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Trumbull first responders train for trauma support

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NILES, Ohio - First responders are training alongside counselors to learn how to help their peers through traumatic experiences on the job.

Firefighters, police and social service workers spent the day learning how to build a team that would provide first responders support.

Trumbull County Educational Service Center hosted the two-day training session to help re-create a county team. Recent tragic events including a fire that killed six people in Warren last year and the accident in Warren earlier this year that left six teens dead are both examples of when first responders were offered and sometimes accepted counseling.

A local fire chief says building a team like this will make an impact.

"Over the course of time, all the things we see, it does build up," George Snyder says, Burghill and Vernon fire chief. "When you get that one incident that shakes you, it takes you down to your core, then that's where this can help come in and try to mitigate that."

Snyder says this is the first time the county has developed a crisis response team since the 1990's. The service center received a $6,000 grant from the Trumbull County Mental Health Board to host the training. 

 

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