FDIC International, Firefighter Training, Firefighting

FDIC 2014 Preview: Firefighter Stress and Panic on the Fireground

Palm Beach County (FL) Fire Rescue Firefighter Ric Jorge will present “The Courage Within” at FDIC 2014.

Panic and anxiety can lead to disorientation and affect the decision-making process. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, over the past 15 years, this phenomenon–also seen in the U.S. military, law enforcement, the commercial airlines industry, professional sporting teams, and Olympic athletes–has contributed to more than 230 firefighter line-of-duty deaths in the United States. This class identifies the problem in depth and shows how fire service training models can be used to manage this problem. Students will also witness how some training models can do the exact opposite and create the potential for post-traumatic stress disorder. The techniques introduced help set firefighters up to be successful.