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In the Line of FireTrauma in the Emergency Services$
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Cheryl Regehr and Ted Bober

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195165029

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165029.001.0001

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ALL IN A DAY’S WORK

ALL IN A DAY’S WORK

Traumatic Events in the Line of Duty

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(p.12) 2 ALL IN A DAY’S WORK
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In the Line of Fire
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CHERYL REGEHR

TED BOBER

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165029.003.0002

This chapter describes the multiple traumatic events encountered by emergency responders, drawing directly on interviews with emergency responders. While most discussed horrific events which contained much blood and gore, they were quick to add that these were not the events that “have left me sleepless.” The events that were most troubling for paramedics, firefighters, and police officers did not involve multiple deaths in a dramatic incident, but rather involved the death or injury of someone that the worker contextualized in relationship to others. These events connected personally with the emergency responder and often caused them to re-evaluate their own relationships, priorities, and achievements. These findings require a rethink of intervention models that focus on high profile, dramatic incidents and ensure that services are available to allow workers to discuss personal reflections of tragic, yet unsung events.

Keywords:   critical events, line of duty death, emotional empathy, child abuse, personal injury, multiple traumatic events, intervention models

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