Reducing stress in Senior Fire Officers
How senior leaders reduced stress, anxiety and the risk of burnout with resilience
Stressful events are experienced regularly by firefighters. As well as incident stress they are liable to other organisational stressors such as interpersonal relations, change and lean resourcing. The senior team recognised the need to take a pro-active approach to resilience and develop skills for challenging situations both incident related and day-to-day.
How we helped
Favouring a pro-active approach we developed Resilience leader skills for challenging situations both incident related and day-to-day.
The skills can be employed on incident, in the station or at home as well as being applied to various aspects of change. The 4 areas of focus were leadership, self-awareness, well-being and overall resilience.
Not your typical blue light training
Tools to thrive
Our programmes focus on organisational and psycho-social factors to raise resilience levels in people and create the conditions where people thrive. It’s an important differentiation as resilience is often thought of as “bounce back” and some mental health programmes have a small section on building resilience.
In fact, at no point in this programme did we talk about mental health.