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KFD Learns How to Spot Mental Distress Among First Responders


Hello, Cody Phinney back for another update from the Kindersley Fire Brigade.

Over the weekend of March 4th and 5th members from the KFD completed their second and final weekend of Critical Incident Stress Management (C.I.S.M.) training. C.I.S.M. training covers various mental health topics mostly focusing on how to recognize signs and symptoms of mental distress among all types of first responders, and how best to engage as peer support for those types of situations. C.I.S.M. is an international training standard with a network of trained individuals who can respond as mental health peer support to large or especially impactful emergency incidents. The KFD takes mental health seriously, and this training adds another tool into our kit to keep our members safe and healthy.

According to the N.F.P.A. there are about 20 home fires each day involving candles, and on average 60% of those fires were caused by combustible materials being too close to the candle. Always keep burning candles at least 12 inches from curtains or other flammable materials, and never leave them unattended. Keep all open flames somewhere where they can’t be easily knocked over, and don’t leave a child or pet alone in a room with one. And of course, a working smoke detector can give you and your family enough time to escape should a candle ignite a fire in your home. Thanks for reading!

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