Chief Bobby Halton
Retired Fire Chief Bobby Halton is currently editor of Fire Engineering magazine and the education director of the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC). Chief Halton began his career in structural firefighting with the Albuquerque Fire Department and rose through the ranks, eventually becoming chief of training and chief of operations. In 2004, he left Albuquerque to be the chief of the Coppell (TX) Fire Department, then moved on to Fire Engineering Magazine.
Chief Halton is a member in good standing with the International Association of Fire Fighters, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and he has served on several of the National Fire Protection Association technical committees. Chief Halton is a graduate of the University of New Mexico.
Chief Halton is active with the National Fallen Firefighters, the Congressional Fire Services Institute and the Firefighters Cancer Support Network. He has done extensive speaking and training for the fire service in the United States and internationally.
His specialties include: USAR, structural firefighting, haz mat, terrorism, EMS, wildland interface.
Session - Understanding Stigma and Mental Health Issues for First Responders
Description: This presentation will review the current thoughts on mental wellness for first responders. Wellness in the first responder community is tightly coupled with the operational conditions and pressures which responders routinely encounter. There are proactive actions organizations can employ to mitigate these stressors as well as reactive elements which organizations can deploy following a critical incident.