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Fire charity appears in journal

WINDER - A locally written article about the Children After the Fire program appeared in the recent LifeNet publication from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.

The one-year-old program was created by Barrow County Fire and Emergency Services personnel. The program's goal is to help relieve stress in children who have been involved in a fire.

The article was co-authored by three members of the Children After the Fire coalition - Serena Baldwin, Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation; Lt. Scott Dakin, BCFEMS; and Cyndi White, Tree House.

"It explained the clinical aspect of Children After the Fire, how they use therapies designed for traumatic stress and issues that mental health professionals deal with," Dakin said.

LifeNet is an international journal sent to mental health and public safety teams world wide who are members of ICISF. It provides updates on critical incident stress and psychological trauma.

"The need is there and now that Barrow County has proven that the program can be created, we are hopeful that many other communities will develop their own," White said.

ICISF is a nonprofit foundation that works to prevent and mitigate disabling stress.

"As this program grows and expands throughout Georgia, the United States and possibly the world, Barrow County will always be able to say that it was here first," Dakin said.