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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

Critical Conversations

Case study of the 2003 Multiple Alarm LearJet crash into Providence Court, Poquonnock Bridge Fire District

Critical Conversations

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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 1, 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