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After Hurricanes, Who Takes Care of the Fire Fighters Who Took Care of Us?

E. coli, Toxic Material, PTSD Cause Health Worries

Disaster Relief Fund Provides Immunization and Peer Support

Press Release – WASHINGTON, DC — While most people were sheltered, hunkered down and taking care of their homes and families during and after the recent hurricanes, fire fighters and paramedics were on the streets responding to emergency after emergency and helping the families and communities they serve address a multitude of crises.

These brave men and women risk their own lives, often not knowing if their own homes are damaged or destroyed, and work overtime honoring the oath they took to protect and serve.

So, who helps these fire fighters and their families while they are helping you?

The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Disaster Relief Fund provides resources to keep fire fighters on the street to help communities recover and then helps the fire fighters recover, too.

IAFF disaster relief teams on the ground in Texas and Florida are providing food and water, direct financial assistance, vaccinations, behavioral health support and whatever else is required to make sure fire fighters get through these difficult times while working to keep the public safe.

Right now, health concerns are among the most urgent issues. The IAFF is directing resources associated with exposure to E. coli from contaminated water and toxic materials, including purchasing and administering 2,500 Hepatitis-A and Tetanus vaccines for an active immunization program underway in Texas and soon to be in Florida.

The IAFF is also helping with behavioral health. Throughout their careers, fire fighters and paramedics respond to unimaginable trauma, including fire injuries and deaths, car accidents, violent crimes and more. Responding to emergencies in the wreckage and carnage of a major storm can be a trigger for many fire fighters who have just seen too much. The Disaster Relief Fund makes resources available to deploy peer support teams to conduct needs assessments and provide assistance to more than 2,500 fire fighters in Texas, with more planned in Florida.

The IAFF Disaster Relief Fund —a Silver-rated charity by Guide Star, the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations — is governed by the International Association of Fire Fighters, the nation’s leader in advocating for public safety policies and the organization behind nearly every advance in the fire and emergency services in the 21st century.

Donate today with a tax-deductible contribution to help those who help you.

Here’s How:

Online at

Or send checks to:

IAFF Disaster Relief Fund

1750 New York Ave, NW
Suite 300

Washington, DC 20006

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