VITA's Integrated Service Program is hosting a statewide training event for telecommunicators. The training, titled Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), will be held during the month of April. This training, coordinated by VITA and provided by a team of debriefers from the Virginia State Police, is free of charge to the localities.
CISM is an adaptive, short-term psychological helping-process that focuses solely on an immediate and identifiable problem. It can include pre-incident preparedness to acute crisis management to post-crisis follow-up.This training is provided for the telecommunicators in the public safety access point (PSAP), providing education about CISM, getting closure, identifying a need for debriefing and awareness of the resources that are available.
Oftentimes dispatchers do not get the closure they need after a critical incident, harbor feelings they weren't aware of, or felt too ashamed of those feelings and do not seek the help they may need. The training will also provide a little insight of what behaviors to recognize when someone may need a debriefing session.
All events require registration and the training times are from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch is not provided.
The dates and locations are as follows:
VITA’s Integrated Services Program conducted regional town hall meetings to kick off the next generation (NG) 9-1-1 deployment plan during the weeks of Feb. 12 and Feb. 19. The deployment plan calls for NG9-1-1 to be deployed by selective router pairs, so the meetings were held in those same regional groups and organized around the selective router service areas.
The regional town hall meetings conducted during Feb. 2018 included more details about the NG9-1-1 migration. The meeting referenced several important documents and other information that you will need to successfully migrate your call handling infrastrucure. Please review the documents and other valuable information below.
If you have problems with downloading any of the information, please contact your regional coordinator