Thursday, December 14, 2017

Peer Support Team

According to the Center of Disease Control (CDC) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH), the traumatic stress that emergency workers are faced with everyday is rampant throughout the country. A publication, "Traumatic Incident Stress:  Information for Emergency Response Workers, created by NIOSH states that traumatic incidents can produce unusually strong emotional reactions that may interfere with the ability to function at a scene or later.  Horry County Fire Rescue recognized the challenges that our emergency workers faced and implemented the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) to assist, at these times.

Horry County Fire Rescue's CIT was created in 2008 to support our staff with critical stress defusing and intervene in order to mitigate the effects of accute stress, following major incidents, on our members.  Our procedures for activation to calls can be found under the Department's website policy link SOP 619.  This policy gives detailed information on when to activate the CIT and what specific information is needed to pursue further, more specialized care.

Life Sevices EAP

For career staff or HCFR volunteers, please go to the "Members Only" section of the website for access to EAP services.


The Need for Peer Support & CISM

White Paper
Written by Michael Medeiros, Wellness Coordinator
Horry County Fire Rescue
04/2011

horry county crisis team paper.pdf
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