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International Association of Fire Chiefs- Safety Health & Survival Section

The Safety, Health and Survival (SHS) Section was established in 2005 to provide a specific component within the IAFC to concentrate on policies and issues relating to the health and safety of firefighters.
Aug 12
Wendy Norris's group was featured

International Association of Fire Chiefs- Safety Health & Survival Section

The Safety, Health and Survival (SHS) Section was established in 2005 to provide a specific component within the IAFC to concentrate on policies and issues relating to the health and safety of firefighters.
Jun 13

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Type of Organization
Combination Fire Rescue Department, Other Response Agency Type
Job Function
Firefighter / EMT-Basic, Other
Years in Fire/EMS:
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Forest Bend Fire Department
Years With Department/Agency
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About Me:
My Bio-

I am a certified Master Chaplain and has worked within the fire chaplaincy since 1998. I currently serves as a chaplain for the Forest Bend Vol. Fire Department and has also worked on response teams for local, state, and national disasters. I specialize in PTSD, Injured Emergency Worker Care and LODD preparation and aftercare.

I serve as the Presiding Officer on the Governor’s Advisory Panel for the Star of Texas Awards. I am also the Director for the Texas LODD Task Force/NFFF LAST Team, an administrator and instructor for the Federation of Fire Chaplains, and a peer advisor for the SOAR program at Shriner's Hospital in Galveston. I am the Public Information Officer for the IAFC- Safety, Health & Survival Section.

Previously, I have worked as an industrial firefighter in Antioch, California and in Houston, Texas until I was injured in a structure fire in 1997. I also served as a volunteer firefighter. I received my fire, rescue, EMS, and instructor training at Solano College in Fairfield, California, and Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.

I have spoken at numerous events, churches, and conventions regarding my story as well as on emotional and spiritual topics that affect emergency workers. I also teach classes on
preparing for line of duty deaths and injuries, notifications, firefighter safety and LODD prevention and beyond CISD
Day Job:
Fire Chaplain
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Why I Joined Fire/EMS
I started out as an Explorer. I then became an industrial firefighter and EMT. I was also a volunteer firefighter. I am now a chaplain and the President of Firefighter Ministries, a non-profit organization that takes care of the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of the emergency services.
Why I Love Fire/EMS
The friendships, the family, and the nature of the job
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Line of duty death, injury prevention and safety.

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IAFC SHS Fire Department Pocket Planners

Posted on December 7, 2009 at 8:55pm 1 Comment

The SHS Section has launched a program to try to reach as many

firefighters as possible with simple survival messages through the

distribution of 2010 pocket planners. This low-cost program will

generate funds to allow the SHS Section to continue to address

firefighter safety and health issues.

For only $1.50 each,

you ca...n order these pocket planners for your members to tell them that

their lives and families mean so much to you that you want to… Continue

2009 Fire/EMS Safety, Health & Survival Week

Posted on March 28, 2009 at 10:30pm 14 Comments

2009 Fire/EMS Safety, Health and Survival Week

Protect Yourself: Your Safety, Health and Survival Are Your Responsibility

June 14-20, 2009

Protect Yourself: Your Safety, Health and Survival Are Your Responsibility encourages chiefs and fire/EMS personnel to focus on what they personally can do to manage risk and enhance their health and safety. This year’s theme reflects the need for personal responsibility and… Continue

Books for Emergency Service Families

Posted on November 5, 2008 at 9:12pm 0 Comments

I am a book junkie, especially when it comes to my office. I really like to have a lot of resources relating to the work that I do as a chaplain on hand. I have learned quite a bit from reading various titles on grief, trauma, traumatic stress, abuse, and fire & police families. I have learned a lot in my education but there is always room to learn more. Reading books helps me better myself as a chaplain.

Denise over at Laughing with Spoons wrote a beautiful post called I Am. She… Continue

Firefighter & EMS Injury Study

Posted on October 30, 2008 at 4:48pm 0 Comments

After nearly a year of researching, assessing, and discussing the importance of caring for the needs of emergency service workers who have been critically injured in the line of duty, the SHS board of directors is releasing a survey (link to survey is below) to collect more detailed and specific information on those needs. The survey will assist us in gathering resources and in developing SOGs for departments to use in the event a critical firefighter injury.

Link to survey:… Continue

Firefighter Ministries Website Update

Posted on October 9, 2008 at 3:41pm 0 Comments

We have updated our website at www.firefighterministries.org with new articles and content. With the release of Fireproof, we have focused on marriage. We have also added a CafePress store with our new logo:

Check it… Continue

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At 12:53pm on August 13, 2009, Old Fireguy said…
Wendy, Please see my comments in the thread "Struggles" and correct/expand as necessary. Thanks
At 3:49pm on March 29, 2009, Ed Nied said…
Thanks for setting all this up.
I don't use this or facebook much as I normally just don't have the time.
I will try to log in more often and we need to get some forums going on Ca issues, huh?
At 3:13am on March 29, 2009, Jim Seargent said…
Hi Wendy, after reading your post I checked out your page. I must say that you have a beautiful family, and wish the best for you, your husband and your beautiful daughter.
At 7:43pm on March 28, 2009, Christopher J. Naum, SFPE said…
Please add the following two groups to your page or the IAFC SHS page that ou launched since they are directly related to our mission and goals;
I'm also doing a number of series and postings under FF Strategy & Tactics Formum called Five Minutes in the Street..
Chris Naum,
IAFC SHS Section
At 11:40pm on January 11, 2009, Sue Okenyi said…
How awesome! I look forward to meeting you! I'll send you my cell phone number so we can get in contact there.
At 2:42am on January 11, 2009, Sue Okenyi said…
Hey Wendy!

Glad to hear from you! Happy New Year! Hope November and December were a good busy. Glad the book is received. I will value your thoughts on it. Hey I'm going to participate in a Fire House World Expo! It's in San Diego next month. I'm excited about it! It's costly to participate but I'm hoping to make good contacts. I received a little financial support from the East Coast so I'm going for it! Please help me pray for God's direction to the right contacts.
At 9:43pm on December 7, 2008, Mick Mayers said…
How's everything going? Just scanning my "friends" list and seeing who I hadn't talked with in a while. Hope all is well on your end. Stay safe!
At 11:00am on November 19, 2008, Chris Turner said…
Dear Wendy,

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. To me you are still a wonderful person on the inside and out. Stay safe and be careful out there in the field.
Chris Turner
At 12:41am on November 6, 2008, Sue Okenyi said…
Thanks Wendy! I'm so glad you responded to me! Reading some of what you've done, I am so interested in learning more. Sounds like you have the training, expertise to do what I was kind of thrown into...gladly so. I realize how very much I need to learn and I want to. I signed up just now for "Rescuing the Rescuer". I'm looking forward to learning more about that. I saw that there is a Christain Fire Fighters link. I am an honorary member of the Fresno, CA Fire Fighters For Christ Group for four years now. A connection that came out of one of our local guys meeting one of my East Coast friends. Anyway, I know you are very busy but I hope we will have more time to communicate. God Bless.
At 10:12am on November 3, 2008, Tiger Schmittendorf said…
See, I told you he'd help you out!

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