Never Enough – From Burnout to PTSD in Five Years

Never Enough – From Burnout to PTSD in Five Years

In January 2015, I took charge of a siege. A 50-year-old man had barricaded himself inside his parents’ house, was armed with a knife and threatening suicide. We call the address and get the parents to leave. Then we shut the whole street down. Neighbours start to gather on the footpath and in each other’s [...]

The Deep End – Cumulative Stress, Trauma & PTSD

The Deep End – Cumulative Stress, Trauma & PTSD

Warning: this post contains details some may find distressing. I started upgrading in late-2013. I'll never forget my first patrol supervisor shift. I had just finished eating lunch and was congratulating myself on making it through the day when we received a job; a light plane carrying two people had crash-landed. Well, shit, I thought, [...]