MOTIVATION: By their very nature, firefighters and EMT’s are problem-solvers who feel rewarded for their actions on an emergency scene. But increasingly, these actions are cumulatively taking a toll on provider’s behavioral health.
OBJECTIVE : Participants will demonstrate a general knowledge of the mental health issues affecting the fire service, indicators of potential concerns, and corrective action options.
OVERVIEW: This drill is designed to highlight the job-related factors that could adversely affect the behavioral health of an individual responder with potential ripple effects throughout the department. It is intended as an awareness presentation only and is not intended to be an all-encompassing training program. Group interaction, with possible real-life experiences, should be encouraged by the facilitator/presenter. Finally, available resources for emergent actions and training should be presented.