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Virtual Seminar Opportunity: "Self-care for Responders During COVID-19"

December 3, 2020 | 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m

As a first responder on the front lines of the COVID crisis, the daily demands can begin to take a toll both short and long term. Join this Community Based Emergency Responder Series (CBERS) seminar to learn about the various types of stress caused by providing care to others during COVID, how COVID stress affects first responders, the difference between burnout and compassion fatigue, self-care and coping strategies.

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This seminar is brought to you by The Virginia Department of Health Office of Emergency Preparedness and the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

About Virginia's Provider Health & Safety Initiative

With an increase in struck by/near miss incidents, line of duty deaths (LODD), and health issues with EMS providers, the state EMS Advisory Board recognized a need to focus on provider health and safety. As a result of this initiative, the Provider Health and Safety Committee was formed. The committee has members representing various aspects of fire and EMS. The organizations represented include:

Regional EMS Councils
Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads
Virginia Professional Firefighter
CISM Team Representative
Virginia Association of Governmental EMS Administrators
Virginia Department of Fire Programs
Transportation Specialist
Safety Specialist
Mental Health Clinician

These groups, along with other invitees, will focus on various topics related to provider health and safety. The committee has many goals which include developing life safety initiative for EMS providers, promoting the use of critical incident stress management and mental health preparedness activities, supporting training programs on health and well-being, and providing research and supporting documentation on provider health and safety issues, as well as many other topics.

If you have any information or suggestions you would like to share with the committee, please contact Karen Owens, Emergency Operations Manager, at

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