This workshop will identify risks associated with behavioral wellness in today’s firefighter. The issue of behavioral health has affected firefighters for many years without much notice. Acknowledging and accepting the mental and physical impact has only recently been recognized as having a short and long-term consequence on the mental wellness of our brothers and sisters, which we in the public safety community are now beginning to admit. It is a duty of ourselves to accept we cannot always deal with the stress that life and public safety brings to bear upon.
Student will be able to identify behaviors related to suicide.
Student will understand the actions they can take to intervene with firefighters who are behaving in an abnormal manner.
The student shall be able to define: Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Describe services associated with his/her department’s designated EAP
Critical Incident Stress Management
The student shall be able to define:
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Know the symptoms of PTS.
Know the actions to take related to preventing suicide.