View Full Version : Organization helps EMS personnel deal with stress of tragedies.

12-03-2004, 11:05 AM
KLEINBERG, ON - The emergency services personnel who arrived at yesterday's grisly scene of a murdered Toronto family will be wrestling with the horrific images and emotions for a long time to come and are at extreme risk of suffering from post traumatic stress. "Paramedics, firefighters and police officers witness horrendous situations as a normal part of their work day but that doesn't mean they are immune to violence and human suffering", says Vince Savoia, Executive Director of the Tema Conter Memorial Trust, an organization that addresses the issue of post traumatic stress among emergency service personnel. "The reality is that no one is completely immune to the horror of tragic situations. These professionals will need help dealing with what they've experienced because it may have devastating emotional and psychological results for both the EMS personnel and their families." The Tema Conter Memorial Trust aims to shine a light on the often forgotten pain of emergency care workers in Canada. Established by Savoia, the Trust was created to honour the memory of Halifax native Tema Conter who, in 1988 at the age of 25, was brutally murdered in Toronto, Ontario. Savoia was one of the attending paramedics, and was deeply affected by the horrific scene. This episode led to post traumatic stress, which greatly affected his life.

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Source: cnw.ca (http://www.firehall.com/refer.php?url=http://www.cnw.ca/fr/releases/archive/December2004/02/c0538.html&linkid=1169&parent=news(headlines)&)