The McKinney Fire Department (MFD) is taking steps to help our first responders deal with stress. Eleven MFD leaders volunteered to take part in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) training at the Collin College Public Safety Training Center. First responders face traumatic events more frequently than the general public. Because of that, firefighters can become more vulnerable to acute stress, posttraumatic stress, depression and anxiety. CISM is considered a form of psychological first aid. It includes a focus on self-care and debriefing teams to help after calls for service. The Colony FD, Celina FD, Lucas FD, Frisco PD, Rowlett PD, DPS Chaplain and representatives from local hospitals and Amarillo Hospital are also taking part in the training. McKinney Human Resources Risk Management provided the funding.
“I’m here to learn how to help my crew,” said Captain Travis Irick. “We all face tough situations. What matters is how you are able to deal with them. We are all in this together.”
Fact: A 2018 NBC / International Association of Firefighters survey found 95%t of Firefighters in the U.S. said they experience critical stress on the job, and most said it leaves them with unresolved emotional issues.
Find more safety information on the Fire Department website or on the National Fire Protection website.
McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. As one of the fastest growing cities in America, McKinney has a current population of 180,000. The city was #1 on the list of Best Places to Live in America in 2014, published by Money Magazine. Established in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers award-winning schools, a vibrant historic downtown, diverse housing options, a robust economy and a uniquely beautiful natural setting, with rolling hills and lush trees.