The Stress Continuum was first created for use by the US Marine Corps for use in combat setting. Often used as a snapshot at how soldiers were managing stress in combat operations, it has now been applied to a variety of settings, including firefighters (Stress First Aid) and Law Enforcement and more recently has been adopted for use by outdoor organizations such as NOLS and Outward Bound.
Combat and Operational Stress First Aid: Caregiver Training Manual
The continuum can be used a self-assessment tool, in order to provide those affected by single incident or cumulative stress to detect early and late changing reactions caused by overwhelming stress.
Stress First Aid for Firefighters and Emergency Medical Services Personnel
Stress First Aid (SFA) is a set of supportive actions designed to help emergency responders assist each other in reducing the negative impacts of stress. This version of SFA was adapted from the Combat and Operational Stress First Aid model, designed specifically to support firefighters, EMS, and rescue personnel. SFA includes instruction for peers and mentors on understanding stress, recognizing how stress manifests in thoughts, words, and actions, and delivering the “Seven C’s” of Stress First Aid (Check, Coordinate, Cover, Calm, Connect, Competence, Confidence) to each other. This method of assisting a co-worker undergoing stress is practical, flexible, and can be tailored to the specific need.
Stress Injury Formation
Our Alliance presented a three part webinar series on calibrating the stress continuum for use by police, fire, EMS and dispatchers in partnership with ResponderStrong.
Part 1: Stress and the Human Machine
What if PTSD wasn’t viewed as a disorder at all, but one of the most adaptive survival mechanisms ever created and still functioning.
Part 2: Preparing and Caring for Exposure in Real Time
Stress injuries occur on a continuum with PTSD as one of many presentations.
Part 3: Mission Satisfaction and Moving Towards Green
If mitigating stress injury was as easy as getting more sleep, we would have done that already.