In an earlier posting, I mentioned that we spent some time together in the crew's quarters at Central 911. Some good conversation, a game of ping pong, and some darts. I challenged the folks to stand in front of the dart board as I threw the darts at the board. It was quite surprising after all the time I spend here, that they did not trust their medics to care for them. It did not even cross my mind they did not trust me.
Joking aside, in reality, this is not about trust, it is family. I believe these professionals, in any emergency or disaster can definitely answer the question, "Who is the most important person".
- Your family.
- Your team.
- The victim.
This is not saying victims are low priority, it is just we need to take care of ourselves and our needs in order to take care of others.
Now doesn't this seem to contradict it's about the team. The folks here have the utmost trust in their team, but in reality, as with the darts, with such a strong team, you look out for each other, including yourself.
So, when you put yourself and your own interests first, you only see part of the picture. Ask yourself, are you forgetting about the team? What's your role on the team? It's not only about you!