He is a current member of the American Society of Association Executives™ (ASAE). He is an experienced Chief Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the public safety industry in various capacities. He is skilled in Leadership Development, Emergency Management, and Disaster Response. During his 23 year fire service career he served as a firefighter, driver/engineer, a company officer/lieutenant, a battalion chief in operations, as the Chief of Special Operations, a Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) peer counselor, Public Safety Rescue Diver, and coordinator/developer of his department’s first leadership development program. He is a veteran of the United States Navy and has a Master's degree in Public Administration from Barry University. A major focus of research for his capstone was how strong, positive leadership can influence the culture of a large organization. While studying at Barry University he published "The Firefighter's Creed" and an article that highlighted the importance of gender diversity within the fire service in Fire Engineering Magazine. He has spent years as an instructor/coach/mentor helping others define and realize success. Though he no longer works as a servant to the community his passion for service to others is stronger than ever.
Kelly Savage is the community outreach director for the IAFF Center of Excellence. She assisted with opening the Center of Excellence in 2017. She spends much of the year traveling the U.S. and Canada educating members on behavioral health issues and services available to them through the Center. She has spoken to over 50,000 IAFF members through the International’s peer support program, Partner Education Program (PEP) events, health and safety symposiums and state and district conventions. She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a degree in broadcast journalism, specializations in public relations and media management and a minor in political science.Kelly gives a little bit of insight into what led her to be involved with the fire service. We talk about her leadership philosophy and some of her influences. She tells me some of her inspirational experiences while working in her current capacity at the Center. It is at the Center of Excellence that North America's Professional Firefighters are able to receive treatment for PTSD, substance abuse, and assistance with other mental health related needs.Kelly and I discuss the resources and treatments available at the Center or through the Center and how to connect with them.We discuss the research component of the Center's mission and how it is helping improve treatment approaches in the future. We talk about the clinicians employed at the Center; their qualifications and experience and the resilience training that they receive in order to stay healthy themselves.We discuss research from the A.C.E. study and how it influences the approaches used at the Center. https://americanspcc.org/how-childhood-trauma-can-affect-mental-and-physical-health-into-adulthood/  Throughout the podcast Kelly shares different resources available to firefighters and their families. Those resources are as follows:https://www.iaffrecoverycenter.com/hotline/   844-677-2605https://www.iaffrecoverycenter.com/community-education/https://www.iaffrecoverycenter.com/outreach/kelly-savage/https://www.iaffrecoverycenter.com/hotline/ptsd-mental-health/
Stuart Cody has a Master’s of Health Science and Rehabilitation Counseling from UF and is a licensed mental health counselor in central Florida. He is a rehabilitation / mental health counselor providing EMDR & CBT therapy. We discuss his experience with public safety professionals (Cops and Firefighters); Particularly, the causes and effects of PTSD in those occupations; Treatments like EMDR and cognitive behavioral therapy; Polyvagal Theory and the effects of PTSD in effective decision-making processes.
Tim and I discuss Black Lives Matter, Women in the Fire Service, having conversations with people who have different views from our own, and his experiences developing as a fire service leader.
In this episode I talk with Officer Jody Beyer; A 14-year veteran of law enforcement who has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. We talk about her experiences as a patrol officer who has fought against corrupt behavior within 2 different agencies. Also, how she overcame malicious prosecution for acting as a whistleblower. She talks about her philosophy on leadership and we discuss her appearance as a speaker on the TED X stage where she spoke about policing the police. This is a can’t miss episode if you are looking to improve as an ethical leader.
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Jun 12th, 1974
Orlando, Florida, United States of America
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8 hours, 21 minutes
Podchaser Creator ID logo 188604