Critical Impact Course

It’s important to acknowledge that any given day in the forest has potential to end with a critical incident and successfully getting someone to definitive care is only half of the equation. Our medical scenarios generally don’t extend past extrication, but what about everything that comes after that? How can you know what to expect if you’ve never trained for it or even discussed it?

The intent of this course is to fill in the gaps of knowledge and understanding so that firefighters can be better prepared for a critical incident and it’s aftermath.

The Critical Impact Course can accommodate up to 40 people at the location of your choosing, it is approximately 7 hours long and is broken into six sections which are as follows:

Section 1: The Fire Culture Factor– Shedding light on cultural norms that effect how we respond to a critical incident and learning ways to tweak those norms to our benefit.

Section 2: What a critical incident looks like– In order to be prepared for a critical incident you need to know what to expect. This section focuses on what to anticipate as someone directly involved in an incident, who contacts family members, how the investigation process works, who shows up to an incident and their purpose, etc.

Section 3: First hand accounts– In order to talk about critical incidents and have it resonate for participants it must be relatable. There is a serious need to understand just how frequently our folks are impacted and what it looks/sounds like through first hand accounts.

Section 4: Common reactions for an uncommon situation– This section gives an in-depth look at several of the most common reactions to trauma so that participants are capable of identifying signs and symptoms in themselves and others.

Section 5: Physiological Effects and Recalibration– Why can’t people just “get over it?” This section aims to explain the effect that trauma can have on your entire system as well as offering a focused look at treatments and therapies that have the capacity to recalibrate a person toward wellness.

Section 6: Pre-treating the Line- Having built a solid foundation of understanding in previous sections, section 6 gives participants the tools and techniques to set themselves up for success. This is how we become proactive rather than reactionary.


 I left the fireline in order to develop this course and pass the information on to other firefighters; that’s how strongly I feel about the necessity of its content.

This course will make a profound difference from rookie all the way to fire management. I’m hopeful that you can make space for this course in your training schedule to ensure a better-equipped workforce.