Who are first responders?


The TRAFFIR project provides a holistic definition of the notion of first responders:

“First responders or Protective Service Workers are those who respond to manmade and natural disasters. First responders are those professionals working within the following fields:

  • Firefighters
  • Law enforcement
  • Emergency medical services
  • Search and rescue
  • 112 operators and dispatchers
  • Emergency room staff (including doctors and nurses)
  • Psychotherapists, etc.”[1]

This definition was provided in Module 1: Impact awareness of natural disasters and emergency response. It can be used also for the purposes of this module.

Take the opportunity to reflect on why each of these professions constitutes a vulnerable group with regard to their mental health. This will lead to engagement from the audience and would serve as a sound basis for the next part.