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In the Line of Fire: Trauma in the Emergency Services

Cheryl Regehr and Ted Bober


In the wake of disaster, emergency service workers including police officers, firefighters, and paramedics are first on the scene and last to leave. Their heroic actions save lives, provide comfort to and care for the wounded, and inspire onlookers, but at what cost to themselves? We now know that rescue workers who are exposed to mutilated bodies, mass destruction, multiple casualties, and life threatening situations may become the hidden victims of disaster. The sequelea in terms of traumatic stress symptoms and depressive symptoms has the potential to be highly disruptive and long-standing ... More

Keywords: emergency responder, post-traumatic stress, disaster, peer support, intervention, emergency service organization, social support, resilience

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195165029
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195165029.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cheryl Regehr, author
University of Toronto

Ted Bober, author
Pearson Airport, Toronto