EMT and Firefighter Collateral Stress of the COVID-19 Pandemic; Fire Preparation and Response During Protests and Riots in New York City
Thursday, September 24, 2020
The first part of the class will discuss the surprising stressors that resulted from the COVID-19 Pandemic's EMS response, which are just now coming to light. Stress reduction techniques and suggestions will be offered to help stem the potential post stress reactions to this unprecedented call for help. The second part of the class will illustrate the dynamic and dramatic preparation and response of the FDNY's 6th Battalion units during the first two nights of the protests, riots, and looting following the death of George Floyd. The presentation will spur a discussion on how the chiefs working in the FDNY's 6th Battalion kept their members safe while responding through thousands of protestors and agitators, hundreds of NYPD police officers, and garbage strewn streets to extinguish almost 100 fires—including police cars full of ammunition, one report of a police officers trapped in a burning patrol car, and multiple calls reporting structural fires.