Lecture - Mental Health & Ethical Issues in Emergency Responders
This lecture was presented on February 25, 2019 by Swarnima Chaudhary, MPH Candidate and PRA at the National Mental Health Innovation Center, at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Sponsored by the Center for Bioethics and Humanities Student Advisory Group.
This student manual, Stress First Aid for Firefighters and Emergency Medical Services Personnel has been developed to assist firefighters and EMS providers in taking care of each other. As this manual notes, Stress First Aid (SFA) “offers a flexible set of tools for addressing stress reactions in firefighters and rescue personnel.” It is intended to help members and leaders provide compassionate assistance to fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel, to prevent the progression of stress reactions and to bridge affected individuals to more formal treatment when that is required.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) recently introduced a new Behavioral Health Model that changes the way the fire service assists firefighters on the path to healing following traumatic events. In this article, Bill Carey explores how and why stress first aid is relevant to the fire service.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) developed this Student Manual for Curbside Manner: Stress First Aid for the Street with funding provided by the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Fire Prevention & Safety Grant Program, with additional support from the Department of Justice. Curbside Manner is a component of the NFFF’s Behavioral Health program that supports Firefighter Life Safety Initiative 13 (FLSI 13): Firefighters and their families must have access to counseling and psychological support.
Continuing Education - Stress First Aid for Fire and EMS Personnel First Responders
SFA was designed specifically to support firefighters, EMS, and rescue personnel, understand and recognize how stress manifests through thoughts words and actions. Additionally, the course covers how to deliver the “Seven C’s” of Stress First Aid (Check, Coordinate, Cover, Calm, Connect, Competence, Confidence).
Fire Service Behavioral Health Management guide (PDF)
Published by the IAFF and provides their recommendations for several different aspects of firefighter behavior health, like peer support.
Article - Occupational and Organizational Issues in EMS Behavioral Health
Recent advances in research and understanding of the behavioral health impacts of an emergency medical service (EMS) career have necessitated reconceptualization of previous approaches to prevention, mitigation, and intervention. Current recommendations focus on supporting personal and organizational foundations that help to bolster resilience while ensuring that processes are in place to provide access to intervention utilizing evidence-informed best practices where indicated.