I have over 20 years of experience as a Firefighter/ Emergency Medical Technician and understand the issues that come along with being a first responder. I am still active and currently a Captain with the Algoma Township Fire Department. First responders who have been exposed to chronic or acute trauma often have difficulty in functioning at their fullest potential affecting you personally and your family life. Some of the common negative effects or copping skills are a drug, alcohol use, relationship issues/breakdown, difficulty in sleeping, change in appetite and isolation. Interventions like Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) can help reduce the effects of trauma and restore you to your fullest potential and get you back helping others.