Brittany Hollerbach, PhD
Dr. Hollerbach is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the First Responder Health and Safety Laboratory at Skidmore College. She recently received her Ph.D. in Kinesiology from Kansas State University. She has collaborated with the National Development and Research Institutes-USA Center for Fire, Rescue, and EMS Health Research and the Center for Military and Veterans' Health Research on several nationally funded behavioral health studies. Dr. Hollerbach previously served in the fire service for four years, sparking her passion for overall firefighter health and her specific interest in female firefighter health. She taught at the Johnson County Community College Regional Fire Academy preparing fire recruits and deepening her connection to the Kansas City fire service community. She has extensive experience working with military personnel through the ATHIS study – a cluster randomized clinical trials being conducted in the US Army by NDRI and Kansas State University investigators. Currently, Dr. Hollerbach is examining large occupational studies with a focus on cardiopulmonary exercise testing as a reliable means of assessing fitness and cardiovascular health in the fire service.
The Health of Women in the US Fire Service
Firefighting is an inherently stressful and dangerous occupation but much of what we know about the health of firefighters pertains to men. Despite representing a small percentage of the fire service, over 85,100 women are on the front lines protecting communities across the U.S. This presentation will provide an update from our current research on the health concerns facing women in the fire service. We will explore data on the prevalence of overweight and obesity, injury, discrimination and harassment, substance use, cancer (especially breast cancer), and reproductive health. We will also discuss the impact of important behavioral health factors on health. The goal is to provide information to chief level officers as well as others in leadership and support roles to cultivate an awareness of the challenges and dangers women in the fire service face that can be used to improve decision making and safeguard against these threats.
Jason Jantzi, Sr. Risk Management Consultant - Public Safety
Jason is a Senior Risk Management Consultant for the Special Districts Association of Oregon (SDAO) and the key risk management contact for SDAO’s public safety members. Jason came to SDAO from Oregon OSHA where he oversaw a statewide instructional staff as the Public Education Manager. Prior to that, he was a Senior Safety Compliance Officer. During his time at Oregon OSHA, Jason was recognized by the Portland City Commissioners for his participation with the Metro Safety Chiefs and was a founding member of the OSHA Fire Policy Team and Fire Service Advisory Committee.
At SDAO, Jason conducts risk assessments, creates and provides safety and liability training, and assesses compliance within safety and operational programs. In 2016, he created the Special Districts Insurance Services Loss Control Program Toolkit for members in the workers’ compensation program. Jason later put together the Fire District Risk Management Self-Assessment that allows members to perform an evaluation of their district in all aspects from the board of directors to operations to youth programs. Jason is the Chief UAS pilot for SDAO and uses his knowledge to assist members in establishing public entity drone programs.
In 2019, Jason was honored by the Oregon Fire Chief’s Association (OFCA) Health and Safety Section with an honorary director position. As a former firefighter/EMT-Intermediate, Jason has a passion for assisting public safety employees to live full and healthy lives. To further his goals in this area, he became a certified peer counselor through the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc.
Quartet of Strength: Four Attributes of Positive Leadership
“Leadership consists of picking good men and helping them do their best.” – Admiral Chester W. Nimitz
Stories of lives saved are abundant in the emergency services family. Most of us humbly accept that this is part of the job and that we are just “doing our part”. When it comes to the people we supervise, we don’t actively consider ourselves as life changers. But if I told you that you could be capable of changing the lives of your team members, would you want to know how? Positive leadership triggers a culture change and we all need positive cultures to flourish. Whether you choose to be the maestro, the mentor, the motivator, or the mediator you can change lives in your organization with the right tools.
Patrick Wineman, Division Chief
Patrick Wineman is a 24-year veteran of the Oregon Fire Service. He serves as the Division Chief of Training for Forest Grove Fire & Rescue, Cornelius Fire Department & Gaston Fire District. Patrick has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Columbia Southern. He is a licensed Paramedic, state certified NFPA Fire Officer IV, NFA Executive Fire Officer, and CPSE Chief Fire Officer designee. On the August 8th, 2019, Chief Wineman responded to the Hagg Lake incident, serving as the Fire Incident Commander on what would unfold to be one of the most significant & challenging responses of his career.
John Bennett, Chief of Police
John Bennett is an 18-year veteran of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. John is currently the Police Chief serving City of Cornelius. John holds a degree in Criminal Justice from Purdue Global University and is currently working toward his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. John holds his Basic, Intermediate, Advanced, and supervisory certificates from DPSST and will receive his Management certificate this year. On August 8th, 2019 John was the Incident Commander during a critical incident at Hagg Lake. This incident was an emotionally charged, heart wrenching call that has impacted John and many others in the First Responder Community. John hopes that sharing this experience will help others prepare for critical incidents, and help him continue to work through his own healing process.
