Are mandatory debriefings following traumatic incidents always in everyone's best interest? Research and lessons learned from 9/11, Charleston, and other events show the answer is no. Immediately sending in counselors has become a standard procedure, but work sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) makes it clear it's time to move forward from a "one size fits all" approach.
At an international conference on Friday, March 1, the NFFF introduced a new Behavioral Health Model that changes the way the fire service assists firefighters and others on the path to healing. It is based on the concept that no two firefighters will necessarily have the same reaction — not even to the same call.
For more information about the new Behavioral Health Model go to www.lifesafetyinitiatives.com.