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September 27, 2001
Media Advisory: Fire Chief Alan Speed address the Toronto Fire Services deployment of a Critical Incident Stress (CIS) Team to New York City
  
Fire Chief Alan Speed will be available to address the Toronto Fire Services
deployment of a Critical Incident Stress (CIS) Team to New York City.

The Toronto Fire Services has been contracted through the United States Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the co-ordinating body for the rescue
efforts in the United States, to send the Toronto Fire Services Critical
Incident Stress Team to New York City.

Where: Toronto Fire Academy ATRIUM, 895 Eastern Avenue

When: Thursday, September 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Then at 7:00 p.m. during the opening Recruit Graduation Ceremonies there will
be a Moment of Silence followed by the playing of Amazing Grace in memory of
the New York Firefighters that died in the line-of-duty as a result of the
September 11 acts of Terrorism.

A CIS Team made up of six firefighters, has been deployed to New York City at 7
a.m. this morning under the direction of Toronto Fire Services' Padre Dr. Ron
Nickle. The Team of six firefighters will be involved up to one week and future
assistance will be determined by FEMA.

The CIS Team responds to fire services personnel and emergency responders who
because of their profession have been placed in situations where they may
suffer the agony of dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. The Team has
been trained in debriefing frontline firefighters who have been involved in
emergency incidents dealing with the rescue of individuals with devastating
injuries or recovering the bodies of individuals who have died in disasters. No
one is immune to this type of stress and its debilitating side effects. Early
intervention by a CIS Team can greatly reduce the impact of traumatic events to
emergency responders.

Chief Speed states, "The contribution of the Toronto Fire Services Critical
Incident Stress Team will be significant in supporting the New York City
firefighters who will continue to be involved in a very long and difficult
rescue/recovery mission."


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