I have been a firefighter for half a year now, and I have noticed something fascinating.
The other firefighters at the station, the ones with a LOT of years in the service e.g over 20 years, are really conditioned to the stress of emergencies.
Do you think it is only habitual conditioning, that they have done it som many times it is not as stressful anymore?
Or is it deeper down on a psychological, physical and hormonal level?
When I hear medical personnel talk on the radio about awful injuries in the calmest voice ever, I wonder.
Personally I think it is a bit of both.
Myself, I definitely feel it physically when the alarm sounds. Hands are more shaky, heartrate is elevated, and I have sometimes noticed this shaking in the entire body. Not something visible from the outside, but I can feel it.
Psychologically, focus is much much higher. Everything not relating to the task at hand is shut out. This is not a conscious effort, it happens the second the alarm sounds.
Any thoughts on this?