Sharon D. Bio

Sharon D. is a deputy fire chief of communications, human resources and safety in a rural emergency services department. Sharon has been involved in emergency services for 21 years. Sharon also has a background in community and workplace traumatology with 17 years of experience in victim services.  She became involved with the ACIPN when researching best practices and evidence-based programs to support her emergency services department. Sharon and her department trained with ACIPN in 2018 and since has seen a tremendous shift in culture and the profound benefit of what effective peer support programming can have on first responders. Sharon has experience in coordinating and facilitating peer support interventions for both groups and individuals. Sharon has been instrumental to ACIPN in providing communications resources to provide the 24/7/365 access to the ACIPN toll-free number and continues to promote CISM peer support in her region and field. Sharon’s expertise and experience on the council informs the emerging trends and issue regarding first responder mental health from a leadership perspective.