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Springdale Fire Department

Springdale Fire Department and I (Nikki Penn) are partnering together in an effort to give each Springdale firefighter the opportunity to achieve and maintain physical and mental wellness.  

It is my belief that the stressors inherent with your job can be managed in such a way as to decrease burnout, sickness, constant anxiety and the lackluster for life that can develop.  

Over the next year, we will be offering classes, counseling sessions, information through email blasts, and opportunities for your spouses and significant others to be involved.

If you see an area of mental wellness that is not being covered, please feel free to reach out to me.  I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. 

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Things You Should Know About
I had a great time at Springdale this weekend, May 6-8th.  Thank you all for being such an amazing group to work with!
Firefighter spouses and significant others have a Facebook page to get information, events, and updates.  They can go to:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/720041522000459 to sign up.  
Counseling sessions can be set up by emailing npenn@nikkipenn.com.
The Arkansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial Stair climb is June 12th at the Arkansas Firefighter's Convention in Hot Springs. Go to
http://www.aff-memorial.org/index.php/register-stair-climb, if your interested in registering. 
We are planning a couple's conference for the fall.  Dates are to be determined.  Watch for information to follow.
May 16-22, 2021, is the 46th annual National EMS Week. In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized EMS Week to celebrate EMS practitioners and the important work you do in our nation's communities. This year's theme is "This Is EMS: Caring for Our Communities".
On May 23rd, the spouses and significant others of the new recruit class will be invited to the Springdale Training Center for an informational meeting with a meet & greet. Food and prizes will be given away.  
On May 24th, we will be offering a class to the new recruits about stress, trauma, coping skills, and health and wellness resources.
 
Tentative Schedule
June 24th-26th:   Counseling Sessions available
June 24th:  Spouses Night Out
July  22-23rd:  Mental Fitness Check-Ups
August 12th-14th:  Stress Reduction Groups
September 2nd:  Couples Conference
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