Fire and Emergency Services
INSIGHTS FROM CEO
The 21st Century Fire and Emergency Services white paper developed by subject matter experts, the CPSE, and the ICME staff, outlines critical issues impacting government entities, including fire departments. The white paper provides initiatives that fire departments will need to consider to remain viable.
Below are proactive ways to address the increased mental health challenge(s) facing the fire and emergency service industry today and how FMRT’s public safety psychology and medical group can help:
1. Assess the psychological suitability of the candidate before hiring
FMRT provides comprehensive psychological evaluations that include a battery of assessments, background information, and a clinical interview with a mental status examination. All performed by public safety psychologists to determine if the applicant is psychologically suitable for the specific safety-sensitive position.
2. Evaluate the ongoing psychological suitability of your employees
FMRT will perform annual, bi-annual, or every few year psychological evaluations. A report will be provided to you, including information about any psychological barriers to ongoing employment in their specific position. These are evaluations; however, specific medical information will not be disclosed.
3. Require annual wellness appointments for employees
This allows for 1:1 confidential time with a public safety psychologist. As the employer, you will know that they attended. This helps remove the stigma since everyone is required, and they’re informed that the information is privileged.
Ongoing psychological evaluations – annual or beyond would be helpful in addition to the required wellness appointment option. This depends on whether the department wants an evaluation with a finding, a proactive appointment solely for the employee’s benefit, or both.
4. Develop a peer support team
FMRT will support the implementation, evaluation of members, and ongoing training based on the psychological first aid model. Peer support members provide proactive support for their colleagues when day-to-day stressors impact their behavior on the job, before a Fitness for Duty Evaluation may be required. They can be immediate support after a critical incident to help educate and navigate the next steps.
5. Support after a critical incident
FMRT will schedule your employee within 48-72 hours after an incident and have a 3-month follow-up, based on employer and employee needs. You will be informed of the employees’ attendance; however, this is a confidential opportunity for the individual.
6. Do you need your local EAP trained in public safety?
FMRT will train your EAP group and make them more culturally-aware of the unique demands that fire and emergency service professionals face. When referrals go beyond their scope, or your employee wants to see a public safety psychologist, we can provide short-term counseling.
Elizabeth Morris, M.A.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Phone: 336-761-0764 ext. 1011
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