Counselors working nonstop to help San Bernardino first responders

Many responders felt helpless and couldn’t accept not being able to do more

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — Counselors have been working nonstop to help first responders cope with what they witnessed while on scene at the San Bernardino terror attack that left 14 people dead Dec. 2.

"No one can prepare for this," counselor Nancy Bohl told CBS Los Angeles. Bohl has been working with emergency responders this week, along with her colleagues at Counseling Team International.

Bohl said responders struggled accepting not being able to do more. "Some of them feel like they were helpless," she said.

The counseling team met with at least 30 groups of first responders and their families, in addition to 50 individual appointments.

"There’s not enough training to train them how they emotionally will be impacted by a large-scale event like this," Bohl said. "It’s just humanly impossible."

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