Since Firefighters and EMTs do not all respond similarly to traumatic events, new terminology has been developed recognizing these events as potentially traumatic events. These kinds of experiences happen with unfortunate regularity because they are an essential part of what the fire service does. No matter the size or type of the organization, it is important that firefighters be prepared to deal with the impacts of these exposures, and that fire departments provide access to resources that can make a difference.
The recommended actions for exposure to occupational stress reflect best practices based on current research, and should fit easily into the operations and support systems that most fire departments have in place.
Use of a Trauma Screening Questionnaire can help individuals to understand if they are in need of behavioral assistance.