2nd Annual Surviving the Fire Service Conference
A Behavioral Health & Cancer Prevention Conference

Learn how to overcome the mental and physical challenges faced in the fire service from fellow firefighters and industry experts.

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Conference Location

NSU Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center: 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314

2nd Annual Surviving the Fire Service: A Behavioral Health & Cancer Prevention Conference

Due to Hurricane Irma, this event has been postponed and rescheduled for Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

If you will not be able to attend on the rescheduled date, a refund will be issued.

For refunds please send an email to kd737@nova.edu or call Kathleen Doyle (954) 262-7009.

Thank you for your understanding.

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Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Note: CEU’s granted by the Florida Bureau of Fire Standards & Training, Course #RN13345

Learning Objectives

  • Obtain a better understanding of the body'’'s response to stressors, including the purpose of Cortisol and how this stress hormone and our stress, “Fight or Flight”, response can affect us physically and mentally.
  • Learn ways to address the damaging effects of the bodies stress, “Fight of Flight”, response
  • Identify causes unique to firefighters, prevention methods and early detection and treatment of cancer in the fire service.
  • Understand the prevalence of cardiovascular disease and suicide within the fire service.
  • Identify an “Action Plan” that all departments can adopt to address cancer prevention and treatment, behavioral health and cardiovascular health within their department

Conference Agenda

  • 08:00 a.m. - 08:15 a.m. - Welcome & Opening Remarks
  • 08:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - Keynote Address - Dr. Juan Garcia, MD - father of Miami Firefighter Rafael Garcia
  • 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - IAFF - Behavioral Health update
    Pat Morrison - Assistant General President for Health, Safety and Medicine
  • 10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. - Break
  • 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Captain Frank Leto, Deputy Director FDNY Counseling Unit
    “Behavioral Health Challenges in the Fire Service”
  • 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - FFSHC Collaborative - State F.A.C.E. Team - Panel Discussion - Cancer in the Fire Service
  • 11:45 a.m. - 01:15 p.m. -Lunch
  • 01:15 p.m. - 02:00 p.m. - Capt. Jeremy Hurd (Palm Beach County)
    “Tragedy and Loss within the Fire Service - Chaplains Perspective”
  • 02:00 p.m. - 02:45 p.m. - Denise Smith, Ph.D. - Professor of Health & Exercise Sciences - Cardiovascular strain of firefighting
  • 02:45 p.m. - 03:00 p.m. - Break
  • 03:00 p.m. - 04:30 p.m. - DE Dustin Hawkins (Indian River Fire Rescue) & Capt. Jeremy Hurd (Palm Beach Co. Fire Rescue
    “Allowing our painful perspective to inspire the change we need to see in the fire service”
  • 04:30 p.m. - 04:45 p.m. - Closing Remarks
  • 06:00 p.m. - IAFF Social Networking (Twin Peaks - Davie, FL)

Conference Presenters/Panel/Moderator

Hotels Nova Southeastern Area

Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale (mention NSU for a rate reduction)
7780 SW 6th St Plantation, Fl. 33324

Hampton Inn Ft Lauderdale – Plantation
7801 SW 6th Plantation, Fl. 33324

Hyatt Place Ft Lauderdale – Plantation (mention NSU for a rate reduction)
8530 W Broward Blvd. Plantation, Fl. 33324

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
1 Seminole Way Hollywood Fl. 33314

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