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Healing for first responders starts with talking

October 08, 2018 06:21 PM

Incidents like this weekend's limo crash can have a lasting impact on first responders.  That's why critical incident support teams are so valuable. They work with the first responders in a confidential setting so they can discuss what they saw and how they're feeling.

Johanna Flanigan, a nurse. EMT, and a founding member of the Reduce Emergency Stress Team in Rensselaer County points out this support is critical -- especially since first responders are trained to save lives and in Schoharie, no one survived.

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The Schoharie County Fire Coordinator says they've been offered support from across New York and the country. He reminds everyone affected by this tragedy the Red Cross will provide ongoing support.


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Benita Zahn & WNYT Staff

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