More than 20 mental health providers and emergency service workers from fire, police and emergency medical services agencies from Allegany, Washington and Frederick counties attended critical incident training at Williamsport Fire & Rescue earlier this year.
The training, "Critical Incident Stress Debriefing," was hosted by the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services System.
It was led by Stacey Black and Julie Kugler-Bentley, mental health therapists with Behavioral Health Services, a wellness education, mental health and addictions treatment provider in Washington County.
The training program addressed the stress caused by critical incidents such as death in the line of duty, situations of multiple casualties, and many other situations that emergency service providers deal with on a daily basis.
The program also linked mental health and peer support personnel to support providers who are directly affected by these experiences.