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Critical Conversations

Critical Conversations

By JLN Associates
JLN Associates presents CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS, where we discuss hard-hitting subjects regarding the municipal fire industry and emergency responders.
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Case study of the 2003 Multiple Alarm LearJet crash into Providence Court, Poquonnock Bridge Fire District

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Surviving COVID : Lenny Guercia's Story
In March of 2020, the world shut down due to COVID-19. Shortly into the shutdown, Leonard would become infected with the virus and spend 50+ days in the hospital, fighting for his life. Tune in tonight as we learn Lenny Guercia's incredible story of determination during uncertainty, with the help of some incredible medical staff. Leonard H. Guercia, Jr. is employed by Yale New Haven Hospital as the Director of Patient Transport. In his position, Mr. Guercia is responsible for the administration, coordination, operation and oversight of all patient movements in the New Haven Delivery Network.
01:05:04
June 24, 2022
Firefighter Cancer Support Network with Joe Schumacher, COO
Since their founding in 2005, the Firefighter Cancer Support Network has been all about providing assistance and support to cancer-stricken firefighters and their families. Their Vision: To be the global leader in firefighter cancer support, awareness and education. Their Mission: To assist firefighters and EMS providers and their immediate families diagnosed with cancer by providing badge to badge support, training and guidance. Tune in tonight as we speak with Joe Schumacher and learn the ins-and-outs of this outstanding organization, their tools + resources, as well as preventative measures we all can take to ensure our best health.
01:34:39
April 27, 2022
Remembering Our Loss with Ron Siarnicki, NFFF Executive Director
Ronald Siarnicki, the Foundation’s Executive Director, began his career as a firefighter with the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department in 1978 and, over 24 years, progressed through the ranks to Chief of the Department. In this position, he served as the Chief Executive Officer responsible for the fire, rescue and emergency medical services of Prince George’s County, Maryland. While with the Department, he also served on the Joint Fire and Police Pension Board for four years. In July 2001, he retired from the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department to take the position of Executive Director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. In this role, he has managed the day to day operations of the Foundation to include the National Memorial Services, construction of the National Memorial Park and the renovation of the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Chapel located in Emmitsburg, Maryland. In addition, he created the catalyst for the development of the Everyone Goes Home® Program designed to reduce the number of firefighter line-of-duty deaths that occur each year in the United States. Listen tonight as we chat with Chief Nick Delia and Rick Siarnicki about Remembering our Loss - with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
01:16:58
March 24, 2022
With the Cast of Fire Department Chronicles - Using Comedy to Care for Personnel
Like other first responders, these guys understand the importance of his work. They serve the community and are always ready to save a life on a moment's notice. It’s an incredibly stressful job, and these guys have learned firsthand how a well-timed laugh can make all the difference in the world for those who dedicate their lives to serving others. Tune in with Nick Delia as he gets to meet up with two guys who have brought light to the comedy we all know goes on behind the scenes in every firehouse: FF Fenton and Jason Patton, Vice President of Fire Department Coffee and the host of Fire Department Chronicles.
01:24:25
March 02, 2022
Leadership Series - Recruiting and Retention with Chief John Salka
Tune in as we discuss Critical Conversation - Leadership Series: Recruiting and Retaining Emergency Responders. Our JLN Critical Conversations are free for First Responders. They are lead by JLN Municipal Lead and former Chief, Nick Delia, with invited special guests.
01:10:56
December 23, 2021
Leadership Series: Importance of the Senior Man and Surviving the FDNY Father’s Day Explosion
On tonight's episode, we chat with Gettin' Salty's own Kevin Kubler, 19-year veteran of the FDNY, about the Importance of the Senior Man. We will also be discussing surviving the NY Father's Day Fire. Tune in to the show to hear the conversation!
01:04:29
November 26, 2021
Leadership Series - East Coast vs. West Coast Firefighting with Chief Reggie Freeman
This upcoming week, our JLN Distance Learning Critical Conversation will continue to be lead by former Chief Nick Delia, and include special guest: Fire Chief, Reggie Freeman.  Listen in as we talk differences in leadership, strategies and factors you may not have thought of.
