When they hear the words “first responder” people generally think of three main professions: police, firefighters, and emergency medical professionals. These are the trained professionals that respond first to situations that most of us would rather run away from. First responders receive training so that they can perform in the face of critical incidents that would paralyze the average civilian.

However, the “big three” of first responders aren’t the only ones who must undergo training to deal with emergency situations in the line of duty.

According to the National First Responders Organization, all of the following are also professionals who must deal with critical incidents as part of their job:

  1. Law Enforcement Officers
  2. Firefighters
  3. Paramedics
  4. Emergency Medical Technicians
  5. Correction Officer
  6. Park Rangers
  7. DEA Agents
  8. ATF Agents
  9. US Marshall
  10. Homeland Security Agent
  11. Red Cross Members

For a complete list of first responder professions, visit NFRO.org.

Critical Incident Counseling Is A Vital Part Of First Responder Training

Although first responders receive critical incident training, we believe this training is incomplete without counseling to help them deal with stress after the fact. Just because a firefighter, police officer, paramedic, or other first responder performed their job correctly during a critical incident doesn’t mean that they have the training necessary to deal with the mental and emotional consequences.

Peer Support Central is your premier online provider of critical incident management training for first responders. Click through our critical incident counseling courses online or contact us to learn more about how our training offerings can help first responders.