6th Annual Conference of the Fire Service Psychology Association

Hosted by the Atlanta (Ga.) Fire Rescue Department October 5-6, 2023

Members of the Fire Service Psychology Association assembled in Atlanta for two days of networking and informative and educational presentations on a variety of topics related to behavioral health for the fire service.

FSPA is grateful for the hospitality and support provided by Fire Chief Rod Smith and his people with the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department.

Thank you, Georgia Tech Fire Marshal Bridget Mourao and everyone at Georgia Tech for providing such wonderful conference facilities and food service!

Conference Day #1

Retired Battalion Chief and FSPA Fire Service Member, Robert Avsec, gets the conference started as the MC.
Fire Chief Roderick "Rod" Smith of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department delivered the Keynote on Thursday morning to open the conference.
Tarlesha Williams Smith, Esq., Commissioner for the City of Atlanta’s Department of Human Resources. The Commissioner and her department provided the beautiful floral arrangements and table centerpieces for the conference!
Dr. Carla Sutton Moore, FSPA Member and Licensed Psychologist with Atlanta’s Public Safety Behavioral Health Wellness Unit, joined Chief Smith to deliver the day's first presentation, "Developing Psychological Wellness Programs in the Fire Service."
Brandy Carlson-Moore presented "Developing a Behavioral Health Access Program for firefighters and their families."
Battalion Chief (Ret.) Robert Avsec
Dr. Anne Bisek
Chief Avsec and Dr. Bisek delivered their presentation, "Give Me 5: The Domains of Fire Service Psychology."
Dr. Nicole Sawyer
Ms. Sue Brown
Dr. Sawyer and Ms. Brown presented on "Fire Service Mental Health and Wellness in a Small, Rural State: Filling Gaps and Overcoming Barriers"
Fire Marshal Vince Anderson from the Redlands (Calif.) Fire Department provided attendees with another perspective on behavioral health in the fire service with his presentation, "The Unique Stressors of Fire Prevention Personnel"
Battalion Chief (Ret.) James Peal captivated the audience with his presentation,
"Saving Ourselves…a Systems Approach"

Conference Day #2

Dr. Erica Birkley
Firefighter/Paramedic Joseph Elliott
Dr. Birkley and FF/PM Elliott spoke about the "Origin and
Development of the Peer Support Program in the Cincinnati Fire Department"
Mr. Michael Anthony Schlenk described "Using the A.M.E.S. (Assemble, Measure, Execute, Systematic Use) organizational health assessment to assess public safety provider behavioral health."
Ms. Gustė Gramaglia traveled from Lithuania to deliver a presentation on "Understanding what motivates firefighters to work and challenges to that motivation"
Dr. Abby Morris delivered her presentation on "The Effects of Sleep Deprivation on Firefighters"
Dr. Kristin Wheldon, founder and president of FSPA, delivers an overview of "Trauma Risk Management (TRiM)"

Thank you to everyone who traveled to Atlanta to learn more about how FSPA is "building a bridge between professional psychology and the fire service."

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