24 HOUR TEAM ACCESS: (757) 220-4356
CISM Application, Adobe formatted for printing.
The Peninsulas EMS Council's Regional CISM team can be activated whenever it is deemed necessary by an individual or an agency.
Examples of critical incidents are:
- injury or death of an emergency worker
- prolonged events
- injury or death of children
- mass casualty incidents
- threats to emergency worker’s safety
- natural disasters
- man-made disasters
A single highly stressful event or series of less stressful events can cause the emergency service professional to suffer stress reaction symptoms. These symptoms may include:
- GI upsets
- memory loss
- concentration problems
- problem solving difficulties
- identification with the victims
- fear of repetition of the stressful event
- mood swings and depression
- changes in sleep patterns
- changes in eating and work habits
- unusual actions or behaviors
A DEBRIEFING should be requested if stress symptoms continue beyond the first 48-72 hours of the incident. Overwhelming stress symptoms usually occur in the first 24-48 hours following a critical incident. If you or your agency is in need of CISM Team assistance, please contact the Peninsulas CISM Team.
A DEFUSING is an intervention done within 8 hours of an incident. It is an informational session lasting about 40 minutes. This is ideal if the crew is going on a break and may mitigate some stress related problems early on.
A DEMOBILIZATION is a 20-30 minute informal session used at disasters and incidents that may be extended and have more than 100 responders. It is a step down session that assists a crew or company in transitioning from the scene to normal duty.
The Peninsulas CISM Team is able to assist with any of these interventions. Please contact the office if you have any questions.
If you need to contact the Peninsulas CISM team, please call (757) 220-4356 and ask that a member of the team be paged.
If you do not get a response from the page within a reasonable amount of time, please call the PEMS office at 804-693-6234 or Ellen Vest at 804-366-7189.
For more information or a membership application, please contact
International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc.
Traumatic Events Information Sheet