Stress Inculcation in Firefighter Training

By David Werner It is no secret that our job can be very stressful, but the fact is the stressors we deal with today were the same stressors firefighters dealt with 50 years ago. The equipment and scenarios may look different, but the same problems continue to plague us and will continue to do so in the future. Although we will never be able to remove the stressors we encounter on the emergency scene, we do have control over how we prepare ourselves. Training is the key to ensuring adequate response under stress. When we are thrust into chaotic situations, we revert back to our most basic levels of training to survive. Unfortunately, our training does not tend to adequately prepare us to ...

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