Quality, safety focused coverage of emergency and fire scenes as approved and supported by area Fire Departments and their senior leadership.
Professional media specialist with several years experience working emergency scenes.
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From Todd Mills as part of #BellLetsTalk, he shares his journey as a First Responder. Thank you Todd. (with permission from Todd):
In March of 2019 I was officially diagnosed with complex post traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. Unofficially i know, now, i have had PTS for years. I dealt with it (or fooled myself into thinking I dealt with it) and carried on, because that is what we did. My generation 9f medics was the suck it up and deal with it generation and it took its tole on a lot of us, each in our own way.
I had that call that made me seek help. I came back from that call feeling broken. Knowing that for me the last 30 yrs had hit me like a freight train, and I could no longer fool myself into thinking I was OK. I was sitting there documenting the call and had all these thoughts running through my head and I had a supervisor come out and tell me to basically suck it up, oh, and we're having cake for someone who left their watch commander position so come in and have some cake (because obviously that would make it all better). When I was done documenting the call I got up and walked out, never to do a run on an ambulance in Nova Scotia again. Never to put on the uniform that had meant so much to me again.
I spiraled for 8 months. I had incredible support from my family and friends, but I was sinking fast. I went to therapy, followed the game plan for WCB (who thankfully approved my claim) but I knoew the relief i got from therapy was fleeting. I was on the edge of this deep dark hole and slowly being sucked in.
I attended support groups and they helped. Tyler Andrew reached out, John Garth Macdonald and many others , too many too list.
Then I went to a Firefit competition to support my daughter and was jumping out of my skin with the noises, the crowds and Mark Long called me over to his table and took me aside and broke me down by just looking at me and telling me he knew i wasn't doing well. He told me to apply to this program called Save a Warrior and it would save my life (oh and this guy is really smart, he said this in front of my wife to make sure I would apply). Matthew Fiorenza did my interview for the program and I was accepted into Cohort 087. My life was changed wounded healers like Jake Clark , Adam Carr , Larry Turner , Keith, Jeff, Terry Scariot , Timothy Spradlin Cohort 087 and the whole SAW community took me on a journey, What a journey its been. They also introduced me to my daily practices which allow me to live with my PTS and continue to heal.
I'm far from perfect and still have my moments but now I find myself catching myself in those moments. I've been able to move on too another chapter in my career, because I promised some key people in my life that I wouldn't return to EMC and in my heart I know I can't do ground ambulance again, but, I've found a little niche in EMS that I'm able to work in and I'll do that for now.
I'm thankful for all those who've been there with me and reached out to me. Mental illness should not be stigmatized. Medics should not be ashamed to reach out for help. Supervisors need better training when dealing with people having an emotional crisis in the workplace. Organizations need to find ways to accommodate their wounded warriors instead of brushing them to the curb.
Its #bellletstalkday. Talk about it. Reach out if you need to talk. Practice gratitude, put your faith in a higher power, mediate and take care of your mental health.
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#BellLetsTalk #bellletstalkday Especially for our First Responders....let's share this far and wide to increase funding for services...because........because it's okay not to be okay.
Thanks for all that you do.
NS Mental Health Crisis Line 1 888 429 8167
Bible Hill structure fire, assisted by Truro, Valley-Kemptown, Salmon River with North River on standby. Terrific and rapid mutual aid by partner Fire Services in the area once again shines.
Garage located on property.
If you have had an unusual encounter with an unmarked "Police" vehicle in the last while, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Nova Scotia is asking for help to identify any of those incidents:
Antigonish RCMP have arrested a 23-year-old man from Antigonish for Impersonation of a Police Officer and seized a vehicle.
Members recently responded to complaints of a suspect driving what looked like an unmarked police vehicle in the Halifax Regional Municipality and Antigonish County. Police believe that the suspect may have used this mock police vehicle to pull over other vehicles.
The RCMP arrested the suspect without incident at a residence in Antigonish and seized a vehicle matching the description. The suspect has been released from custody on conditions and will appear in Antigonish Provincial Court on March 24, 2021 at 9:30 a.m.
Antigonish RCMP believe that there may be additional unreported incidents where this vehicle was used to attempt to pull people over between the areas of Halifax and Antigonish. The seized vehicle can be described as a white 2013 Ford Taurus with reflective striping along both sides with a microphone attached to the dashboard, LED lights and a black push bar mounted on the grill.
If members of the public have seen this vehicle and know of an incident of this nature, please contact Cst. Trevor Arsenault at Antigonish Detachment, 902-863-6500.
Bible Hill Fire assisted by Truro Fire Service respond to structure fire related to kitchen area fire brought quickly under control this date.
[01/13/21] Truro & Colchester has a recent spike of possible exposures. Please be diligent, and check most recent NS list. You can get apps that can help you track, as well as keep receipts for all purchases, some great ideas came out here, please re post them. First Responders, take care, get tested, be very safe, mask up, we need all of you. One infection could isolate an entire Fire Service for example. Check out this list and check your records to see if you were here.
