|During the past week,
fire departments around the U.S. have dealt a multitude of tragedies....
children drown after falling through thin ice, a fellow firefighter collapsed
and died after battling a fire, yet another firefighter was seriously burned
and spends several days in a burn unit.
We all think that we're tough
and to a certain point we are...
Day in and day out, we deal
with the life and death situations. Then, there is an incident that affects
us personally... and have we to take off the "tough guy" mask.
Emergency service workers
such as firefighters, police officers, paramedics, dispatchers, corrections
officers or emergency medical technicians can be subject to critical incident
stress. Critical incident stress is defined as any situation faced by emergency
services personnel that causes them to experience unusually strong emotional
reactions which have the potential to interfere with their ability at the
scene or later.
It can't happened to
Critical Incident Stress
syndrome is known to effect up to 87% of all emergency service personnel
at some point in their career. It will affect seasoned veterans and rookies.NO
ONE is immune.