Stand Up and Be the Best

Track: Instructor Development Conference

Session Number: Keynote2
Date: Sat, Sep 30th, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Room: Conference Sessions


The brotherhood and sisterhood shared amongst firefighters represents one of the most sacred traditions of our proud profession. Sit down at the firehouse kitchen table anywhere in the country and you’ll undoubtedly hear stories of past fires, moans and groans about the off-going shift, tales of machismo, and relentless, good-hearted humor. It’s these conversations and personal exchanges that represent some of our most memorable moments, but these conversations also define who we are, what we do and how we address critical issues.

In this very personal address, Chief Pat Kenny will bring attention to two of the most important issues facing fire service leaders today: firefighter mental health and cancer. Armed with a career of advocacy for firefighter health and wellness and a personal story, Chief Kenny will put forth a call to action to stand up and face these challenges head-on, to exemplify the strong and defined leadership necessary in these trying times, and to extend the brotherhood and sisterhood beyond simple words. He will compare how both challenges are looked at and responded to by the fire service from firefighter to chief.
Session Type: Keynote Address
Session Type: Keynote Address