This cookie-cutter counseling approach clashed with the fire service’s culture of bravado, and over the years, there developed a resistance to forms of help aligned with the words “stress,” “debriefing” or “PTSD.”
Leave behind the baggage of rigid critiques and traditional counseling methods and make better use of what we know works for firefighters.
“Charleston 9: The Ultimate Sacrifice” shows the important work in the area of behavioral health as peer counselors helped firefighters deal with the loss of close friends and co-workers.
We as a service need to be able to handle the tough criticism that goes with working in a life and death environment.
It lies in pride, a haughtiness that gushes over with phrases of “brotherhood”, RFB-KTF and t-shirt slogans in place of proven wisdom.
There is a huge disconnect between what is needed in that smoke filled room and what people decide to learn and train on.
Let us know how your house is a “firehouse” and not just a place to work.
How’s that pledge thing working out for you?
If a certain word defines our identity and self-worth it is vital to know how we alter such word from its true definition.
We have the opportunity to mentor the next generation even before they get on the job, sometimes we do it without knowing it.