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UPDATES - CT CISM Team Response to Newtown, CT School Shooting
FRIDAY December 14, 2012
On Friday, December 14th, 2012, the CT CISM Team received a call shortly before noon, requesting assistance in dealing with what was a developing large scale event. A gunman had shot numerous adults and children inside the Sandy Hook Elementary School, directly adjacent to a fire house. Once the school had been cleared by Police, the remaining 600+ students were evacuated to the fire house and reunited with their parents.
A leadership team from the CT CISM Team assembled at the town's EMS Headquarters several miles away, as the chaos at the local fire house was not conducive to planning or the potential interventions that were anticipated. In addition, early on diffusing sessions were conducted at the EMS HQ by additional CT CISM Team members.
Contacts were made with all affected agency chiefs including the Police (both State and Local), Fire, EMS, Town Dispatchers, School System, and Town Government. Direct exposure to victims by local Fire and EMS personnel were limited - only two ambulances transported patients, and one adult injured person walked to the fire house and was treated there. Local and State Police had significant exposure, including several of the Newtown Police Officers who had the unbearable task of checking each victim immediately to determine possible EMS action. Fire personnel had exposure to the parents trying to be reunited with their children - trying, because for 20 parents who came to look for their kids the news was devastating.
Media, well intentioned visitors, and even free-lancing social support workers descended upon the town. The CT CISM Team brought in more of its members when various specialties or background peer support members were needed. In all, approximately 50 Emergency Services Personnel (ESP) were contacted Friday.
SATURDAY December 15, 2012
Saturday the Team provided individual support, and facilitated a large diffusing for emergency services personnel - more than one hundred attended including EMS, Fire, Police and even some Federal Agents assigned to the investigation.
SUNDAY December 16, 2012
Today a small session was conducted by several CT CISM Team members for specific follow-up.
MONDAY December 17, 2012
A debriefing is planned for tomorrow evening. The CT CISM Team has 15 members set to properly handle the event. It is anticipate that there will be no further scheduled interventions, but anticipate individual requests for some time up to and including anniversary sessions.
A message of Appreciation
It is with great appreciation that the CT CISM Team thanks all other teams and individuals for their outpouring of support over the past few days. Knowing that additional help was a phone call away has helped manage our own stress.
The Team will be conducting a full debriefing for all CT CISM Team members who have participated in this or any other interventions throughout the year mid-week.
Should any additional support be needed, we will reach out, and thank all who did not volunteer themselves as the logistics for this crisis have been overwhelming.
Connecticut CISM Team, Inc.
The CT CISM Team will be writing up a report of the planning and interventions used for the ICISF Members Newsletter.
Message from the Executive Director:
12/14/2012-Tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Connecticut
The Connecticut CISM Team, Inc. is currently managing/coordinating the CISM Response within the state for this tragic incident.
-They are a seasoned and well-disciplined team.
-The leadership know their limits and they know when to ask for supplemental resources.
-They have set up their integrated Incident Command System.
-They are performing the necessary field and personnel assessments.
-They are developing the appropriate time lines and actions (CISM Interventions) as anticipated and needed.
-ICISF shall be in constant contact with their Command Post the next several days.
To that end, there is NO need nor formal request for outside assistance at the present time. Please do not add to an already hectic situation by self-deploying.
CISM Skill Sets:
Special/Supplemental Skill Sets:
ICISF shall develop a list of agencies/personnel that Connecticut CISM may reach out to if needed.
Links that may be useful:
Thank you for your interest in CISM and ICISF.
Donald R. Howell
Articles of the Week 12/10/12
The Berks Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police recently thanked business owners who contributed a total of $6,000 to buy the jackets and to pay to train new members of FOP Member Support Team, said Daniel Billings, coordinator of the critical incident stress management program.
The team, which has been active since 1989, is the longest-serving police support group in Pennsylvania, Billings said.
It consists of mental health professionals and police officers from various Berks County departments. The team conducts crisis-management briefings and provides stress-reduction and other counseling services to officers in need.
(Chicago: IACP, 2011)
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