Incident Command Debrief: Officers Down - Hagg Lake - August 8, 2019
On August 8th, 2019 local law enforcement officials were called to a home in rural Western Washington County for a reported theft incident. As the events unfolded many Fire, EMS & Law Enforcement agencies from around the region would converge on Henry Hagg Lake for what would evolve into a complex scenario that resulted in a “Code Zero” emergency with two law enforcement officials being injured by gun fire from a suspect, requiring extraction and care by medics, while the suspect continued firing at other officers. In this presentation Chief Wineman and Chief Bennett provide their first-hand accounts of the law enforcement and Fire/EMS encounters on the scene, explain their incident management strategies that brought this incident to a close, provide insights to the escalating demand for resources, and share their respective lessons-learned from this high-risk/low-frequency incident. The presentation will include recorded video, audio & still frame photos depicting the incident as it developed. There will also be a short Q&A session to follow the live presentation.
Tim Dietz, Capt., Paramedic (Ret.)
Tim retired after 30 years in the fire service and is the Founder/CEO of Behavioral Wellness Resources, a consulting/counseling firm catering to the behavioral wellness needs of emergency response organizations and individuals. He is an internationally known speaker on human emotional crisis, grief, and staying happy and healthy in the emergency services professions. He is author of the book “Scenes of Compassion.” A Responder’s Guide for Dealing with Emergency Scene Emotional Crisis, and writes a Behavioral Health Column in “B” Shifter Magazine. Tim is the Clinical Director for the Oregon’s West Coast Post-Trauma Retreat, and was the clinical advisor to the U.S. Coast Guard’s mental health response following hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and to the stress management team at the Oso, Washington mud slide. In 2017 Tim received the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation’s “Pioneering Spirit” Award as an “Industry Pioneer” for his programs on emergency scene control and compassion. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has a small private practice – treating stress related injury in First Responders - in Oregon’s beautiful Willamette Valley.
Creating a Culture of Resilience
It would seem like a no-brainer to promote resiliency in employees who work in high-stress occupations. Unfortunately, many organizations don’t do it until something tragic happens. Creating a culture that supports behavioral health involves much more than signing a contract with an employee assistance program (EAP) or directing employees to the health insurance mental-health link. It requires department-wide buy in, from the top chief to the newest recruit. It requires a small investment to teach employees how to take care of themselves and each other, and create resources to educate and respond to employee and organizational needs.
Course will include:
Trey Doty, President, Responder Life
In addition to Responder Life, Trey serves as a Chaplain for the FBI-Portland Division, Oregon State Police Critical Incident Response Team, and for West Coast Post Trauma Retreat.
Trey received a Bachelor of Science in Sociology/Social Work from George Fox University and his Master of Divinity from Portland Seminary. His post-graduate studies include a Certificate of Nonprofit Development from Portland State University, a Certificate of Leader Development, National Security Seminar from the US Army War College, and a 12-month residency in Clinical Pastoral Education with Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Medical Center, a level-one trauma center in Portland, Oregon. He is a recorded (ordained) minister in the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Churches.
Responder Life Peer Model
The Responder Life Peer Model is a framework designed to equip individuals (Peers) within public safety agencies to support the emotional, psychological, spiritual, and physical health of their peers. Peer support team members receive training and ongoing support through the integrated expertise of an interdisciplinary team comprised of mental health professionals, coaches, and chaplains. Additional helping professions are utilized as determined by the specific needs of each agency. The Peer Support Model is comprised of four phases: Peer Assessment and Selection, Training, Sustained Support, and Research and Program Evaluation.
Responder Life Peer Support training content is created to educate first responders with the self-awareness and core skills to provide sustained support to peers. Each Peer Support Team member will be prepared to assist others by identifying proactive solutions associated with issues endemic in the first responder community. The aim of the program is to create a scalable model that relies on existing first responders and offers accessible, reproducible, and implementable skills. Peer support is intended to provide a multiplying effort that is aided by, but not dependent upon, a group of individuals with specialized training.
The full workshop series is designed as a three-day course. It comprises the core training, [PRO] REACT, developed by Responder Life to promote resiliency in the context of the peer support relationship, which is foundational for a sustainable peer support program.
The comprehensive program includes advanced training and ongoing training for the development of helping competencies and agency integration. Spouses of participants are provided free access to the training and follow-up support. Inclusion of spouses reinforces learning for the first responder at home and creates a network of peer support for the family.