14-44 Story 1: Emergency Responder Stress


Synopsis: Police officers, firefighters, paramedics and emergency dispatchers experience events that most people couldn’t stand, and they pay for it with high levels of stress-related outcomes and PTSD. Experts describe the training received by first responders, the additional training they need, and the police/fire culture that makes it difficult to get help.

Host: Reed Pence. Guests: Dr. Joel Fay, former police officer and President, First Responder Support Network and West Coast Post Trauma Retreat. Rodger Ruge, former police officer and founder of HeroTalk. Dr. Michelle Lilly, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Northern Illinois University. Heather Pierce, former 911 dispatcher. Dr. John Mason, founder, Stress Education Center, Oak Harbor, WA and author of The Guide to Stress Reduction.

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