First responders' narratives of drowning : Perceptions of family and community impacts and policy implications

Wells, John and Bergin, Michael and Connolly, John and Denieffe, Suzanne (2019) First responders' narratives of drowning : Perceptions of family and community impacts and policy implications. International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education, 11 (4). ISSN 1932-9997

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This is an exploratory study of the impacts of drowning death on local communities and families in the Republic of Ireland as perceived by first responders. The impact of a death may be particularly stressful. The identified population of interest were members of the Garda and first responders from Community Rescue Boats Ireland. The principal data collection method was one-to-one narrative interviews followed by a focus group. Questioning involved asking interviewees to talk about specific events rather than providing general opinions. Community identity was a source of impact, an urban or rural setting was a significant factor, social media was clearly an issue, and once the immediate incident was dealt with families did not receive much formal support. Families require the support of counseling professionals. Participants identified the need for support for search and rescue personnel and improved inter-agency collaboration. There is a need for national guidelines.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: This project was supported by The Lifesaving Foundation, An Garda Síochána, the Garda Síochána Retired Members Association, and members of Ireland's Community Rescue Boats. There was no conflict of interest in this the research which was supported by The Garda Síochána Retired Members Association and The Garda Commissioner Eamonn Doherty Police Research Fund. Publisher Copyright: © 2019 Human Kinetics Publishers Inc.. All rights reserved.
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Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2022 23:08
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