International Association of Fire Fighters Local 18 / Vancouver Fire Rescue Services
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What is a Critical Incident Stress Defussion:
Defusings are performed after the incident and after the crew has returned to quarters.
Defusings usually last anywhere from 30-45 min.
Defusings offer information/support to allow initial ventilation of feelings, allow all members of the incident to explain their role in incident.
help stabilize the crew so they can either demobilize, or return to normal duties. By initiating crews in this process.
it allows members to see the overall picture, gaps to be filled, and any missing pieces of the puzzle to be completed.
This important process allows trained facilitators to monitor/assess individuals and provide additional advanced services and care when needed.
How does a debriefing help?
Fire fighting personal can benefit from a debriefing because it:
provides a supportive and non judgmental environment.
helps participants identify the signs and symptoms of common reactions.
reduces the feeling of isolation and inadequacy.
contributes to the prevention of career burn-out.
provides reassurance and support for others.
provides coping skills for the current CIS and for future events that will occur.
is a group session lead by a CISM Team of specially trained individual.
Is not a critique or performance evaluation.
Helps participants to focus on the event and share their thoughts about what
Is strictly confidential, no notes or names are recorded or released.
is usually conducted within 60 - 90 minutes.
What is a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing:
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