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VOLUNTEER FAMILIES

While there are many challenges in the volunteer fire service, it is also one of the most rewarding ways to help your neighbors. Just as you support your community, Anderson Island Fire/Rescue wants to support you! The decision to be a volunteer firefighter is something that will affect both the volunteer and their entire family during their service. Volunteer firefighting goes beyond the average volunteer work. It becomes a lifestyle. Whether you have been a volunteer for years, or a new recruit, it's never too late to prepare your family for the commitment required and explain to them why training, meetings, and other work details are necessary. 

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What to Expect: A Guide for Family Members of Volunteer Firefighters

"This guide is intended for the spouse, children, parents, siblings, or significant others of the volunteer. It introduces family members to the basics of the volunteer firefighter life and provides guidance for keeping family relationships strong, being part of the fire department family, and more. There are also first-hand accounts from volunteer firefighters and their family members along with an array of tips and resources to help first responder families adjust to this lifestyle." 

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Dr. Rachelle Zemlok, a clinical psychologist and wife of a firefighter, works with other firefighter spouses providing behavioral health support for the issues unique to fire families.
Watch her 2022 Keynote Presentation.

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"Taking care of your mental health is as important as managing your physical health. The NVFC’s Share the Load™ program provides access to critical resources and information to help first responders and their families manage and overcome personal and work-related problems."

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