Stress First Aid for Fire and Emergency Services Personnel

Stress First Aid for Fire and Emergency Services Personnel

Firefighter Life Safety Initiative number 13 states: "Firefighters and their families should have access to counseling and psychological support." Stress First Aid (SFA), an important component of fulfilling this Life Safety Initiative, is a set of supportive actions designed to help emergency responders assist each other in reducing the negative impacts of stress. SFA was designed specifically to support firefighters, EMS, and rescue personnel. This class teaches SFA at the awareness level, focusing on: Understanding stress; Recognizing how stress manifests in thoughts, words, and actions; and, Delivering the "Seven C's" of Stress First Aid (Check, Coordinate, Cover, Calm, Connect, Competence, Confidence) to each other. This method of assisting a co-worker undergoing stress is practical, flexible, and can be tailored to the specific need.