Close to Home – When the Victim Reminds You of Someone You Love

Close to Home – When the Victim Reminds You of Someone You Love

Warning: this post contains details some may find distressing. On a bitterly cold day in May 2015, a resident of a local beachfront property was standing at one of his windows when he noticed something unusual washed up on the shore. He walked down to the beach to find it was a man, drifting at [...]

Life and Limb – Cumulative Trauma, Intrusive Thoughts and PTSD

Life and Limb – Cumulative Trauma, Intrusive Thoughts and PTSD

Warning: this post contains details some may find distressing. I attended my last train fatality in mid-April, 2015. It happened just before 10.00 am on a Wednesday, when a woman stepped out in front of a passenger train that was travelling at speed between two stations. In these situations, the train driver can do nothing [...]

The Deep End – the Effects of Cumulative Trauma on Mental Health

The Deep End – the Effects of Cumulative Trauma on Mental Health

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, [...]