Press Release (June 17, 2015). Grand Rapids, MI The healing journey of a burn-injured firefighter can have its unique challenges – and the healing paths of the firefighter survivor and their family can be vastly different. A firefighter survivor often hopes to return to the profession where the burn injury occurred, while family members may struggle with the fear of loss. The physical recovery is challenging, but the psychological recovery can be overwhelming. A national outreach and education campaign was recently launched to more broadly publicize the peer support (Phoenix Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery, or Phoenix SOAR) and other resources that are available for those in the fire service who have been affected by a burn injury. This initiative furthers the work that Phoenix Society and project partners—the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Charitable Foundation, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), and the University of Kentucky—have accomplished in this area.
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