By Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News, September 28, 2020
At a time when the suicide rate among firefighters increasingly concerns officials, fire crews and their families have a new center in a former firehouse where they can go for behavioral health treatment.
United Firefighters of Los Angeles City and Los Angeles Fire Department officially opened the Center for Health & Wellness in Arleta at Old LAFD Fire Station 7 on Monday, Sept. 28, during National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
The center is the first in the state to serve firefighters and their families with counseling, stress management, resiliency training and alcohol and drug addictions. The UFLAC/LAFD 24/7 Peer Support Team, with 100 firefighter members, will also be run out of the center.