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Understanding the Stress of Serving as a First Responder – It’s Okay to Say I’m Not Okay

Submitted by:
David Lewis

For the past several years, I have had the opportunity to present my talk on mental wellness in the fire/EMS service. This talk is based on my own research and experiences as well as talking to other researchers. I have made it my own personal challenge to deliver this presentation to as many first responders as possible.

There are two opportunities to hear my presentation this coming week:
1. Tuesday, July 26, at 7pm, at the Carroll County Public Safety Training Center, 50 Kate Wagner Rd., Westminster, MD 21157
2. Wednesday, July 27, at 7pm, at Queen Anne – Hillsboro Volunteer Fire Company, 13512 1st St., Queen Anne, MD 21657

Please consider joining me and others for this presentation. I promise you that you will walk away with a better understanding of the stresses that we go through as first responders and the actions that we need to take as individuals and as department leaders to face this challenge to our health and safety.

Can’t make it? If your department is willing to host a presentation, please reach out to me. I’m willing to travel anywhere to deliver this important message. All I ask is that you provide a room for the presentation, have audio-visual equipment suitable for the presentation, and that you promote this presentation to members of your department and surrounding departments.

Yours in health and safety,

David Lewis, Chairman
Safety and Health Committee
Maryland Fire Chiefs Association