirely due to the “nature” of what we do.
Yes, we sign up for this, but it’s because someone has to or there will come a day when nobody answers the call for help. Woodlawn has long been fortunate to have the support of Pa. Rep. Mike Schlossberg at the State House, and we want to thank him again for his ceaseless efforts to ensure our members, along with all first responders in the Commonwealth, have access to mental health services for line-of-duty Post-Traumatic Stress Injuries. Please contact your legislators and urge them to support this bill. ... See moreSee less
I'm proud to support HB432, written by Chairman Steven Barrar (R-Delaware), which would make it easier for First Responders who suffer from PTSD on the job to get Workman's Compensation. Right now, thanks to an awful state Supreme Court decision from a few years ago, First Responders have to show that the PTSD injury they suffered was abnormal to their job...not the human experience. In other words, thanks to a bad decision, First Responders are expected to be superhuman and not suffer the same way that every other human being should.
This is terrible. And it should be changed.
And then, sometimes, you get Emails like the one below. And if you ask me why this job is so important to me, and why fighting for mental illness needs to happen, this is why.
I really hope we can get this done. Our First Responders need it.
An important read for Pennsylvanians to appreciate the gravity of the situation behind the bay doors. We’re performing more services (fire suppression, hazardous materials, rescues, medical, etc) with fewer members every single year. Woodlawn’s volunteers are immensely grateful for all the support we receive from the community and our legislators, but getting more feet on the street makes the job easier for everyone. Stop in to the station, ours or whichever is close to your home, for an application and to learn more about how you can help! ... See moreSee less
Nothing will change. At some point, it will go the way of Virginia and become a paid County based service.
Time to go paid!
Another day, same article, no change.
The PA government needs to support the implementation of Tax Breaks and Stipends (maybe $400.00 per month) to make 50 to 60% of calls and drills
In a few years stations will merge and be 100% paid. Unfortunately the government doesn't truly care anymore
Nothing going to happen until at least 2028 when older mindset has move on
The mindset is this the way it is
There are county in pa that has way to many station and old family feud that need to be resolved and bury them. Here in Venango county for the next 10 years
You can find APPROXIMATELY 16 people are turning 65 week compare to 9 people
A week turning 18 years old then I bet when these same people are turning 25 you can for 5 or less that are still in Venango county. For there birthday party.
Training requirements is a big turn off for most people. Are two paid department are having a hard time in the hiring department. There is nothing you do can
Right now but to change the mindset of this newer generation that volunteering is fun and rewarding.
From our colleagues at PA State PoliceDuring National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month please keep in mind that anyone – regardless of age, gender or ethnicity – can become a victim of human trafficking.
When passing through #PATurnpike service plazas, and in your daily routine, the PA State Police want you to know how you can recognize, report and rescue those that have become victims of human trafficking. To report any suspicious behavior, you can contact the Pennsylvania State Police Human Trafficking Tipline at 888-292-1919 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ... See moreSee less
Cascade 3292 is currently responding to this third-alarm fire with Eastern Salisbury Fire Dept, avoid the area if you have plans that way.
Salisbury Township Police Department 🔥 East Susquehanna is closed between Fairview Street and Fretz Avenue. Avoid the area and use East Emmaus Avenue. The cause of this closure is due to a house fire. All residents are reported to be safe. ... See moreSee less