01:13:32
November 05, 2021
The Leadership Series - National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
On this episode of Critical Conversations, Nick DeLia is talking The National Fallen Firefighters Memorial, with special guests: Chief Ron Kanterman, Honor Guard - Captain Tony Ruggiero, Escorts - Chief Matthew Tobia, Survivor FF Tim Jeffery. Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to honor America’s fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the non-profit Foundation has developed and expanded programs that fulfill that mandate. The mission is to honor and remember America’s fallen fire heroes and to provide resources to assist their families in rebuilding their lives and work within the fire service community to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries. Each October, the Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year. Thousands attend the weekend activities held at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The Weekend features special programs for families and co-workers along with moving public ceremonies. Under a Department of Justice grant, the Foundation offers training to help fire departments handle a line-of-duty death. Departments receive extensive pre-incident planning support. Immediately after a death, a Chief-to-Chief Network provides technical assistance and personal support to help the department and the family.
01:43:28
September 24, 2021
Leadership Series: Terrorism Response - Oklahoma, New York & the Pentagon, with Chief Dennis Compton
Our guest tonight, Chief Dennis Compton, serves as a respected Executive Advisor for national, state, and local fire service and homeland security organizations. He was the Fire Chief in Mesa, Arizona for six years and Assistant Fire Chief in Phoenix, Arizona, where he served for 28 years. Chief Compton has Chaired the IFSTA Executive Board and also Chaired the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) National Advisory Council (NAC), where he continues to represent IFSTA. Chief Compton Chaired the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) Board of Directors for well over a decade and served as the Secretary of the International Public Safety Data Institute (IPSDI) Board of Directors as well. He has also served on the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Board of Directors. Dennis is a widely recognized speaker and author. He has written many articles and chapters for publications, including five of his own books – the two latest being: 1) Progressive Leadership Principles, Concepts, and Tools; and 2) Mental Aspects of Performance for Firefighters and Fire Officers. Chief Compton is a 2011 Inductee into the National Fire Heritage Center’s Hall of Legends, Legacies, and Leaders; a 2018 Inductee into the Firehouse Legends and Icons National Hall of Fame; and is a charter member of the Arizona Fire Service Hall of Fame. He is the recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association (Metro Chiefs) and the Arizona Fire Chiefs Association (AFCA). Dennis has received the George D. Post National Fire Service Instructor of the Year Award and was recognized as the American Fire Sprinkler Association Fire Service Person of the Year. He was named the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by the University of Phoenix and received the coveted CFSI/Motorola Solutions Mason Lankford National Fire Service Leadership Award. Chief Compton has also received the 2014 Dr. John Granito Award for Excellence in Fire Service Leadership and Management Research; the 2016 International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) James O. Page EMS Achievement Award; and was awarded the 2019 IAFC President’s Award. Since 1978, Chief Compton has served on many IFSTA Validation Committees and Task Groups, including as Past Chair of Chief Officer. Dennis was first elected to the IFSTA Executive Board in 1983 and represents IFSTA with many national fire service organizations addressing critical projects, issues, and planning endeavors.
01:25:39
September 10, 2021
Leadership Series with guest Eriks Gabliks, Superintendent of the National Fire Academy
Tune in as we talk the Re-Opening of the National Fire Academy + it's future vision, with the new Superintendent, Eriks Gabliks. Part of our Leadership Series, Eriks talked all things from the Covid shutdown to current accessibility to the National Fire Academy. 
01:31:08
July 25, 2021
Leadership Series with guest Bobby Halton, Editor of Fire Engineering Magazine
On this first episode of our Leadership Series, we are talking Current Issues in the Fire Service with guest Bobby Halton, Editor of Fire Engineering Magazine.
01:45:25
July 01, 2021
Case study of the 2003 Multiple Alarm LearJet crash into Providence Court, Poquonnock Bridge Fire District
JLN Associates presents CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS On tonight's episode, we discuss the case study of the 2003 Multiple Alarm LearJet crash into Providence Court, Poquonnock Bridge Fire District. Hosted by Chief Nick Delia, with special guest Ken Tucker, Director of CONN OSHA. We encourage audience participation as we host our conversations live. If you are interested in being a part of a live discussion, please reach out for updates on upcoming recording sessions!
01:26:37
June 10, 2021
JLN CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS: Connecticut DOL/OSHA Strategic Plan and the Fire Service
JLN Associates presents CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS On tonight's episode, we dive into the Connecticut DOL/OSHA strategic plan for the Fire Service. Hosted by Chief Nick Delia, with special guest Ken Tucker, Director of CONN OSHA. We encourage audience participation as we host our conversations live. If you are interested in being a part of a live discussion, please reach out for updates on upcoming recording sessions!
