Brain Wellness for the First Responder and the Yellow Ribbon Report

  • May 30, 2017 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Eastern Standard Time
  • Online
VCOS logo - IAFC Volunteer and Combination Officers Section


This webinar, in partnership with TargetSolutions, will provide information and insight regarding the impact of the first responder career on our brains. It is time to recognize the stressors and the cumulative stress overload that occurs when you see, smell, hear and interact with often overwhelming stimuli and heartbreaking emotional moments as we witness; trauma, loss and death. 

Presenters will focus on mental wellness strategies and how to build brain resilience over time.


  • What resources are available  to assist chief officers and first responders
  • The various stressors first responders encounter and how our brains function in emergency situations
  • Why first responders need to deload our stressors 
  • About the upcoming Yellow Ribbon report, tentatively titled Under the Helmet – Performing an Internal Size-Up, A Proactive Approach to Ensuring Mental Wellness

Chief Chuck Flynn, Suffield (Conn.) Fire Department, vice chair of the VCOS Board
Robin Grant-Hall, PhD, specializing in first responders' well being


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