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During this 3-day series of presentations and panel discussions, professionals and agency leaders shared some of the current science, knowledge, and tools available to support wildland firefighter physical and mental health. The series aimed to bring the latest science to those working in fire management and/or wildland firefighting.

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Event Overview

Wildland firefighters experience a wide range of physical and mental health stressors while on the job that can lead to short and long-term health issues. Physical and mental health impacts are intermingled and may include prolonged smoke exposure, decreased reproductive health, sleep deprivation, and chronic injuries. Experiences of firefighters in dangerous situations can also lead to trauma, depression, and substance abuse. The schedule demands of being away from family for long periods and working long shifts under difficult conditions with others also creates unique challenges. The impacts of these health concerns on individuals, and the greater wildland firefighter profession, are receiving increased attention from government agencies, researchers, health professionals, and the wildland firefighter community. Many of the resources and publications referenced during this event are available on our Wildland Firefighter Health Hot Topic Webpage.


Day 1 Recorded Presentations: Physical Health

  • Smoke Exposure and Health Effects for Wildland Firefighters – Kathleen Navarro
  • Female Firefighters and Reproductive Health: What We Know and Where We Are Going – Alesia Jung
  • Sleep Matters: How it Affects Mental and Physical Health – Randy Brooks
  • Wildland Firefighter Physiological Health and Job Demands – Joe Sol
  • Fitness Leadership: Management Perspective – Luis Gomez

Day 2 Recorded Presentations: Mental Health

  • Wildland Firefighter Mental Health - Patty O’Brien
  • PTSD: Finding a Way Home – Marc Titus
  • Taming Fire Dragons - Suzanne Connolly
  • Identification and Integration of Moral Injury – Rebecca Morris
  • Stress First Aid for Wildland Firefighters – Kimberly Lightley

Day 3 Recorded Presentations: Supporting a Healthy Workforce

  • Recognizing Risk Factors in the Workplace – Matt Carroll
  • Active Bystander and Preparedness Training – Ty Gilbert
  • Building Resilience – Ben Iverson
  • Overview and Practical Application of Incident Kits – K.C. Briggs
  • NWCG Efforts for Wildland Firefighter Health – Miranda Stuart

Resources Recommended by Speakers

Kathleen Navarro:

Alesia Jung:

Joe Sol:

Ty Gilbert: 

Ben Iverson:

K.C. Briggs:

Miranda Stuart:

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Presented as a partnership among the Northern Rockies Fire Science Network, the Northwest Fire Science Consortium, the Great Basin Fire Science Exchange, the Southern Rockies Fire Science Network, and the California Fire Science Consortium

This event was organized with agenda input provided by the USDA Forest Service’s Innovation & Organizational Learning RD&A and Work Environment & Performance Office, and inspiration derived from the International Association of Wildland Fire’s Workforce Resilience Ignite Talks.


Presenter(s): Vita Wright, Joe Domitrovich, Kathleen M. Navarro, Alesia M. Jung, Randy Brooks, Joseph A. Sol, Luis Gomez

Presenter(s): Vita Wright, Ben Iverson, Patty O'Brien, Marc Titus, Suzanne Connolly, Rebecca Morris, Kimberley Lightley

Presenter(s): Vita Wright, Jim Gumm, Matt Carroll, Ty Gilbert, Ben Iverson, K.C. Briggs, Miranda Stuart

Event Details

May 31 2022, 11am - 1:30pm
Jun 1 2022, 11am - 1:30pm
Jun 2 2022, 11am - 1:30pm