01:07:01
May 27, 2021
First Responder Mental Health Series #3 : Mental Health Support & Treatment Options with guests Michael Brunk, Joe Rizzuto, Brian Smith, Jeff Hall
Like most emergency responders, firefighters are expected to be calm, level-headed and able to face even the most challenging situations with courage. They have long been expected to contain their emotions and approach their jobs with logic and reason, with the understanding that only those who have the ability to successfully manage the stress and emotional aspects of the job are cut out for success. As a result, many firefighters have suppressed their feelings, with devastating consequences to their mental health. Research indicates that a large number have experienced mental health issues such as PTSD, anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. For example, one study of 7,000 firefighters found that 65% of the respondents struggle with memories of difficult calls, while 59% have had family or relationship problems as a result of their jobs. Substance abuse issues were experienced by 27%, while 19% have had thoughts of suicide. In this episode, the next session of our First Responder Mental Health series will continue to be lead by former Chief Nick Delia, and include special guests: Michael Brunk, Treatment Advocate Joe Rizzuto,  Massachusetts Fraternal Order of Police. Brian Smith, Peer Support Lead Jeff Hall, Springfield Firefighter National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Dial 800-273-TALK (8255) Crisis Text Line: Text “HOME” to 741741 Veterans Crisis Line: Dial 800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1 or text to 838255
01:39:02
April 28, 2021
Mental Health Series, Session #2: Fire Fighter Mental Health and Coping Strategies with guest: James McLoughlin , Fire - EMS Administrator / EMD
MENTAL HEALTH SERIES, SESSION #2: Fire Fighter Mental Health and Coping Strategies  with guest: James McLoughlin , Fire - EMS Administrator / EMD This time of year is difficult for many people, including firefighters, especially during a pandemic. Like most emergency responders, firefighters are expected to be calm, level-headed and able to face even the most challenging situations with courage. They have long been expected to contain their emotions and approach their jobs with logic and reason, with the understanding that only those who have the ability to successfully manage the stress and emotional aspects of the job are cut out for success. As a result, many firefighters have suppressed their feelings, with devastating consequences to their mental health. Research indicates that a large number have experienced mental health issues such as PTSD, anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. For example, one study of 7,000 firefighters found that 65% of the respondents struggle with memories of difficult calls, while 59% have had family or relationship problems as a result of their jobs. Substance abuse issues were experienced by 27%, while 19% have had thoughts of suicide. In our second session of our First Responder Mental Health series, we include a special guest, James McLoughlin , Fire - EMS Administrator / EMD, to talk about mental health.  National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Dial 800-273-TALK (8255) Crisis Text Line: Text “HOME” to 741741 Veterans Crisis Line: Dial 800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1 or text to 838255
01:05:37
January 27, 2021
Critical Conversations Mental Health Series Episode #1 - with guest Paul Barnes.
CRITICAL CONVERSATIONS: FIRST RESPONDER MENTAL HEALTH SERIES EPISODE #1 - with guests: Paul Barnes This time of year is difficult for many people, including firefighters, especially during a pandemic. Like most emergency responders, firefighters are expected to be calm, level-headed and able to face even the most challenging situations with courage. They have long been expected to contain their emotions and approach their jobs with logic and reason, with the understanding that only those who have the ability to successfully manage the stress and emotional aspects of the job are cut out for success. As a result, many firefighters have suppressed their feelings, with devastating consequences to their mental health. Research indicates that a large number have experienced mental health issues such as PTSD, anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. For example, one study of 7,000 firefighters found that 65% of the respondents struggle with memories of difficult calls, while 59% have had family or relationship problems as a result of their jobs. Substance abuse issues were experienced by 27%, while 19% have had thoughts of suicide. In this episode we hear from special guest, Paul Barnes, to talk about mental health. Paul has been involved in the fire service since 1978. He joined the Air Force in 1980-86 as a Security Police. He was past Assistance Chief in Montville Fire Company, past Deputy Chief of Gardner Lake Fire Company and was a career firefighter in Montville from 1996-2016. He continues to be the Deputy Fire Marshal for Montville since 2016. He was diagnosed with PTSD in the year 2000, and will be bringing this important subject to our discussion platform this upcoming week. Please join us, and share with your colleagues and friends. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Dial 800-273-TALK (8255) Crisis Text Line: Text “HOME” to 741741 Veterans Crisis Line: Dial 800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1 or text to 838255
01:25:14
December 30, 2020