Wednesday, May 9, 2018
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
All Day Skills and Awareness Training - Two Parts
This year’s Pre-Conference offers two unique learning experiences. The first part will be an awareness training relating to EMS response to veterans in crisis.
• Frontline on the Homefront: Equipping First Responders to Assist Veterans in Crisis
Frontline on the Homefront: Equipping First Responders to Assist Veterans in Crisis
Since 9/11, more than 3.2 million veterans have served during the Global War on Terror. For Arizona veterans, the home front has become the new battlefield. The impact of war and the anguish of combat have taken a toll, leaving physical wounds and invisible scars. Crisis and service calls involving combat veterans continue with reintegration into civilian life being one of their greatest stressors. This session, an update to training provided to first responders 5 years ago, will provide a fresh perspective on concepts like post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury, and present tips when responding to a vet in crisis. The session will also provide new information on an emerging concept called “moral injury,” and feature a panel discussion where several combat veterans and military family members will share their lived experiences.
Dean Pedrotti, BS, MBA is a retired Captain/Paramedic for the Phoenix Fire Department. In his final years on the Department, he was on special assignment extending veterans awareness training to PFD firefighters and first responders across Arizona.
Annette Hill is the former Clinical Director and program author for Warriors Heart, a treatment center near San Antonio, TX which exclusively treats Veterans and First Responders suffering from substance abuse and PTSD.