We all have those days.
Those days at work when everything seems to go wrong.
The boss is angry because you missed a deadline. Coworkers are being catty. Clients are asking you to deliver impossible results.
These professional events stress us out and make us feel like we never want to go to work again. However overwhelming they might be for us, these stressful situations pale in comparison to the critical incidents first responders are faced with on a daily basis.
Most of the time, the things that stress us out at work aren’t life threatening. As first responders learn in training, life threatening incidents are part of their job.
Critical Incidents Covered In First Responder Training
- Assault By A Victim/Suspect
- Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIEDs)
- Suspicious Letters/Packages
- Clandestine Drug Labs
- Erratic Drug Users
- Civil Unrest/Riots/Looting
- Mass Shootings/Active Shooters
- Hostage Situations
- Child Abuse Situations
- Fire/EMS Scene Safety at Scenes of Violence
- Bomb Threats
- Bottle Bombs
- Post-Blast Response
The above list is only a small percentage of the critical incidents a first responder may encounter during the daily performance of their job. As you might suspect, performing under this kind of stress requires a very specific kind of training, and often, counseling for critical incident stress management.
You see, first responders may act like heroes, running toward situations that most of us would prefer to run away from, but they’re people too. First responders have hearts and minds that can be traumatized without the proper critical incident training.
You can be part of a team of peer support specialists who help provide this training. If you’re a first responder who’s looking to provide support to your peers, contact Peer Support Central about our training for critical incident management.