Date of Paper

5-2012

Type of Paper

Clinical research paper

Degree Name

msw

Department

socialwork

First Advisor

David J. Roseborough

Abstract

Since September 11, 2001, a great deal of attention has been put on firefighters and their abilities to cope with the day to day stressors of their jobs. This study used a survey method to investigate the different ways firefighters in a mid-sized mid-western city take care of themselves mentally and physically. This study also explored the firefighters’ openness to the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) process and seeking formal mental health services if needed. It also examined whether all components of CISM are utilized by this department. The results indicated that overall the group was open to seeking mental health services if needed and feel that Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, a component of CISM, is beneficial. Further research could determine why this group is so open to the utilization of mental health services when compared to their peers previously studied in the literature and also the reasons behind the lack of retention of women within this department. Additionally, due to the camaraderie amongst the firefighters, other critical incident debriefings and ongoing support may be more beneficial for this department.

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