Family folks, I want to be sure you supporters see this as it pertains to many kinds of acutely stressful incidents and lists some good info. Ab.
Attached is the handout we use for our local critical incident stress
management (CISM) team whenever we do a stress intervention. The first half
is a list of stress reactions that emergency responders commonly experience
in the hours, days and weeks following a critical incident. The second part
is “12 things to try” to help alleviate the symptoms.
The guys on the line have one advantage over the dispatchers and office
folks – they get plenty of strenuous exercise to help the body cope with the
physical reactions. But, sometimes we forget that there is still a human
being under the dirty nomex.