PODCAST: Lifetime of Emergencies Nearly Sent California Fire Chief Past the Point of No Return

October 27th, 2020

CALFIRE Battalion Chief Mike Mohler

 

In episode #79 we are grateful to have CALFIRE Battalion Chief Mike Mohler as our guest. Reaching us via Zoom during this pandemic, he speaks candidly about his “implosion” on the job, which led him to seek professional help. Chief Mohler speaks of Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI), intentionally differentiating his affliction from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.) What he and other first responders endure is, in fact, an injury not a disorder. Mike also talks honestly about how he contemplated suicide when he just didn’t care any more; he couldn’t numb the noise in his head. Mike is sharing his story because “we have to change that stigma because it’s OK. We’ve got people hurting across… not just our agency as you well know… every branch of military, law enforcement, fire, especially in these times. It’s time to check on our brothers and sisters and our fellow employees.”

Links

First Responder Wellness

Save a Warrior

A STUDY BY THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY INFORMATION

Career prevalence and correlates of suicidal thoughts and behaviors among firefighters

 

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CZU Torches Big Basin Redwoods, We Will Make Memories Here Again

October 7th, 2020

In this episode (#78) we talk with Chris Spohrer, District Superintendent,  California State Parks, Santa Cruz District. He talks to us about the devastation to the Big Basin Redwoods State Park done by the CZU Lightning Complex Fire when it swept through beginning on August 16th; It wasn’t fully contained until September 22nd.  The damage inflicted by the CZU was immense: 925 homes destroyed, 562 non-residential buildings destroyed, 999 people evacuated and one fatality.

And the Big Basin Redwoods was smack dab in the middle of it. Every one of the 18,000 acres in California’s oldest state park burned. Every park building was reduced to ash.

Now, many questions are being asked, such as where and how to begin rebuilding, what is the park’s future, and what will it look like?

If you’d like to help rebuild Big Basin Redwoods visit the sites below.

Chris Spohrer and Shawn Boyd

NON PROFIT PARTNERS SUPPORTING THEM

SEMPERVIRENS FUND

F: @SempervirensFund

https://sempervirens.org/

 

SAVE THE REDWOODS LEAGUE

https://www.savetheredwoods.org/

F: @SaveTheRedwoodsLeague

T: @savetheredwoods

I: savetheredwoods

 

FRIENDS OF SANTA CRUZ STATE PARKS

https://thatsmypark.org/

F: @FriendsOfSantaCruzStateParks

T: @ThatsMyPark

I: friendsofscstateparks

 

MOUNTAIN PARKS FOUNDATION

https://www.mountainparks.org/

F: @Mountain.Parks.Foundation

T: @mountain_parks

I: mountainparksfoundation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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