CISM Team Information


The Thomas Jefferson EMS Council Critical Incident Stress Management Team provides services to community Emergency Services Workers, including Police, Fire and Rescue Squad (EMS) personnel. The overall goal of the Team is promoting staff health, mental health and retention. Prevention of critical incident stress reactions and cumulative stress difficulties, along with the reduction in frequency, intensity and duration of stress-related problems are the Team's objectives.


A CISM Team is a group of people trained to provide peer debriefing following a stressful event.  A CISM debriefing does not serve as a critique of the event but allows emergency services personnel to discuss their thoughts and reactions following the event.

Some examples of critical incidents include: pediatric trauma resulting in death; line of duty death or severe injury of squad member, firefighter or police officer; suicide or unexpected death of squad member, firefighter or police officer; an accident involving an ambulance, fire apparatus, or police vehicle resulting in injury; a mass casualty incident; prolonged events (greater than 90 minutes); and any event in which a dispatcher or officer has concerns for the mental health of providers, however any event provoking stress symptoms in an emergency services provider may call for a CISM.

To activate the Thomas Jefferson Emergency Medical Services CISM, field personnel should contact Charlottesville Emergency Communications Center at (434) 977-9041 and ask for the Shift Supervisor.

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