On Thursday, April 7, 2022, the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) hosted a peer support training seminar at the Industry Hills Expo Center in the City of Industry.
The LACoFD Peer Support Team has 200 members and four peer canines, including two new additions, Tiller and Ava, making the group the largest peer support team in the nation. This year’s first quarterly training included presentations on resiliency, workplace violence, suicide prevention, and a special guest speaker, retired LACoFD Captain Claudio Medina, a previous Peer Support Coordinator for our Department.
The new peer support canines were presented with working badges and will be assigned regionally to support the Department’s members.
- Milo is assigned to Fire Captain Scott Ross (Peer Support Coordinator)
- Echo is assigned to Fire Fighter Paramedic Jake Windell (North Region, Fire Station 107)
- Tiller is assigned to Fire Captain Ben Sheen (Central Region, Fire Station 14)
- Ava is assigned to Fire Captain Don McLaughlin (North Region, Fire Station 33)
The Department would like to thank Peer Support Coordinator Fire Captain Scott Ross and Dr. Steve Froehlich for their dedicated support towards the health and wellness of the Department’s staff members.