Day 1 Afternoon Course Descriptions


Backing the Badge
An interactive and candid presentation with regards to the current status of First Responder Mental Wellness.  Some general statistics will be covered as well as real and perceived barriers that are plaguing this work force; leading the conversation to solutions and available resources around the state and surrounding areas with a goal of reducing mental health stigma and advocating for this at-risk community to seek safe and confidential solutions.

Melody Mesmer is the first firefighter-paramedic to become a nationally certified Public Safety Peer Specialist, providing unparalleled levels of peer support to public safety individuals, families, and organizations. She is an Association of Addiction Professionals Nationally Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist.  Melody is a Colorado native who has been in the Fire/EMS industry since 1995 working in rural/ farm communities and urban and mountain medicine for both paid and volunteer agencies.


Mitigating Implicit Bias
Often, discrimination occurs because of ingrained stereotypical thoughts and ideas we have been taught in our cultural landscape.  These ideas are so ubiquitous, we believe they are true.  This training provides strategies and solutions to ameliorating the unintended consequences of bias on the personal level, as well as institutional bias found within the policies and practices of organizations.  This workshop offers a path toward a more culturally inclusive organizational environment.

Sarah Garcia is the Training Facilitator for The Rocky Mountain ADA Center.  RMADAC serves a six-state service area (CO, WY, UT, MT, ND, SD) by providing free technical support and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Sara educates and motivates individuals, businesses, and organizations about their rights and responsibilities under the ADA and other disability laws.  Helping others to implement inclusion, diversity, equity, and access are the foundation of her professional work.

Being Prepared- Fire/Emergency Education for Middle Schoolers
Ten years ago Poudre Fire started a program in middle schools about being prepared which entails three 80 minute classes covering fire safety, first aid and emergency preparedness. The class have been designed to meet the standards required for middle school health curriculum.  In this class you will learn about this program and how to engage middle school students in the classroom.

Ray Gillan just celebrated 41 years as a firefighter for Poudre Fire Authority out of Ft. Collins, Colorado.  Ray has been actively involved in Public Fire Education for over 30 years.