Using information gathered from interviews with mid- to high-level supervisors from several local law enforcement agencies, as well as fire department and emergency medical services (EMS) staff members, the presenters discuss insights into the impact of this work on first responders, the measures agencies have taken to minimize negative effects on staff members, and products or tools required to advance these efforts.
Although first-responder trauma tends to be cumulative with multiple exposures to impactful incidents over time, the opioid crisis has placed new demands on first responders, compounding levels of job-related stress and exposing trauma individuals and organizations experience.
First responders now have added responsibilities vital to the nation's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, increasing potential traumatic exposures for an already stressed group of professionals. This underscores the importance of ensuring that first responders have the information and support they need to continue to serve their communities and the nation.
During this webinar, we:
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