Welcome and Introduction
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 of working during the pandemic.
The materials provided in this recording are for general informational and educational purposes only. The materials are not intended to be and should not be considered legal advice or opinion. Please seek legal counsel before acting on the topics discussed. The materials are not intended to be and should not be considered a substitute for clinical diagnosis or professional medical advice or opinion. Please consult with your physician, therapist, or other qualified healthcare provider before acting on the topics discussed.
Dr. David Black
David Black, Ph.D. is the CEO of Cordico and leads a team of highly experienced psychologists serving more than 100 public safety agencies. 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, and served on the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Model Policy Working Group for Investigating Officer-Involved Shootings and Other Serious Incidents.
He oversees critical incident debriefings and specialized wellness programs for law enforcement, firefighters, and dispatchers. He has worked with first responders for 15+ years and began treating combat veterans suffering from PTSD in 1996. Dr. Black has provided psychological training programs for law enforcement crisis and hostage negation teams at the local and federal levels, and has also provided statewide training for forensic psychologists on topics including threat assessment, targeted violence, crime motive analysis, and violence risk assessment.
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 is Secretary of International Association of Fire Chief’s Safety, Health & Survival Section and editorial board of the IAFC publication “On-Scene’. Chief LeDuc holds a Master’s 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 credentialing 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.