Getting the dept to run CISDs
I'm looking for advice on a how a relative newbie to our volunteer fire dept such as myself can suggest that some interventions are needed after a particular call. It seems that our dept doesn't always notice the effect a certain situation might have on people ... (Pardon me if this is a really roundabout; I don't want to get too much into specifics, but) we've had a couple of calls where a given situation triggered PTSD in members who'd been in the same situation, or otherwise left everyone in bad shape. In these cases, it's often only two or three members. I do kind of see this macho ethic of not admitting there's a problem -- everyone wants to be able to 'handle it' by ignoring the issue, but I think it would be healthier to deal with some of these issues openly, and I really don't see it as an issue of weakness. In my view, everyone's got some kind of vulnerable spot, and we're all going to see a call that really bothers us. I want people (myself included) to feel more comfortable using the resources that we have.
Our regular debriefings are quick, sporadic and usually occur at the next training, up to a week later, so they don't provide much of an opportunity for discussion.
Anyhow, I'm not in on any of the decision-making, so I'm trying to figure out how to suggest that either a CISD (or other service) is needed in a given instance, or to implement some kind of plan for considering the option, and to get the word out -- especially to new members, of which we have quite a few -- that this kind of support is available. Additionally, how does one get the stigma attached to needing emotional support erased to the point at which we could feel comfortable as a department acknowledging this? Any ideas?