By TB News Watch:
Lakehead University’s Dr. Kathryn Sinden is receiving $100,534 from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research for a study that will assist firefighters who experience post-traumatic stress injury while on the job in Thunder Bay.
Dr. Sinden, assistant professor in Kinesiology, has developed a strong research partnership with Thunder Bay Fire Rescue (TBFR), the Thunder Bay Professional Firefighters Association (TBPFA), and the chair of their Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) over the last two years to identify and address the high rates of critical incident exposure by members of this fire service.
“Our preliminary data indicates that 94 per cent of firefighters in Thunder Bay experience at least one critical event over a two-month period,” Dr. Sinden said.
“Out of those events, 79 per cent involved at least one or two deaths and 54 per cent involve children. These results appear to be higher than the critical incident exposure of fire services in other Canadian regions,” Dr. Sinden added.
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