If you have a passion for helping people, you have a wide capacity for empathy, and you don’t mind getting involved in stressful or even traumatic situations, then coming one of our nation’s many highly-respected first responders just might be a great option for you. While being a first responder might be one of the most demanding and challenging jobs out there, these heroes are much needed in our society, and the profession can also be very rewarding for many people.
With First Responder Peer Support Training, You’re Never Alone
Whether you’re interested in becoming an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), you have a close family member who’s a paramedic, or you work closely with first responders, just know that you and your peers aren’t alone. Peer Support Central believes that, with the help of education and peer support resources for first responders, war veterans, and other everyday heroes, we can improve the lives of others as well as the quality of our country’s first responder services.
From learning how to successfully retire from the first responder profession to building wellness programs for your own first responder organization, Peer Support Group can help. Read more about our first responder peer support services and resources, or continue reading below as we cover some of the many things that it takes to become a first responder. As always, if you have any questions for our peer support trainers, feel free to reach out to us at any time.
The Ability To Stay Calm
If first responders can’t stay calm or they start to freak out when an accident occurs, it’s only going to make the victims or witnesses feel more “on edge”, to say the least. There are many things that are important to being a first responder, but the ability to stay calm in crazy situations is essential. Indeed, the ability to stay calm and focused can make or break the difference between being useful and getting frazzled in chaotic situations. In addition, staying calm also helps calm down others around you, making it easier for you to dispense the necessary care and support that’s appropriate for the situation at hand.
Knowing When and How to Delegate Work
Some hesitate to delegate work, preferring to do just about everything themselves. However, taking on all of the work in an emergency situation can be overwhelming and overbearing, so it’s important that first responders know how to interact and work synergistically with fellow first responders, nearby witnesses or bystanders on the scene. Beyond the possibility of delegating medical work (usually a priority), you’ll need to get others around you to take care of other non-medical tasks such as calling emergency services, handing you first aid items, and recording important information and observations like eyewitness testimonies. First responders can even delegate a few individuals to manage the nearby crowd and politely ask them to step back a few feet in order to give you and the victim(s) some breathing room.
The Ability To Express Empathy
Empathy is a very powerful emotional tool, but it is only effective when it is genuine. More often than not, first responders excel in their position when the individual in question has a real capacity for empathy and understanding other people’s situations, thoughts and feelings. Without a keenness for empathy, emergency situations will be more hostile and tense, leading to unnecessary stress and frustrations. If you don’t have experience doing this, you might not know how difficult it can be to take care of a patient in the midst of a volatile, distracting environment.
With the help of a good, positive attitude, you’d be surprised at how far something as simple as a reassuring tone and a soothing manner can go in order to diffuse the tension in an emergency situation. By putting yourself in concerned people’s shoes, you can then help ease their fears and better control the situation. This, in turn, will help you continue with your important work without any additional stress.
If you learned basic CPR methods as a certification for babysitting, that’s a great start, but it won’t exactly suffice as a first responder. First responders are required to have certification in CPR for healthcare providers. Training and certification are found through the National Institutes for Health, the American Heart Association, and other venues. As opposed the standard layperson CPR courses, CPR training for first responders is more in-depth, including 1 and 2-rescuer CPR techniques, the use of an automatic external defibrillator, and advanced rescue breathing techniques.
Completing a State-Approved First Responder Course
The U.S. Department of Transportation First Responder National Standard Curriculum (that’s quite a name, we know) is the standard for first responder training in the United States. Typically, the curriculum is divided into seven modules for a grand total of 26 lessons addressing crucial topics like patient preparation, airway management, patient assessment, circulation, medical emergencies and illnesses, situations involving childbirth and infants, EMS operations, and much, much more.
Your state-approved first responder course also teaches how to use certain medical equipment and report to responding emergency medical technicians and authorities. If you thought that becoming a first responder wouldn’t be difficult, think again. It requires extensive education and training, and that’s not even including the certification exam.
Peer Support Training For First Responders
Sometimes things get complicated as a first responder, and having a community and set of resources to rely on can be an invaluable tool. That’s what Peer Support Central is here to do. From first responder workshops to leadership training courses and more, let us help. Reach out today.