Have you continued to be disturbed by a bad call?
Do you suffer from interrupted sleep or sleep deprivation?
Do you frequently find yourself being impatient or irritable?
Are your close relationships feeling strained?
As a Firefighter or Medic you are:
- Putting your life on the line to save a stranger
- Filled with images, sounds, smells and emotions which can stay with you indefinitely
- Faced with emotionally challenging situations
- Protecting your family from your experiences, so you don’t traumatize them
- Constantly keeping your skills, mind and body in prime condition
When the tones go off:
- You are often required to go from eating your dinner or being in a deep sleep, to climbing in the rig
- As you race to someone’s crisis, while trying to formulate a plan on how to handle the emergency, yet there will be unknowns you cannot predict but must be ready to handle
- You must also handle the trauma of the loved ones who are watching helplessly, as the crisis unfolds
- The hysterical mother screaming because her children are still in the house being quickly consumed by flames
- The wife begging her husband not to die
- The look in the father’s eyes when you told him you could not save his infant son
- You are left wanting to just go home to hug your own children
A bad call
- You may talk about a bad call when you return to quarters
- If you keep talking about it, your fellow fire fighters may assume that you are not emotionally strong enough to handle the job, so you keep it to yourself and try to work it out on your own
- You find fulfilment in helping others, yet those are the very calls that cause you to feel like you failed
- After it has hurt long enough, and with more trauma than you can hold in, you begin to wonder if you can continue to do this job
Incident or accumulative stress can leave you with:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Verbal or Physical Abuse of your Loved Ones
- Thoughts of suicide
- Emotionally withdrawing or isolation
inLife Clinic would like to provide you with:
- A safe, confidential place for working through the impact of the stressors and traumas you have experienced
- A place where the families of First Responders can talk about their concerns or challenges
- Offer a unique approach of counseling and Brain Training services
Brain Training is like going to the gym for your brain
- Trauma and stress will cause imbalances in your brainwaves, which is like getting out of shape
- It is difficult to do your job when you are out of shape physically
- Your brain is your body’s Incident Command Center, so when it is working at it’s best, it coordinates your responses to life to run more smoothly and efficiently
Visit the Brain Training section of our website to understand how this unique approach can help you regain the life that you desire.
Counseling for Firefighter, Medics and their Families
Phyllis Rogers has served as a Chaplain for the Redmond Police and Fire Chaplain Departments since 2007. She provides support to all police and fire personnel and their families. She is also dispatched to scenes where emotional support is needed for community members. To read more about Phyllis and her personal story of traumatic loss, please visit our Counseling page.