#iFIRELAFTC // May 4-6, 2020
Long Beach Convention Center - Seaside Ballroom // Long Beach, CA 90802
Career and life longevity are two of the most important aspects of a successful career as a firefighter. It's no secret that when we take the oath to serve our community as a firefighter we are assuming a degree of risk, risk that in many cases far exceed those encountered when serving in other professions.
These risks coupled with the ever expanding list of hazards presented by the toxicity of the modern fireground, sleep disruption, compromises to our nutritional health, and repeated exposure to traumatic events continuously threaten our career and life longevity.
This track will include sessions presented by recognized experts who will focus on the hazards we face and offer realistic, practical preventative measures we can implement within our departments to enhance the safety & health of our members.
Last updated: February 20, 2020
As a former firefighter, U.S. Army Ranger and CIA counterterrorism operator, Jeff has dedicated his life to discovering what separates success from failure. He has conducted operations and been responsible for producing powerful results in over 23 countries, including two combat zones and multiple high-threat environments. He’s worked with senior officials and personnel on the ground. Jeff is known to produce results in highly diverse cultures with tremendous barriers to success and through all of this, he’s learned how to connect, unify, enroll, inspire, move people into action, and produce results that far exceed expectations.
Bryan currently serves as the deputy chief of operations for the Pasadena (CA) Fire Department and is the president of the non-profit Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN). Bryan earned a master's in public administration, a bachelor's in vocational education, and an associate degree in fire science. He has more than 29 years of fire and EMS experience, including training, fire prevention, urban search and rescue, and emergency management. He is a liaison to the International Association of Fire Chiefs' Safety, Health and Survival Section, and a member of the National Cancer Alliance.
Jeff is a Fire Captain with the Orange County Fire Authority with 37 years of firefighting experience. Jeff is a third-generation firefighter whose dad died of occupational cancer after serving 21 years with the Long Beach Fire Department. Jeff is currently assigned to the authority’s Risk Management Department and is the OCFA’s cancer awareness and prevention captain. Jeff is the chair for the FIRESCOPE Behavioral Health Working Group, creating plans for the mental health of future incidents for local, state, and federal partners.
Scott is a fire captain and paramedic with the Laguna Beach (CA) Fire Department with over 30 years in the fire service. He's also the California director for the Firefighter Cancer Support Network and member of the Laguna Beach Professional Firefighters Association Local 3631.
Frank is a 35-year veteran of the FDNY. His association with the counseling unit began as a crisis counselor for line of duty deaths and mass casualty events. On Sept. 11, 2001 he responded to the World Trade Center as the leader of a rescue team. Since 9/11, he has developed outreach, counseling, and educational programs for firefighters who have experienced traumatic events. He has worked closely with the International Association of Fire Fighters and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to develop behavioral health protocols. . Frank was one the first graduates of the West Point – FDNY Terrorism and Counterterrorism program and is a Certified Employees Assistance Professional.
As well as authoring a top new release on Amazon, Mynda provides critical incident debriefings, counseling services, as well as instructions at numerous conferences. Additionally, she comes with the experience in the EMS field as an EMT for four years and an emergency room technician. She has over 14 years of experience working in the field of crisis intervention and suicide prevention, and has been married to a Battalion Chief for over 22 years. This has given her a unique perspective of living within the first responder community and family, while adding to her education and professional experiences.
Jennifer is an injury epidemiologist and health services researcher at Drexel's Dornsife School of Public Health. Her research investigates the impact of safety climate on occupational injuries and related psychosocial outcomes. Taylor is the founding director of the Center for Firefighter Injury Research & Safety Trends (FIRST) at Drexel. It's home to the FIRE fellowship, an summer program for public health master's students. FIRST developed two organizational change tools, including the Fire Service Organizational Culture of Safety survey and the SAVER Systems level checklist for violence against EMS responders. Taylor holds a doctorate in health policy and management from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Derek is a PhD candidate in chemistry at UCLA and has been a firefighter for 13 years, currently serving as engineer with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Derek is a member of California State Fire Training’s Behavioral Health and Cancer Awareness curriculum development cadre. His doctoral research is in the areas of applied mathematics and physical chemistry with a focus on developing computational methods to examine the structural and thermodynamic features of PAH-DNA adducts.