Health and Wellness Sessions
WE1 An Inside View of Emotional Health in the Fire Service - An Outsider's Perspective
(Note: This has been changed from Stress Management and Behavioral Wellness
Wednesday - 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Kristina Casola, MA, LMFT
"He's so controlling", "OCD", "selectively attentive"... sound familiar? It's no new news that this job has some emotional consequences. What does this really look like in ourselves and our peers? Let's talk about it. Tina Casola is a behavioral wellness clinician/coach in California who started working with emergency responders before "PTSD" became on of the 3 hot topics in firehouse wellness. Her experience with Fire fighters, LEO's and Veterans takes this discussion beyond the technical criteria and into the world of shared stories and experiences of hundreds of your peers- educating, normalizing and even laughing a little about the "quirks" that comes with this work.
WE2 S.O.S. Significant Other Survival
Dr. Kathleen Wellbrock, The Counseling Team International, Riverside, CA
Thursday - 8:00 am to 11:00 am
Note: This class is open to attendees and their significant others for class participation. There is no additional cost to attend this session.
In recent years, "wellness" has become a popular term within the Fire Department culture, but what does it mean to "be well". Significant Other Survival (SOS) will guide you down a path of discovery and insight into fire service family challenges. You will learn about relationship and family challenges, how to cope with stress in positive and productive way. You will understand the impact critical incidents have on both the firefighter and the family, and learn about and identify symptoms related to depression, PTSD, and suicide.
WE3 Taking Action Against Cancer in the Fire Service | 2017
Kurt Latipow, Fire Chief (Ret.), Lompac Fire Department, CA
Regional Director - Firefighter Cancer Support Network
Thursday - 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
This program has three areas of discussion. Part 1 will cover a number of studies that focus on firefighter mortality and risk, along with pertinent national and local statistics. Part 2 will cover the exposures faced by firefighters and how these exposures are affecting our members. Part 3 will address what we can and should be doing differently to reduce the incidence of cancer in the fire service.
FCSN has delivered our extensive occupational cancer awareness and prevention training to thousands of firefighters across America. The International Association of Fire Fighters online cancer awareness and prevention course, created in cooperation with FCSN, launched in May 2016 and continually updated to reflect the most recent studies and technology .
FCSN’s unique array of supporters including: the international Association of Fire Fighters, International Association of Fire Chiefs, the National Volunteer Fire Council, NIOSH, Los Angeles Local 1014, IFSTA, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Firefighter Close Calls, and Firehouse, Fire Rescue, and Fire Engineering magazines and more.