Fire Fighter "Burnout." It Can Happen to the Best.

Extraordinary Rewards--Extraordinary Demands

The challenges and stresses of being a fire fighter are unlike those in almost any other profession. And no one knows better than you the kinds of realities that can tax you mentally and emotionally:   

  • Long hours and unpredictable schedules
  • Difficult calls
  • Back-to-back runs involving life or death medical emergencies
  • Extended shifts that interfere with your sleep
  • Witnessing violence, injury and death in the community you love.
  • Budget cuts that require everyone to do more with less.
  • Losing a friend and comrade in an explosion or building collapse.


Going in, you knew the job would be tough.
But you've always been the kind of person who puts service over self.


Even So, Have Things Been Piling Up of Late?

Perhaps you've known for a long time, or you're just beginning to notice: 

  • You're just not yourself.
  • A certain tough call plays over in your mind.
  • You feel exhausted and on edge--but somehow you can't seem to relax.
  • You have flashbacks or nightmares about a bad situation you witnessed
  • A nagging back problem or other injury has got you feeling depressed.
  • The job is affecting your marriage and home life.
  • You feel increasingly isolated from friends and family members.
  • You're drinking too much and/or abusing prescription or other drugs.


For information about enrolling in the Brattleboro Retreat's Uniformed Service Program, please call 802-258-3700, or go to our Central Intake Department