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Phoenix Fire training to avoid stressing veterans in emergency sittations

PHOENIX -- Phoenix firefighters are undergoing several hours of training to learn new techniques when responding to a crisis situation involving veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

"We are training firefighters to more adequately deal with some of our vets that are having spiritual, mental or physical challenges as they return from wartime activity," said Phoenix Fire Deputy Chief Chris Ketterer. "How we typically march into a location to stabilize the situation, sometimes for these individuals that are struggling emotionally, might not be the best practice."

While veterans might often feel closer to first responders than any other segment of society, those with PTSD might feel overwhelmed if they are crowded by EMTs or asked too many questions.

The training focuses on how to identify the level of stress of a patient and to modify behavior in order to render aid and providing resources for follow-up care.

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Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.


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