Tips for Managing and Preventing Stress: A Guide for Emergency Response and Public Safety Workers [open pdf - 1MB]
"Engaging in response efforts in the wake of a traumatic event is inevitably stressful for those involved in the emergency response. While the work is personally rewarding and challenging, it also has the potential for affecting responders in harmful ways. The long hours, breadth of needs and demands, ambiguous roles, and exposure to human suffering can adversely affect even the most experienced professional. Too often, the stress experienced by the responders is addressed as an afterthought. With a little effort, however, steps can be taken to minimize the effects of stress."
Report Inventory No. KEN01-0098
United States. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: http://www.samhsa.gov/