First responders, medical staff debrief

To help deal with the aftermath of Sunday’s fatal fire, first responders and hospital staff met Monday evening at the Public Safety Building for a critical incident stress debriefing.

Ken Majors, Seneca County EMS director, said the meeting was intended to allow first responders and other workers who dealt with Sunday’s tragedy an opportunity to share their experiences. He said firefighters, police, hospital nurses, EMTs and Life Flight personnel were among those who attended.

“We share what we all saw to reinforce to everybody and to make everyone understand that we all did our absolute best with what we had,” Majors said before the meeting.

Majors said all entities responded to the Sunday fire and its aftermath just as they should have.

“Every single entity came together in a heartbeat to do the absolute best, and they did,” he said.

Majors said Sunday’s fire was equally devastating to everyone, as nearly a whole family died as a result.

He said the critical incident stress debriefings are held after major events like Sunday’s or any time one is needed.

“It seems like we’ve had a lot of them lately,” he said. “There’s been a lot of trauma in this county this year.”

Majors, who responded to the fire, called it a tragedy and said it was like nothing else he had responded to in the past.

“We assure each other there was nothing more we could have done,” Majors said of the debriefing, which was closed to the news media.