KMG_365 Posted November 11, 2007 Share Posted November 11, 2007 I just thought I'd post this as I'm not sure it's been talked about before here in this way. I just had a great chat with a good friend regarding a horrific motorcyclist accident he happened upon this afternoon. I know we don't ever expect to roll up on something like this and yet a certain percentage of us are bound to. It is the other reason I teach the First Responder for Motorcyclists courses for those riders for whom we still can make a difference. But for those of us who have witnessed this sort of psychological trauma first hand--especially for the first time-- there exists a methodology to handle and sort out the feelings that inevitably come up. It's called Critical Incident Stress Management (link) and we in the Fire Service use it more and more now a days as we've learned that these ghosts don't go away on their own without some light being shed on them and in so doing taking away their power over our subconscious selves. We've realized that if we don't address the issues that arise from experiencing these sorts of traumas, the stress will express itself in other usually much more sinister ways down the road. While there is no way to deaden the profound impact of such horrific experiences (other than seeing enough of them to the point where they become more familiar, like a coroner who isn't freaked out by dead bodies anymore) one way of reducing the trauma on the would-be First Responder is at least knowing what to do in such a situation to at least feel like they were able to do what they could for the victim(s) and the rest is up to fate. There is an organization called Accident Scene Management Inc. (link) which teaches a course called "A Crash Course for the Motorcyclist". This course is very similar to the one I teach and our own "Woodie" is one of their instructors in the North East Crew. I had the pleasure of attending one of his classes this last Spring and for those who have never had any sort of motorcycle specific First-Aid training I can't recommend it highly enough. The ASMI classes are still few and far between but they are growing. I'm sure if you contact them they might be able to put you in touch with an instructor in your area or point you towards other valuable resources. Coincidentally, I also had a nice chat with a member in Texas earlier today and he's fired up about hosting a First Responder for Motorcyclists class in the Dallas, TX area sometime soon. For the rest of you who might have experienced a recent motorcycle scene related trauma, please feel free to PM me for a phone number (I type way too slowly! ) and I'd be happy to chat with you about ideas and/or options. I'm not a trained headshrinker, but I've attended my share of final rides and also many CISD's and I'd be happy to chat with you about your feelings about the experience if it's still haunting you. I hope--like your insurance policy--that you never need to use it, but sometimes it's comforting just knowing it's there. Link to comment
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