Joy Stearns is a full-time Captain with West Jordan Fire Department and has over 17 years of experience. She has a Masters in Health Promotion and Education from the University of Utah and specifically studied building resilience in the fire service. She is also the Mental Health Coordinator with the Utah Fire and Rescue Academy and teaches resilience courses all across the state.
This is from the Unified Fire Authority’s Roll Call Podcast. In this episode, we discuss mental health and well-being in the fire service. We bring up post-traumatic stress and how it is a normal reaction to events encountered in the field of emergency services. We also discuss the importance of post-traumatic growth and what we can do to increase our resilience and strengthen ourselves throughout our career. Enjoy!