Peer Support teams in Public Safety are not new, and some have decades of experience providing crisis intervention support for their co-workers. But for many of those who train and volunteer for SAR, there may not be a structure for providing crisis intervention during or after a traumatic event. What you see in the work that you do can be highly distressing, and the locations of those searches can also be dangerous. Once the scene is secured and the search complete, you go home and resume your regular lives as though nothing has happened. But some of these scenes are hard to put away . . . sometimes they leave you with significant difficulties. Critical Incident Stress Management and Peer Support Teams can make a difference. Let’s consider that option and discuss how it would look.
I. What is Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)
II. Significant events for SAR
III. Signs of Critical Incident Stress
IV. Why is Peer Support so important?
V. Peer Support for Public Safety Personnel
VI. What would it look like for Search and Rescue?
VII. Building a Peer Support/ CISM Program to support your Search and Rescue Teams