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SECTION 17

CRITICAL INCIDENT DEBRIEFING TEAM FOR THE FIRE SERVICE

Critical Incident Debriefing Team   Page  
       
01. Information On Critical Incident Stress . Page 02
       
02. General Information .. Page 03
       
03. Local C.I. Team Contact ... Page 04
       
04. Activating The Critical Incident Team .. Page 04
       

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1. INFORMATION ON CRITICAL INCIDENT STRESS:  
     
     
1.1 Research has shown that only a small percentage of emergency service workers are actually not affected by stress.
   
1.2 All that is necessary is that the incident, regardless of type, generates unusually strong feeling in the emergency workers. e.g.:
   
- Death or suicide of co-worker(s).
   
- Death resulting from an emergency operation.
   
- Multiple casualty incidents.
   
- Excessive or critical media coverage.
   
- Prolonged or high powered events.
   
- Death or violence to a child.
   
1.3 The Critical Incident Team conducts either debriefing or a defusing.
   
1.4 Formal debriefings by the team are best conducted 24 to 72 hours following an incident.
   
1.5 Defusings are mini-debriefings conduct for small groups within 4 to 8 hours after an incident.
   
1.6 Signs and symptoms that may be observed with critical incident stress are:
   
- Difficulty concentrating.
   
- Tunnel vision
   
- Irritability, anger and or guilt.
   
- Flashbacks
   
- Withdrawal
   
- Increase use of alcohol or drugs.
   
- Profuse sweating and/or nausea.
   
Note: These symptoms may indicate that the emergency service worker is suffering from critical incident stress. These are normal reactions, by a normal person, to an abnormal event.


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2. GENERAL INFORMATION:  
     
     
2.1 If a person may be affected by a critical incident and they do not want to activate the C.I.S. Team, they may feel more comfortable working with their company (E.A.P.) employee assistance program.
   
- Contact your company representative if the E.A.P. is to be used.
   
2.2 The Fire Service Critical Incident Team will only assist municipal and industrial fire service personnel in and around Lambton County, and areas immediate to Port Huron Michigan.
   


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3. LOCAL CRITICAL INCIDENT TEAM CONTACT:  
     
     
3.1 The team can be contacted locally for such things as pamphlets and phone numbers pamphlets, or, phone stickers.
   
3.2 The local address and phone number is:
   
  Fire Service Critical Incident Team
   
  240 East Street North  
   
  Sarnia, Ontario. N7T 6X7
   
  (Phone) 332-1122
   


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4. ACTIVATING THE CRITICAL INCIDENT TEAM:  
     
     
4.1 Call 9 - 1 - 800 - 333 - 7721 (answered by Damar)
   
- Advise them of our local access number 911 - 911.
   
- Provide (Damar) with the following information.
   
- Your name and telephone number.
   
  (Your home phone number if a personal matter.)
   
- Company name.
   
- Possible back up number if first number is busy.
   
- Nature of incident.
   
4.2 Damar will contact a Critical Incident Team Coordinator, who will contact caller for more information.