There were multiple first responder groups on scene
of that crash.
And the job of a first responder comes with a lot
But there is a group to help.
News 8's Kyle Dimke joins us now to tell us about
how these first responders cope after a traumatic
no matter how long they've been a first responder...some
calls are worse than others.
The Critical Incident Stress Management Team or the
C-I-S-M...is there to help first responders get through
that tough time though.
GC: 1- I still today remeber my first fatal fire
Even after around 30 years as a firefighter...there
are some calls that stand out in Cheif Gregg Cleveland's
GC: 5- I know that if these issues are not dealt with
appropriately they can have devastating affects on
individuals and their families.
To help first responders deal with the day-to-day
stress and traumatic incidents they see.
a special group of volunteers...who are first responders
answer the call both day and night.
to help take care of their own.
KE: 6- it's really talking about, 'what were your
first reactions? How are you coping with it now? What
kinds of signs and symptoms are you having from stress?'
and then we offer them some suggestions on how to
deal with the stress
Critical Incident Stress Management team member Karla
Eppler says after a more traumatic accident.
the C-I-S-M team is called in to talk.
KE: 7- They do a tough job and they need to have somebody
to talk to after some of these really tough calls
And first responders say talking really helps.
EE: 8- You're always going to remeber this event,
but we're telling you how to file it, we're helping
you file it in the brain properly so it's stored neatly
and it's not just going to come barging out at some
KE: 9- basically our philosophy is if we get a call
from a first responder agency or an ambulance, fire,
police, we will do everything we can to get there
The C-I-S-M is an organization around the world devoted
to helping first reponders.
Our local team covers the entire Coulee Region.
with members from all over the area.
It is made up of first responders like police officers,
firefighters, E-M-T's, local pastors and social workers.
Members of the C-I-S-M are trained on talking with
They also meet a few times a month to learn new techniques
and role play to keep their skills up.