DOES YOUR DEPARTMENT
HAVE A CISM PLAN?
It is important that your Emergency Services Department has an effective critical incident stress management plan (CISM). If not, whoever is in authority should get one instituted or know at the very least how to contact the nearest CISM Team.
You OWE it to yourself, your family and your co-workers to see that it is done.
DO THEY KNOW
WHO TO CALL FOR HELP?
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE IMMEDIATE CONTACT
WITH A TEAM IN YOUR AREA PLEASE PHONE
EMERGENCY AT 410-313-2473
We can help you get started.
WHAT IS CRITICAL INCIDENT STRESS?
Dr. Jeffrey Mitchell, defines Critical Incident Stress as: Any situation faced by Emergency Services Personnel that causes them to experience unusually strong emotional reactions which have the potential to interfere with their ability at the scene or later, generates unusually strong feelings in the emergency service workers.
WHO ARE EMERGENCY SERVICES PERSONNEL?
Emergency service workers consist of those individuals in service to their communities
(volunteer or career) as Firefighters, Police Officers, EMS, Nurses, Dispatchers,
Emergency Management Personnel and others.
WHAT IS CRITICAL INCIDENT STRESS MANAGEMENT (CISM)?
On Scene Support
Advice to Command
Resource Referral Services
Family/Loved One Support Services
Support to Emergency Management
Support to EAP Programs
CISM is the process of educating, preventing or mitigating the effects from exposure to
an abnormal or highly unusual event. A comprehensive CISM program would include:
Preventive/Educational/Informational programs for ESW’s
WHO PROVIDES CISM SERVICE?
CISM requires a well-trained staff as well as the acceptance, encouragement,
participation and support of the organization’s management at all levels. CISM is not
just the job of the well-trained team. Those people who offer the leadership and
education for CISM activities within an organization. But, good CISM is really the
responsibility of everyone in the organization and EARLY notification.
SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE ICISFAssistance in locating local CISM support
Maintenance of the CISM Team Registry
Coordination of CISM Teams in areas where there are none
Provision of immediate stress consultation to emergency personell
For more information on the above services, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-313-2473. We can help.
Click here to learn more about Goals and Objectives, Critical Incidents and CISM Fact Sheet.