By Corwyn Fiesen, MySteinbach:
The Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC) will soon be offering a program called ‘The Working Mind First Responders (TWMFR)’ in partnership with the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and the Manitoba Association of Fire Chiefs (MAFC), to help members of the Manitoba Fire Service cope with the realities of work-related stress.
“Helping our first responders identify the stressors they may face, and making sure they have the coping mechanisms to deal with that stress, is critical,” said Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen, minister responsible for the Office of the Fire Commissioner. “Emergency service personnel face trauma on a daily basis, and we want to ensure they have the skills to maintain resilience and keep coming back to do the important life-saving work they do.”
Under an agreement with the MHCC to deliver the Train the Trainer program, a specialty instructor network will be developed to deliver the half-day training sessions to members of the Manitoba Fire Service. The specialty instructor network will work under the guidance and direction of the Manitoba Emergency Services College (MESC) as the training and education provider on behalf of the OFC.
This model has been highly successful in delivering other important fire, rescue and emergency medical training in Manitoba, and will ensure the TWMFR program is available to all departments across the province.
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