First responders are best known for their innate ability to help others. Whether it be a firefighter or an emergency medical technician or a police officer, first responders can be seen fearlessly helping others in situations where other people cannot help themselves. While it is perceived that first responders are incredibly vigilant professionals in dealing with traumatic events, sometimes trauma can affect the first responder, whether that is by causing post-traumatic stress disorder or another emotional disorder. As a company that offers peer support training and development courses, Peer Support Central understands the emotional battery that first responders handle on a day-to-day basis. Because of this, we offer first responder training courses that teach first responders to more easily identify when a coworker needs help, and know how to support them.

In today’s blog post we will be discussing the peer support training course that we offer to first responders, as well as the benefits that each course can provide.

Peer Support (Basic, Advanced, Update, Coordinators Workshop)

At Peer Support Central it is no surprise that our primary courses focus on peer support, recognizing when it is needed, and how to effectively provide it. But why is peer support increasingly important for first responders? First responders work in what can be described “nightmarish” working conditions, as when it is their time for duty, they are often called into dangerous or tragic situations. For firefighters, an average workday can consist of anything from a quiet day with no calls to rescuing people from a burning building. For a police officer, an average day can be quietly doing paperwork in the station or responding to a domestic violence call. For EMTs and an average day could be sitting in the vehicle waiting for a call or responding to a brutal car accident. Our point is that for first responders, there is no such thing as an average day.

Because of the sudden tragic experiences that a first responder can encounter on the job, they become more at risk for emotional disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder. In fact, a survey of 4,000 first responders revealed that 6.6 percent had attempted suicide in an attempt to end their inability to cope with their emotional stresses. Because of the increased likelihood of traumatic experiences that first responders see on a day-to-day basis we provide peer support training and development courses so that first responders can better protect themselves and others around them from emotional distress.

Career And Family Survival

As we discussed above, first responders are at risk for emotional trauma as a result of the traumatic experiences that they are often called to while on the job.  While this may create difficulties for the first responder themselves, it also has a large impact on their family and family life. At Peer Support Central, we have created a course that focuses on how to balance work and home life, as well as how to maintain both aspects of life over the course of an entire career.

Surviving “The Golden Hour” After Being Wounded

The “golden hour” is known in medicine as the time period (generally one hour) after a traumatic injury, during which medical treatment or a medical procedure is most likely to prevent death. First responders can often find themselves in a “golden hour” situation as a result of the dangerous jobs that they occupy. For a police officer, there are risks associated with the job like getting shot or injured by a criminal. For firefighters, injury can occur as a result of being injured in a burning building or becoming injured on the scene of a car accident. Regardless of how a first responder becomes injured, it is important that they know how to properly await emergency medical services, increasing the likelihood of surviving the golden hour.

Building A Wellness Program

Like any organization, first responders can also benefit from a health and wellness program. Health and wellness programs not only promote positive health and healthy habits, but it also builds comradery among your organization. In fact, over 70 percent of employers have made strides to create health and wellness programs in their businesses due to the positive results in both employee health and increases in productivity that can be provided. At Peer Support Central, we offer leadership training and corporate training courses that dive into the subject matter surrounding how to effectively create and implement a health and wellness plan within a first responder organization.

How To Successfully Retire

Arguably one of the hardest parts of being a first responder is retiring. After spending your entire life as one, it’s hard to just drop everything. While retiring can become a difficult feat, it is extremely important to find your “next mission”, or to set a new goal.  Join us at peer support central for one of our first responder retirement training and development courses and learn some helpful tips that can help you find your next mission.

Peer Support Central Is For First Responders

At Peer Support Central we are proud to offer a wide variety of training and development courses to first responders, members of the military, and corporate leaders. Of our training courses, some of the most important are for our country’s first responders, helping them learn to better support themselves and others, survive the golden hour, plan for retirement, and install health and wellness programs within their organizations.

Join us at Peer Support Central today for one of our peer support training and development courses or one of our military training, corporate training, leadership training or first responder training courses. Contact us today for more information, or check our course schedule online.

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