This week we continue to highlight this year's general session from Fire-Rescue International (Atlanta). We are featuring a "Chief Chat" with Chief Jan Rader of Huntington, West Virginia.
Chief Rader, the first woman to reach the rank of chief in a career department in West Virginia, was instrumental in creating a task force to address drug addiction in Huntington and surrounding areas.
Rader was featured in a 2017 Netflix documentary titled Heroin(e) and in April of 2018, she was chosen as one of TIME Magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World."
Watch the "Chief Chat" as Rader walks through ground zero of the opioid epidemic in her state; exploring how the community and first responders are making an impact — primarily through community partnerships.
She ends the 'chat' by addressing the needs of the first responders dealing with the crisis.
Steven Ilchishin is the Communications Director for the IAFC.