Denver firefighters open up about suicide prevention
Mental health is now just as important as physical health in the department's total wellness program
DENVER — Suicide prevention is usually not mentioned in an employee handbook or in regular workplace meetings.
However, the Denver Fire Department has made it a priority. "It's OK to talk about these things," Denver Fire Chief Eric Tade said. "There is no need to internalize them." Chief Tade has worked at Denver Fire for more than 20 years. He can recall several suicides within the department.
However, it was the loss of one department veteran in February 2013 which prompted change. Chief Tade refers to Captain Steve Magana as the "firefighter's firefighter" who embraced his job wholeheartedly over his 30 years with the department.