TRAINING FOR FIRST RESPONDERS 

STRESS FIRST AID 

First responders are faced with a myriad of stressors that go beyond what the general population may experience. The effects of first responder stress events can factor into behavioral health issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse and depression. Resources available today, like Stress First Aid (SFA), address the unique stressors related to first responders and build on the strengths of first responders, including a sense of belonging, support from one another and a strong sense of purpose.

SFA is a flexible set of tools used to care for stress reactions in fire and EMS personnel. Unlike other acute stress management procedures, SFA was designed specifically to support firefighters and EMS personnel. The goal of SFA is to restore health and readiness after a stress reaction. SFA is a toolkit that emphasizes the importance of continuously monitoring the stress of fire and rescue personnel, to quickly recognize and appropriately help individuals who are reacting to stress and are in need of interventions to promote healing.

Stress First Aid Online Module
Self Paced

  • This online module allows for flexibility
  • You can access anytime, anywhere and start and stop as needed
  • Learn to identify stress reactions within yourself and your crew members
  • Understand the stress zone continuum
  • Recognize Orange Zone indicators
  • Learn strategies of the 7 C’s of SFA to help reduce the risk of more severe stress reactions
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Stress First Aid Awareness
90 Minutes

  • The basic foundation of SFA
  • The skills to implement SFA for individuals in crisis
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Stress First Aid for Leadership
90 Minutes

  • Incorporate SFA into existing health/safety/wellness programming
  • Discuss program implementation challenges
  • Identify areas of work needed prior to implementation
  • Discuss leaders’ need to manage their own stress
  • Identify tools leaders can use to maintain their own wellness, as well as physical and behavioral health
  • Discuss leaders’ imperative to act on self or member behavioral health challenges
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Stress First Aid Train-the-Trainer
Full Course (2 days)

  • Better understand the needs of individuals affected by stress
  • Better manage their own stress
  • Engage in more helpful peer support
  • Create peer support and behavioral health programs
  • Develop skills to implement the SFA model for individuals in crisis
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