We usually think of Firefighters, Lifeguards, Police Officers, Ambulance Staff and other Emergency Service Personnel in connection with Trauma and Traumatic Incidents.
However, this cannot be further from the truth. As humans, as difficult as it may be to accept, we cannot avoid our vulnerabilities. Whether it is a natural disaster, the serious illness and/or death of a loved one, or a man made event such as a terrorist attack, trauma and traumatic events are a part of our lives.
It is completely understandable that these subjects will make many of us uncomfortable. It is completely normal for us to not want to think about these possibilities, to insulate ourselves from these deeply painful realities.
However, there are tools to assist us in recovering from these Traumatic Events, AND RECOVER WE WILL!
The Critical Incident Stress Information Sheet is a way to begin the healing process. It all starts with understanding what Trauma is and how it can impact us. Included are some things to be aware of, signs and symptoms, and tips for recovery.
Remember, you are not in this alone. Should you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me.
As First Responders, you respond to Critical Incidents on a regular basis. Many of you will serve your communities for thirty years, and for some, even longer. Our objective is to help you to remain physically, emotionally and spiritually healthy so you are able to enjoy your careers and the rest of your life once your service has ended.
Emergency Services Personnel are first in, last out individuals. First responders are individual’s whose first instinct is always to step up to assist others in their time of need. If you ask a first responder, how are you doing? The answer to that question will almost always be, “I’m good.”
Self- Care is a skill that many First Responders need to learn. These are things that first responders do for others every shift, but doing it for themselves is not a familiar or natural activity for many.
That is why this Critical Incident Stress Information Sheet was developed. The purpose of the information is to educate and provide some basic tools to use after difficult exposures on the job, and/or from the accumulation of incidents over a career.
If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact me.
Steven F. Froehlich, Ph.D.