Saving Those Who Save Others

From fatal fires to grisly car crashes, firefighters regularly witness many harrowing events. Those experiences take a toll. A fire department is three times more likely to experience a suicide than a line-of-duty death, according to research by the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation.

A recent study found that 47 percent of firefighters in the United States have considered suicide; 19 percent have developed a plan; and 15 percent have attempted suicide. Studies have found that nearly one-third of firefighters has experienced Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Given these statistics, firefighter organizations across the country are tackling suicide prevention. And the Spotsylvania Volunteer Fire Department is being proactive and hosting a series of workshops for firefighters and their families.

Workshops for firefighters will be held on Oct. 19, 7-9 p.m.; Oct. 20, 7-9 p.m.; and Oct. 21, 9-11 a.m. A family edition will be held Oct. 21, 1-3 p.m. The workshops will be held at Spotswood Baptist Church. To register, contact Sue Carter at

The workshops will be held in conjunction with the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance and Dr. Sara Lapacka.

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Emergency Services are still available. Please call 540-373-6876 if you or a loved one are experiencing a crisis.

Due to the current State of Emergency, and in accordance with recommendation to limit in-person gatherings to 10 or less, our May Board of Directors meeting will be held virtually at 5 p.m. on May 19. Public comment may be submitted up until 4:00 pm on May 19th by emailing  Public comments that include the full name and address of the commenter will be read into the record during the Public Comment portion of the meeting.  The meeting will be Livestreamed on Rappahannock Area Community Services Board’s Facebook page on May 19, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

We encourage our community to stay home (whenever possible) and stay safe throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. We now offer most of our outpatient, early intervention, and case management services via telemedicine so you can receive the support you need from the safety of your home.

Our committee and board meetings and facilities tour for April have been canceled. Our day support programs are suspended temporarily.

Our popular plant sale is continuing but with some changes to ensure everyone's safety. Please order ahead and your plants will be waiting for you when you drive up.

At this time, we are suspending recruitment for most positions. See our employment portal for more information.

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