In this installment of The Fire Inside Podcast, Jon Sanders interviews ILFFPS Symposium Speaker Joel Brier
Joel began his career as a first responder in 1983 at Military Park Fire District in Palm Beach County Florida which was included in the consolidation of fire districts that are now known as Palm Beach County Fire Rescue. In 1985 he was elected to the position of District Vice President and later Executive Vice President of the Professional Firefighters Paramedics of Palm Beach County.
While at PBCFR he began to realize that there was a need to assist coworkers in areas of mental health, substance and alcohol and other wellness related issues. Teaming up with His then department EAP Coordinator they formed a relationship in the management of these issues. Joel continued successfully to function as both a member advocate roll and a behavioral health roll achieving multiple credentials in addiction, peer support, and behavioral heath and in 2018 became the organizations first behavioral health officer.
Joel now serves assisting members with treatment options, recommendations, insurance problems, and educational opportunities for the International association of firefighters in the Florida region. His office is located in West Palm Beach. If you want to speak with Joel, his phone number is (561) 436-4720.