NC Emergency Responder Behavioral Health Symposium
June 7 – 10, 2021
8:00 AM – Classes begin 5:00 PM – Classes end for the day
Wake County Technical Community College PSEC 321 Chapanoke Road Raleigh, NC 27603
Students will receive credit for NFA course O0722 – Health and Safety Program Manager and O0144 – Department Wellness Program.
Please use the link below to register:
O0722 – Health and Safety Program Manager
This two-day course will provide fire, Emergency Medical Services department personnel and other related emergency responders with the aptitudes and abilities necessary to manage the duties and responsibilities of the Health and Safety Program Manager (HSPM) within their respective organizations.
Successful completion of this course will enable participants to:
• Adapt the HSPM roles and responsibilities while applying risk management health and safety concepts within their organization to determine system-wide needs and to develop support to institutionalize opportunities to meet the needs assessment.
• Evaluate and prioritize health and safety related strengths and weaknesses within their organizations.
• Evaluate the environmental barriers affecting the implementation and impact of the organization’s safety and health programs.
• Evaluate and integrate the organization’s and individual’s responsibility to impact health and wellness positively.
O0144 – Department Wellness Program
This two-day course provides the outline and resources for a fire/Emergency Medical Services (EMS) department to implement and maintain a wellness program in coordination with the department’s health and safety program.
Using current recommendations, standards and guidance from national resources, the department wellness coordinators will be able to assess the mental and physical health needs of their department’s personnel and develop program objectives to meet those needs.
• Medical and wellness screenings.
• Physical fitness.
• Behavioral health.
• Available resources
DENA ALI is a captain with the Raleigh (NC) Fire Department where she has worked her way up the ranks. She previously served as a police officer for five years. Ali has a degree from North Carolina State University and an MPA from the University of North Carolina – Pembroke, where her research focused on firefighter suicide. As a graduate student, she was awarded the 2018 MPA student of the year. She has also received several awards throughout her career. One that she is most proud of is the NC Office of State Fire Marshal Honor, Courage, and Valor award that she earned in 2018 for her steadfast effort to bring awareness to firefighter mental health through her vulnerability. Dena has also served as a subject matter expert at the National Fire Academy where she assisted in curriculum review for their health and wellness curriculum. Dena is an advocate of awareness, education, and understanding of mental health disorders and suicidality. She speaks locally and nationally on these topics and is a QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructor. She has written several articles on topics such as suicide prevention, peer support, wellness, and post-traumatic stress. Dena is the founder and director of North Carolina Peer Support where she helped to develop their statewide curriculum. She is also a founding member of the Carolina Brotherhood, a group of cyclists/firefighters in North Carolina who honor the fallen and their families annually.
PATRICK J. KENNY has been a member of the fire service for over 38 years, and before retiring in January 2021 served as the Fire Chief in Hinsdale and Western Springs, Illinois. He has served as a Chief Officer for over 25 years and a speaker in multiple countries on Mayday for Mental Health® for more than a decade. He is the international best-selling author of TAKING THE CAPE OFF: How to Lead Through Mental Illness, Unimaginable Grief and Loss and has articles published in the areas of mental health, leadership, fire safety, and fire code challenges. He was awarded the Fire Chief of the Year in 2004 by the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association. He was awarded the Fire Engineering/International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) George D. Post Instructor of the Year Award for 2020.
A. Aaron Back, North Carolina State Highway Patrol (Captain/Retired, 1993-2021).
Founder – North Carolina Law Enforcement Assistance Program (NCLEAP), Non-profit that provides Post Critical Incident Seminars and CISM Training in NC. Serves as a Peer for First Responders with South Carolina, Georgia, Texas, New York, Missouri, Virginia and West Virginia.
State Coordinator – Members Assistance Team (SHP Peer Team). Over 200 individual or group crisis interventions and Post Critical Incident Seminars. State Coordinator – SHP Chaplaincy Program.
Certified General and Specialized Instructor for the State of North Carolina as well as a Leadership Instructor for the Highway Patrol’s Center for Leadership Development.
Certified ICISF Instructor.
Brandon Dreiman is a Captain and 20-year veteran of the Indianapolis Fire Department where he serves as the Coordinator of Firefighter Wellness & Support. He travels the United States and Canada lecturing on behavioral health topics and, as an IAFF Peer Support & Resilience Master Instructor, assisting fire departments with creating peer support and resilience programs. He is a Certified Addiction Peer Recovery Coach and a Certified Recovery Specialist with a Substance Abuse endorsement in the State of Indiana. He is also a Registered Yoga Teacher and the founder of the Naptown Yogawalla. Having published multiple articles about fire service peer support, first responder suicide and behavioral health, and alcohol use disorder in the emergency services, Brandon has extensive experience researching the topics that are relevant to the wellness of first responders in North America.
Jay Bettencourt has been a member of the Asheville Fire Departments Rescue Company 3 for 12 years where currently holds the rank of Engineer. In that time, he has been active in and out of his fire department exploring and sharing on the topics of Firefighter Survival, RIT, Technical Rescue and Mental Resilience. Jay co-created with Scott MacGregor, MS, LCMHC The Resilient Mind program. This program trains firefighters how to gain mental stability and flexibility, situational awareness and thriving through mindfulness. Jay has been an instructor at the North Carolina Breathing Equipment School for 8 years. He is blessed with a wonderful wife and two children that mean the world to him.