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How do the firefighters with the Trauma?

Three fires, three Deaths. In the still-young year of the fire departments in the Region of Bern, in several cases, to prevent the worst. That was the end of Ja

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How do the firefighters with the Trauma?

Three fires, three Deaths. In the still-young year of the fire departments in the Region of Bern, in several cases, to prevent the worst. That was the end of January, so, as in Steffisburg is a multi-family house burst into flames and a 12-Year-old was killed. That was the beginning of February, so, as in Gümligen, a roof floor caught fire and a lifeless woman. And at the end of February is not different than that in the large a Brand the third death victim of the long-time owner called a man.

That is a lot for a Canton such as Berne, in the per year, on average, four people die in fires. A lot of suffering for the families that lose in a tragic kind of a people. A lot of harm to the tenants and owners, who have been left without their belongings. And, not least, a lot of work for the fire brigades, which are, as a rule, as the militia on the move – not only physical during the fire, but also emotional after the work is done.

"You're normal and have normal reactions to an abnormal event."Hans Zaugg, a member of the care team

The fire Department in the Region of Steffisburg it has taken in these hectic weeks especially hard. Only five weeks after the large-scale operation in the village, she had to move out recently. At least there were no dead or injured. "Fortunately", as Deputy commander Urs Trachsel in the review says, because: "firefighters are people who need to come up with their own emotions."


One who knows this from years of experience only too well, Hans Zaugg. The retired pastor from Oberdiessbach was until a year ago, the care team, the Canton of Berne, half regular firefighters on difficult assignments. Up close, he saw how different the Individual be able to handle the confrontation with death. While the a embed the experience quickly in the usual everyday life, not other during days right for the rest. You always see the place again the pictures of the fire, react to smells and sounds.

"You're normal and have normal reactions to an abnormal event." This set is top of the list on a handout, the Zaugg the firemen in each case has delivered. It is very important to him for the critical days that usually start with some distance. Then, when the work is done, the smoke has literally cleared, and the head is free to Think.

Give you rest. You are doing something Good. Goes to the outside. And most importantly: Talk with your partner, with colleagues, with family, short with people close to you. These and more tips in the handout gives the firefighters on the way. Zaugg know from my own experience, that you can help. "Especially," he adds, "we all have a basic and self - confidence that such events will help."

This gift will show the fact that the man could deep overcome shocks such as Heartbreak or a failed test, continues Zaugg. Now he tells a very personal Waiting, as he sat down after the home and something Sweet has been eaten. "I like Sweets, this has helped me to win a distance," he recalls, in order to bring the look back at the people on the Front lines: A young fireman had once been so grateful for the help that he want to let him have trust. "At the wedding, the partner told me that she had recognized her husband after a difficult and very little more."

doubts and fainting

poking Unexpectedly to a dead man, "do something with". The notes also Urs baechtold from Burgdorf. He makes his own in the fire service, is also available as a specially trained Peer and his comrades in the critical time afterwards. The five Canton-wide Peers, he explains, are in addition to officially commissioned by the buildings insurance of Bern. As active, experienced firefighters enjoy with colleagues, a particularly high level of credibility. Do you know the activities in all of the shades, know what you're talking about.

"We have to deal with the Experienced actively, to organize, and to Displace the drop."Urs baechtold, a firefighter

to do is to be able to sleep after a stressful Fire. The other feel listless and unmotivated, third parties develop physical symptoms. Also baechtold know how important it is in such moments, is to be able to talk to each other. He thinks of professional work-up, it so, the events step-by-step approach and to keep in mind, that is, to the best Knowledge and belief of the people is possible has been done. It starts with the Alarm: "If, prior to our Arrival, six minutes elapse, this might appear to be Concerned as long. For a militia organization, but this is very good."

baechtold know from my own experience, how quickly after use. Or also feelings of sympathy and helplessness, to anger over the tragedy, which he thinks just as to the deadly work or car accidents to which the fire brigades also be called: "We have to put up with the Experienced active apart, to rank it and to Displace the drop," he emphatically.

rules of conduct in place can help. Baechtold's not trying, for example, to view a dead human as directly as possible in the eyes of the corpses he sees, when he must mountains. And he follows consistently the rule that it notifies the command, if he knows the deceased. "This was once the case."

Mental stress

A key role of the operations Manager plays in the damage place. He decides who is at the forefront, and he also knows who he can use for particularly onerous Work. Commander Daniel Bärtschi has lived up to this principle when it comes to fire in Gümligen. Impressively, he describes how his people, the house twice to the persons searched. And like you the second Time around, as the smoke was slightly less dense, the dead woman came from that Moment he withdrew his people from the affected apartment and let the professionals of the professional fire brigade of Bern more clear. The Bernese were then also in the recovery.

"firefighters are people who need to come up with their own emotions." Urs Trachsel, Deputy commander

the task of the Managers is to bring the common conversation. Seis, you have to organize the same in accordance with the use of a short meeting, seis, that you invite a few days later, in the familiar environment of the magazine or the Dorfbeiz to a Meeting – in-between, ask if necessary, also by telephone, as the people. Commander Jonas may has noticed in grosshöchstetten, as a young colleague experienced his first serious case. "He saw the flames and became consciously aware that he can not just leave the training ground, and everything is as it was before." The freshly Trained just was one of those found dead, was in particular subject to Tell.

"firefighters are people who need to come up with their own emotions", in Steffisburg Vice Trachsel commander captured already. Satisfied, he now adds, that the awareness had grown in the Public. Maybe depends on exactly what type all of the respondents unanimously: That a fire breaks man is a mental burden, not actually.

(Berner Zeitung)

Created: 20.03.2019, 19:55 PM

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