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Impact of illness, injury and death incidents on firefighter wellbeing

In late 2014, Fire and Emergency New Zealand reached an agreement with St John New Zealand and Wellington Free Ambulance to attend all life-threatening, cardiac or respiratory arrest emergencies, also known as ‘purple’ calls, as co-responders. The number of medical emergencies has been increasing significantly and in 2016 there were over 10,000 medical co-response and first response call-outs. This research was undertaken to investigate the impact on psychological wellbeing of firefighters attending traumatic calls with the intention of informing actions to strengthen support for firefighters.

Source: Report to Fire and Emergency New Zealand by SHORE & Whariki Reseach Centre. Read more here.

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