First Responder Resilience: How to Bounce Back
This course is about resilience, or the process of adapting well in the face of adversity and trauma. Resilience is a crucial ability for first responders to help them stay in the game and retire emotionally and physically healthy. Most importantly, it is a learnable ability. Whether you are a new volunteer or a veteran first responder, this course will help you be able to “bounce back” from traumatic calls and the daily grind. The course introduces six key skills based on ground-breaking science and a module on "Leading the Resilient Department” for officers.
Hersch Wilson is a thirty-three year veteran Firefighter-EMT with the Hondo Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He retired in 2021. He is a writer and his last book was the award winning “Firefighter Zen: A Field Guide to Thriving in Tough Times.” He is married to Laurie Wilson, an ex-firefighter. They have two daughters and two dogs and spend lots of time in the New Mexico Mountains.