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Sam DiGiovanna

Sam DiGiovanna is a 35-year fire service veteran. He started with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, served as fire chief at the Monrovia Fire Department and currently serves as Chief at the Verdugo Fire Academy in Glendale, California. DiGiovanna also serves as executive vice president of fire operations for Cordico, which provides access to critical mental health information and resources to help those on the front lines best take care of themselves and ensure they are best prepared to serve others. Cordico was acquired by Lexipol in 2020.

You will be pulled in many directions and take some shots from outsiders, so it’s important to have a support system
The more we can recognize and understand how our thoughts work, the better equipped we will be to break the habit
Training our minds to prepare for the worst possible outcome may lead to catastrophizing, which can cause fatigue and other mental and physical health problems
Times have changed in the fire service and some of the best peer support opportunities have fallen by the wayside as firefighter culture has evolved
Preparation and early warning are critical, but there’s no guarantee we can match Mother Nature’s forces
The tendency to compare ourselves to others also wastes time and energy focusing on things we can’t control
Firefighters regularly work with 13 different kinds of equipment that can produce noise that exceeds the 85-decibel threshold
The National Fire Protection Association has announced its theme for this year: “Fire Won’t Wait. Plan Your Escape.”
A career in public safety amplifies our natural human tendency to anticipate danger, which can be complicated when it expands beyond work
Building resilience within our members so they trust that the fire service is still the career for them, even as it evolves