Tryson, a four year old boy from Annapolis Valley was diagnosed with Leukemia New Year's Eve and is undergoing rounds of chemotherapy at the IWK.
It was brought to our attention that Tryson likes trucks. Valley-Kemptown & District Fire Brigade reached out to make a video for Tryson. We hope he feels better very soon!
Who are these people?? It's an unusual passion. And for me, one which evolved out of respect and admiration for what it must take to dedicate so much time to helping others in a dire time of need. Often by those who volunteer, but in every instance, by someone who dons a uniform of some sort and puts themselves in very stressful situations to help others. A form of community service not understood by all. As the concept of covering the people who wear these uniforms and the potential conflict that covering a stressful event can bring, a few of us photographers began to reach out to each other. Our primary focus was to do so tactfully, respectfully and above all as safely as possible. What evolved was in informal network of Nova Scotia photographers who cover those who serve. We don't talk about it publicly a lot, but when I meet for example, with a local Emergency Service, I field questions and answer as much as I can to help others understand why and how. It's a fully volunteer thing. For me it is my way of saying thank you, and to recognise the person behind the Breathing Apparatus, or mask, and acknowledge what they do. When the crew of shooters connect online, we talk about safety, ethical challenges, angles, keeping victims out of shots etc. There are many shots and scenes you will never see publicly. I don't post serious injury or fatal scenes, if I attend with the permission of the Emergency Service IC, sometimes those photos (if any taken) are given to the IC directly for future training purpose or investigation. We have a working relationship whereby any contentious photos are run by the Service IC before being made public. This photographer group tend to work very closely with Emergency Services as photographers and have safety equipment to reflect that. The majority of us are current or past Firefighters and a couple of us have served as RCMP Auxiliary Constables previously, so understand and respect safety and protocol which help greatly. We understand stress and how these scenes can impact ones mental health. You may notice that often the photos focus on the Emergency Service people, not the stuff. Most of us do not profit from any photos, and in my case, if mainstream media reach out, I gift them my shots, if appropriate. Some of us are embedded with local Fire Service and are notified when calls are dispatched. (and yes that means at 4am!) Sean O'Connell covers areas of Cape Breton, Sean Dewitt covers HRM, Brian Cameron covers Pictou County and Brian Taylor covers the Valley along with other shooters such as Bill Roberts and Adrian Johnstone and TC Code 1 covers Colchester and some of East Hants counties. A couple of us understand that there will be calls where we are not wearing cameras, but full bunker gear and BA, that's the deal. Like you who serve your community, this is about community service back to you, which simply recognises how much the greater community truly do appreciate what you do at a time when many are so willing to critique those who serve. So thank you for all that you do Emergency Service peeps and thanks to Brian, Brian, Sean and Sean for the connection and tips and tricks sharing!
Great work done in Cape Breton by my buddy and fellow Emergency Services shooter, Sean O'Connell of Sean Francis Photo. He often enters the AA Munro Insurance Fire Service contest and wins local Volunteer Fire Departments a great financial contributions by winning! Great work Sean! In a subsequent post I will fill you in on how a few of us who do similar work, connect to share concepts and practices. Grab a read of the article below, where Sean and AA Munroe were kind enough to shout us out at Truro & Colchester Code 1 Coverage.
gettheheight.com by Rebecca Davis Our annual Fire Hall Photo Contest celebrated its 10th year in 2020. Photographer Sean O’Connell has worked with local fire halls in […]
Local Police forces work to make safe, a Bible Hill Intersection with a car which stopped in the middle of it January 7 2021.
Re Alerts issued in Truro Colchester area, wanted suspect Jansen Bryan BAKER is now in custody in the area of Eddy Street, Amherst just after noon hour. Great work Amherst Police Department - Amherst NS. Photos by Katie Simmonds
When a boy was out with his Christmas present recently (when being supervised by an adult) he ran into connection problems and had his prized present landed on a nearby roof. Truro Fire was contacted and while they cannot always help in these situations, the building owner allowed for the recovery and Firefighters Tompkins and Maybe were able to help out, which made for one very happy boy! Great Community Service!
Truro Fire, Truro Police and EHS as well as MacKenzies attend an MVC earlier this evening.
Text from Truro Police Service:
At approximately 0950 hrs this morning the Truro Police Service responded to a call of a robbery at the Scotiabank, 7 Inglis Place , Truro.
Patrol officers and the Truro Police K9 Unit arrived within moments of the call and began actively looking for the suspect.
Through investigation officers identified and located a suspect at an apartment building in downtown Truro.
The suspect, a 40 year old male, was arrested for armed robbery at the apartment building and is currently in Truro Police custody.
The Truro Police Service Criminal Investigation Division is continuing this investigation.
The Truro Police Service will provide another update as new information becomes available.
Quality, safety focused coverage of emergency and fire scenes as approved and supported by area Fire Departments and their senior leadership. Professional media specialist with several years experience working emergency scenes.