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Responder Resilience, 27/07/2022

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Guest, Lt. Doug O'Rourke, Director Connecticut Firefighter Peer Support Network

Peer support is an essential element of any emergency response team. This episode features an interview with Doug O'Rourke, a Lieutenant with the Hamden Fire Department, who also serves as the Director of the Connecticut Firefighter Peer Support Network. In this video, Doug talks about the organization and its mission. He discusses the importance of peer support in the fire service, and how an effective peer support program can help prevent issues like PTSD and depression.

⫺ Peer support and critical incident debriefing are resources available to make sure that firefighters and first responders are able to cope with the high levels of stress that come with the job. Peer Support Teams are an important part of the overall process of providing support to the firefighters who have experienced a critical incident (also called critical incident stress).

⫺ We also talk about the formation of the team, how it is deployed, how to set one up, and best practices in utilizing a peer support model.

Headlined Show, Responder Resilience July 27, 2022

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Peer support is an essential element of any emergency response team. This episode features an interview with Doug O'Rourke, a Lieutenant with the Hamden Fire Department, who also serves as the Director of the Connecticut Firefighter Peer Support Network. In this video, Doug talks about the organization and its mission.  He discusses the importance of peer support in the fire service, and how an effective peer support program can help prevent issues like PTSD and depression.

Peer support and critical incident debriefing are resources available to make sure that firefighters and first responders are able to cope with the high levels of stress and anxiety that come with the job. Peer Support Teams are an important part of the overall process of providing support to the firefighters and their families who have experienced a critical incident (also called critical incident stress).

We talk about the formation of the team, how it is deployed, how to set one up, and best practices in utilizing a peer support model.

Premieres Wed, July 27 at 7 ET — ⫸ Watch replays anytime thereafter
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Guest, Lt. Doug O'Rourke

Guest Name
Lt. Doug O'Rourke
Guest Occupation
Fire Lieutenant and Director Connecticut Firefighter Peer Support Network
Guest Biography

Lieutenant Doug O’Rourke has been a member of the Hamden Fire Department for 17 years, and is a United States Navy veteran. Doug is a part-time farmer, PEER Support Advocate, Director of Hamden’s PEER Support Team as well as Director forCT Firefighter PEER Support Network.

Responder Resilience

Responder Resilience show is dedicated to improving the mental and physical well-being of police, fire, EMS, and dispatch personnel. Hosted by Lt. David Dachinger (Ret.), Dr. Stacy Raymond, Psy.D., and Bonnie C. Rumilly, LCSW/EMT-B, these broadcasts feature expert guests sharing vital information about wellness topics for first responders. For resilience strategies with compassion and humanity from the front lines of responder health and wellness, subscribe and watch it here. 

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BBS Station 1
Wednesday
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6:00 pm CT
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6:55 pm CT