Robert Avsec retired as a battalion chief after 26-years with the Chesterfield County (Va.) Fire and EMS Department. For the past 5 years, he’s worked as a freelance writer contributing to fire service publications online. During his career, Robert served in many roles from Company Officer (first-line supervisor of a fire company), EMS Director, Manager of Emergency Communications Center (911), and Chief of Training and Safety Division. His background with post-traumatic stress and firefighters is primarily confined to having an acute awareness of the subject which has moved him to use his “voice” to promote, amplify, and communicate information, primarily through his blog, Talking “Shop” 4 Fire and EMS, and articles that he has published on FireRescue1.com. Recently, Robert was invited to become an inaugural member of the Honorary Board of Advisors for Warrior Heart, a residential treatment facility outside of San Antonio, TX that serves members of the military and public safety agencies (fire, police, and EMS) in helping them to overcome drug and alcohol addiction and manage post-traumatic stress conditions.
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