Blaring sirens or flashing lights alerts us to emergency situations. Maybe we try to see the accident or have to drive past it. We wonder about what happened, was anyone hurt, or do we know the people injured. Perhaps we even think about the accident days or months later, wondering how the people are doing. However, we probably don't spend much time thinking about the police officers, firefighter, or EMS workers and how they cope with the daily exposure to multiple traumatic events.
Recent research suggests this daily exposure can and does affect the ability to cope effectively of emergency service workers. This seems to be especially true for those early in their careers. This research also highlights the importance of support programs and an emphasis on self-care early in a person's career.
How do you cope if you work in an emergency service profession or a profession where you see trauma everyday?