Get the scoop.

Other Articles

Notice of Request for Proposals for Interim Market Update Revaluation and Assessing Services for the City of Altoona, Wisconsin FY2022-2024 »

DNR awards Brownfields Grant to City of Altoona »

Startup Chippewa Valley Week | November 15-19, 2021 »

Altoona, Wisconsin versus Altoona, Iowa go head to head in friendly competition »

HATCH Business Pitch Competition | November 16, 2021 | 5pm-9pm | FREE »

We need your input! Please take the Growth Scenarios Survey. »

Request for Proposals for River Prairie Tree Replacement »

Request for Proposals Tree Supply and Planting Program »

City of Altoona Planning Workshop | Contribute Your Vision & Priorities »

Notice of Temporary Traffic Flow Disruption | Lake Road | Starting September 27, 2021 »

City of Altoona announces public land available for migratory bird hunting »

Request for Proposals for River Prairie Center Operations »

City of Altoona Comprehensive Plan and Post-Visioning Workshop Online Questionnaire »

Request for Proposals for City Park Playground Equipment /River Prairie Park Shade Structures »

Grant program to help small businesses find homes in Wisconsin »

How Altoona Fire & Rescue, UW Health are helping staff with suicidal thoughts

Friday, October 1, 2021
Katrina Lim | WQOW


ALTOONA (WQOW) - Because first responders are more likely to die by suicide than the general public, UW Health in Madison is working to help address the situation, as are local agencies in the Chippewa Valley.

According to a report from the CDC this year, law enforcement officers and firefighters are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty, and EMS are nearly 1.5 times more likely to die by suicide than the general public.

Mark Renderman, fire chief of Altoona Fire and Rescue, said in their department, they do critical incident stress debriefing within 24 to 72 hours after a traumatic event.

If that's not enough, Renderman said they also provide additional counseling through the "Employee Assistance Program."

"We go to a lot of traffic crashes. We go to equipment crashes which involve people where limbs may be damaged or individuals are damaged to the point where they can no longer be resuscitated," Renderman said. "So that's very stressful over time, especially if you have children."

All first responders are invited to attend UW Health's class aimed at first responders who are struggling or contemplating suicide. The class is being held on October 12 in Madison. 

Read more about this article »