Webinar: Firefighter Wellness During Crisis Events: Resources, Tools, and Strategies
The fire service was a stressful and demanding profession before COVID-19; and despite the unprecedented challenges we now face, our nation’s heroes continue to perform heroically every day serving the greater good and protecting our communities. In this online forum, we’ll review and discuss resources, tools, and strategies for prioritizing firefighter wellness during this time of crisis, with a focus on mitigating the stress and anxiety of working during the pandemic and the role of early detection and intervention of occupational health risks.
Here are the links to the resources listed in the recording:
- Life Scan Wellness Centers
- The psychological impact of quarantine and how to reduce it: rapid review of the evidence
- CDC Firefighter COVID-19 Guidance
- Lexipol Coronavirus (COVID-19) Learning and Policy Center
- First Responders, COVID-19 and Stress: Tips for Finding Peace
- Supporting Your First Responder Family’s Mental Wellness During the Coronavirus Pandemic
- The Firefighter Family Academy Book
- Free Stories from Audible
- Mindful Responder Book
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline
About Fire Chief Todd J. LeDuc
Chief LeDuc retired after nearly 30 years of fire rescue service experience in the Nations 18th most populous County and joined Life Scan Wellness Centers as their Chief Strategy Officer. He served as second in command of a career accredited fire department with international airport, seaport, special operations, fire based EMS and fire suppression of 900 members. He has been successful in obtaining 13 million in FEMA grant revenues and identifying opportunities for enhanced revenue streams as well as involved in regional consolidation. Chief LeDuc served as the accreditation manager for the department leading it to internationally accredited status. The department is the largest dual accredited agency in the Country. Chief LeDuc isSecretary of International Association of Fie Chief’s Safety, Health & Survival Section and editorial board of the IAFC publication “On-Scene’. Chief LeDuc holds a masters degree in Executive Fire Service Leadership and is credentialed as a Chief Fire Officer, Certified Emergency Manager and Fellow of the Institute of Fire Engineers. He has served as faculty in the MPA program at AMC. He is the Editor of Fire Engineering’s Surviving the Fire Service book.
Chief LeDuc was bestowed the 2013 International Association of Fire Chief Association’s Gary Briese Safety Performance Award and Center for Public Safety Excellence Ambassador Award. In 2014, International Association of Firefighters Local 4321 recognized him for his collaborative leadership efforts on firefighter, health and safety.
Chief LeDuc serves as a peer reviewer for both professional credentializing and agency accreditation through the Center for Public Safety Excellence. and the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services as well as the Florida Sterling Governor’s Quality Award.
He has completed department evaluations,strategic plans, deployment studies, accreditation/ISO reviews, standard of cover and consolidation feasibility studies in over a dozen states. He has published and lectured in over a 100 publications and venues on topics of fire service safety, leadership, consolidation and EMS.
About David Black
David Black, Ph.D. is the CEO of Cordico, serving hundreds of public safety agencies nationally. Dr. Black is a Board Member of the National Sheriffs’ Association Psychological Services Group, serves as the Chair of Technology and Social Media, is an Advisory Board Member for the National Police Foundation’s Center for Mass Violence Response Studies, serves on the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Police Psychological Services Ethics Committee, serves on the National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Officer Wellness Committee, serves on the California Police Chiefs’ Association Human Behind the Badge Committee, is an Officer Wellness subject matter expert for the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST), and earlier served on IACP Police Psychological Services committees tasked with updating the standards for fitness-for-duty examinations and officer-involved shootings. Cordico is partnered with the California State Firefighters’ Association (CSFA) to strengthen firefighter mental health and well-being. Dr. Black has been serving first responders since 2002.