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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
ICISF 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)?
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

  • On Scene Support
  • Advice to Command
  • Demobilization Services
  • Formal Debriefings
  • Resource Referral Services
  • Family/Loved One Support Services
  • Support to Emergency Management
  • Support to EAP Programs
  • Community Awareness

    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 ICISF

  • Assistance 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 njcismteam@aol.com or call 410-313-2473. We can help.

    Click here to learn more about Goals and Objectives, Critical Incidents and CISM Fact Sheet.