DJHS hosts National Memorial Conference
Over 200 attend NSU sponsored conference
Nova Southeastern University’s Department of Justice and Human Services (DJHS) in the College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences hosted over 200 firefighters and emergency services staff on campus on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Titled “Surviving the Fire Service: A National Memorial Conference,” this inaugural event was held in the HPD Steele Auditorium from 9am – 5pm. Participants represented agencies from across the nation, including cities such as Houston, TX; Chicago, Il; New York, NY; as well as the state of Florida.
Broward Mayor Marty Kiar, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Division Chief Todd Leduc, and DJHS Chair Kimberly Durham, Psy.D. welcomed attendees to the conference.
Learning objectives covered in this conference included:
- 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.
- Understand the prevalence of suicide within the fire service.
- Identify an “Action Plan” that all departments can adopt to address behavioral health within their department.
- Understand how all aspects of being a firefighter affect behavioral health.
- Become familiar with resources to assist you and your coworkers.
- Identify steps you can take today to increase survivability.
In addition to offering information to help fire fighters and emergency services staff cope with occupational stress, the conference also served as a fundraiser for the Michael Valadez Trust Fund. The conference registration fees will be donated to support the Valadez family, after the passing of patriarch Michael Valadez.