EMT’s and other emergency medical service workers often find themselves in need of critical incident stress management and the support of their peers. EMS workers are subjected to some of the most unfortunate situations that society can conjure. First responders like paramedics have a very high need of PTSD support, necessitated by the incredible stress of the job including long hours and harsh environments.
The circumstances and stresses EMT’s are under every day are mindboggling. Their top-heavy vehicle is filled with explosive oxygen and sharp medical supplies, and they’re speeding down streets while people may or may not get out of their way. All this before they ever get to the emergency.
What they’re called to deal with is often more disturbing than the dispatcher could possibly relate, and they know when they get to the scene that there’s a possibility the people they’ve raced to help could be dead. If not, they still have to engage with people who might be injured, on drugs, or both. EMS responders must remain calm while those around them are having one of the most traumatic experiences of their lives. The job includes hard hours and none of the acclaim afforded the other types of emergency responders. No wonder the incidence of drug and alcohol abuse is so high among EMTs.
We have been forming our peer support training and development courses for years to deal with the problems EMS professionals face, and have found proven methods of dealing with the extended stress levels that they endure every day. If you are ready to help them, register for these peer support program classes today.