We, as First Responders, didn’t know the impact our industry would have on us or, subsequently, the tools we would need, not only to survive, but to excel in our industry: our health, psychological well-being, and lives are at risk.
If we’re going to survive and thrive in public safety we need a more comprehensive approach to resiliency than what has been done before. Until now, there have only been a few resources available to personnel and their families to cope with the unanticipated complications created by being exposed to high-stress situations on a regular basis. Many of these resources requiring prohibitive amounts of time and effort to navigate the process.
Mental wellness and peer support have become the new buzz words in our industry; programs have been developed to help us carry each others burdens, therapists stand in line to aid in the psychological healing process, and sessions are held after the incidents, to ensure everyone is stable and will be ready for the next call. These have been helpful approaches, but are only stop-gap measures to an issue that is far more complex than sharing the psychological implications and feelings associated with running a bad call, a series of calls, or coping with a career of serving. Research and data prove that the issues we deal with are physical, psychological, neurological and emotional. Every part of the human system is effected by exposure to trauma.
Utilizing years of experience in public safety, combined with data, science and research and development, we are prepared to provide first responders with tools, techniques, technologies and resources that will not only allow them to survive their careers, but to do so with their lives and families intact.