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Live Q & A: Becoming Culturally Competent in the Fire Service

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  • Dr. Steven F. Froehlich, Ph.D., MFT

    Steve Froehlich, Ph.D., LMFT opened his private practice in West Los Angeles in 1976, serving many individuals from the Law Enforcement and Fire Service communities. Froehlich was hired by the Beverly Hills Police Department and was trained by the LA Police Department in Crisis Negotiations, and was later added to Beverly Hills Police Department’s Crisis Negotiations Team. The FBI later recruited Froehlich in their LA Field Office providing training and ongoing consultation for the Peer Support Team assisting with Post Critical Incidents and individuals. From 1995 - 2017, he joined the Critical Incident Stress Management Team with the LA County Fire Department working within the County of LA, as needed, and deployed in and out of County incidents. In May 2017, Froehlich join the United Firefighters of LA City as their full time Director of Behavioral Health.

  • Alex Hamilton

    Interim Fire Chief Alex Hamilton started his career with the Oxnard Fire Department as a Firefighter in 2005. He was promoted to Fire Engineer in 2010, promoted to Fire Captain in 2012, Battalion Chief in 2016 and Assistant Chief in 2017. He previously worked as a volunteer Firefighter in Australia, where he grew up. Interim Fire Chief Hamilton holds an MBA from Pepperdine University. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Protection Administration and a Chief Fire Officer certification from the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

    He has served in a variety of assignments, including, Grant Writer and Grant Project Manager where he successfully procured and managed over $17 million in grants. He has previously served as a hazardous materials specialist, urban search and rescue team member, member of the Police/Fire Dive Team, Peer Support Team, and Honor Guard. He developed a comprehensive behavioral health program for two Fire Departments in the region and also serves as a Suicide Awareness Intervention Instructor. He established the Oxnard Fire Department Peer Support Team and has become an advocate for behavioral health issues for the Fire Service. Chief Hamilton has served on state and national committees to build behavioral health tools for the Fire Service and clinicians that work with Firefighters.

    Since the beginning of this pandemic, Chief Hamilton is working tirelessly to ensure our local first responders are adequately protected through ensuring Public Health provides timely information on COVID positive cases in our community and innovating our PPE. Further, he was at the forefront of antibody testing for all first responders in Ventura County. This project has since morphed into a countywide effort that has now tested over 12,000 community members and is now part of a joint academic study between CLU and ULCA looking at the health and economic impacts of COVID to different population demographics. He also spearheaded building a point of dispatch telemedicine program to ensure additional surge capacity in the event of an overwhelming amount of COVID cases.

    Chief Hamilton is the co-founder and CFO of the Oxnard Firefighters Foundation, Inc., that has been providing programs and services to low-income communities since 2012 and more recently, suicide prevention and intervention classes for first responders. Additionally, he serves as an Advisory Board Member of the VC Ribbons of Life Foundation, helping raise funds for the important work they do with those diagnosed with breast cancer. Additionally, Assistant Chief Hamilton is a recipient of the Kiwanis Firefighter of the Year and the City of Oxnard Employee of the Year awards and has earned numerous educational and training certificates

October 1, 2020
Thu 12:00 PM PDT

Duration 1H 30M

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