Training Mental Resilience: More Important Than Hose Drills - FirefighterNation
We need to be acting in advance to take care
of our own
By Lt. Eric Brenneman (ret.), CFO, Yoga For First Responders®
As a company officer it became clear that my crew, just as yours, had to learn basic skills before moving on to advanced tasks. Advanced tasks included practicing knots to PPE turnout drills, SCBA drills, ladder carrying drills, driving assessment drills, drills for EMS, drills for public education, drills for every chapter in the IFSTA Firefighter 1 textbook. Mastering such drills requires consistent, disciplined practice. Yet, where were the drills to make sure my firefighters were taking care of themselves? Where were the drills to make sure they were of sound mind to do the job? Where were the drills to help them sleep at night? Where were the drills for small stabilizing muscles to avoid injury getting off the rig? Where were the drills to ensure they could transition from call to call, or even more importantly, from work to home? Where were the skills for mental resilience?
We have all heard the statistics regarding the …
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