If you are a Topeka Fire Department Member, contact your immediate supervisor, contact Car 101, or Email a CISM team member. Any personnel may contact the CISM Team for a one-on-one meeting for him/herself or for any other individual at any time.
The CISM Team can be contacted directly using any of the numbers on the TFD employee roster. It is not necessary to go through the chain-of-command.
If you are an outside emergency service provider wanting TFD CISM Team for a debriefing, contact the Shift Commander 785-368-4101 or 785-817-3821.
The CISM Team provides a systematic approach to the mitigation of stress responses for fire department personnel who have been exposed to, or shows signs of, critical incident stress in the line of duty. A critical incident can be any situation which causes an Fire Fighter to experience strong emotional reactions which have the potential to interfere with their ability to function once the Fire Fighter has left the scene days, weeks or years later.
Any member who believes an individual has further needs after meeting with the CISM team may initiate the process of contacting the City of Topeka EAP program.
The program is strictly voluntary; no one is forced to attend any portion of a defusing, debriefing or one-on-one. We highly encourage everyone to be involved, sharing your experiences and feelings about an incident can often help others. Fire/Rescue personnel are usually relieved once they recognize that other fire fighters have similar thoughts and feelings.
Only those involved in the incident, and the CISM team can attend. During the meeting each person is treated equally regardless of rank or time in service. Confidentiality is strictly enforced and note taking is not allowed. The CISM team is not obligated to discuss the outcome of each meeting.
DEFUSING - Occurs immediately, or within 8 hours of an incident. A defusing is a condensed version of a debriefing.
Occurs up to 72 hrs. after an incident.