Official Website of the Fire Police Association of Berks County

Welcome to our new website, the content should be familiar to you, it is just the format in which its laid out that has changed.  Our website is here to serve all members of the association.  If you have a suggestion for the website, feel free to contact us through our "Contact Us" page!


Additional Basic Fire Police Training Class Scheduled
July 8th 2014

Basic Fire Police Training (Updated Training Manual, 4th Edition) - 16 Hours

Saturday and Sunday, September 20-21 2014
Start Time:  8:00 am each day

Location:    

Central Berks Fire Company
111 Callowhill St., Centerport, PA  19516

Fee: 
Free to Berks County Fire Police Association Members and Berks County Firefighters & Officers;
Out of County or Non-Members of Association:  $25.00

Registration:
Through this website or (484) 332-0126


Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)
January 22nd, 2014

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) is available to fire police and other emergency personnel.

What is a ‘Critical Incident’?  Any situation faced by emergency service providers that causes them to experience unusually strong emotional reactions which have the potential to interfere with their ability to function either at the scene or later.  Examples:  suicides, serious injury or death of a emergency provider, prolonged incidents, injury or death of children, mass casualty incidents, threats to emergency provider’s safety, and natural disasters.

When to request the CISM Team? Any time you or other emergency responders are having difficulty dealing with an incident or the situation suggests intervention.

Samples of Stress Symptoms:

Cognitive (Thinking) –
concentration, memory, attention span, calculations, decision-making, problem solving.
Emotional (Feelings) – Loss of emotional control, grief, depression, anxiety, fear, guilt, feeling lost, overwhelmed.
Physical Body) – muscle tremors, chest pain, gastrointestinal issues, difficulty breathing, headaches, elevated blood pressure.
Behavioral (Actions) - Excessive silence, sleep disturbance, unusual behavior, change in eating habits, withdrawal from contact, change in work habits.

What kind of "Help" is available? Depending on circumstances, services may include: Pre-Incident Education and Information, On-Scene Support, Defusing, Debriefing, Crisis Management Briefings, Individual and Family Contacts, Referrals and Follow-Up.

Who is the service provider? Eastern PA EMS Council.

When requesting "Help" needed information:

Name and phone number of contact person
Type of incident and incident location
Approximate number of involved personnel

How is the CISM team contacted? Through your chain of command or your company's / department's policy regarding CISM. Your department head can contact the team 24/7 on the team response hot line 610-973-1624.