First responders to receive stress management from new training program in Missouri

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KBSI) – The Missouri Department of Public Safety is launching a new program for first responders. The Critical Incident Stress Management program will be available to all first responders and emergency medical service providers.

The bill for the new training program was signed in 2021 by Governor Mike Parson. The program is meant to help first responders under stress from traumatic events that happen in the line of duty.

“We want to get that out in the open (trauma for first responders),” said Fire Chief Randy Morris of Cape Girardeau Fire Department. “We want to give them the tools to be able to cope with that and anything that is coming down especially that (The CISM Program) is grant funded and no cost to organizations. I think it is a wonderful thing.”

The Missouri Department of Public Safety says the program will also help local agencies build critical response support teams and strengthen their ability to support those on the front lines.

“It’s been a good program so far,” said Corporal Ryan Droege, Cape Girardeau Police Department. “It’s really just something that puts us here, with more tools to help our fellow officers.”

The CISM training will be available all over the state. It is every few weeks. The training will begin in late August in Cape Girardeau. It is free to all first responders and emergency medical service providers.

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