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The Connecticut Volunteer Workforce Solutions (CTVWS) program brings you a full day seminar with two excellent speakers, Ali Rothrock and Ann Baldwin. This course can earn you up to 4.0 fire marshal’s credits from OEDM.

Ali Rothrock is a speaker, author, educator and activist. Ali has been in the volunteer fire service since 2005, enjoying more than a decade as a firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician. She works full time in mental health education and is a member of the Montgomery County (PA) Critical Incident Stress Management Team as well as a certified QPR Suicide Prevention instructor through the QPR Institute. Ali is a Certified Trauma Responder through the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists. She is also a member of the Southeastern Montgomery County (PA) Technical Rescue Task force. Ali has worked as a sexual assault and domestic violence counselor and has served on multiple national diversity and inclusion committees. She is the eastern division trustee for the International Association of Women in Fire and Emergency Services. Ali is the author of Where Hope Lives, a memoir detailing her journey through her first few years in the fire service. Ali is the CEO & Lead Instructor for On the Job and Off, which is an online platform dedicated to building more resilient first responders. Her presentation will focus on her experiences in the fire service and how that has led her to the advocacy and aid roles she holds today.

Ann Baldwin has decades of expertise in the broadcasting and the strategic communications industry. More than 20-years ago, Ann transferred her knowledge as a news anchor and reporter for NBC Connecticut, into a successful business helping others effectively deal with “today’s” media. Ann is President and CEO of Baldwin Media, a full-service public relations firm based in New Britain, Connecticut. As someone who was on the other end of the microphone asking the tough questions, her training for law enforcement, fire fighters and other emergency responders maintains outstanding reviews. By applying her knowledge of the media industry, her firm has built a national reputation for its expertise in supplying support in crisis and media management. Her interactive presentation will cover what every firefighter needs to know when dealing with “today’s” media. What are the “do’s & don’ts” during a crisis? The media has its agenda….What is yours? You are guaranteed to leave this session with a better understanding of how and when to respond when all hell is breaking loose.Topics Include:

Harassment and discrimination
Handling the crisis
Answering questions from the media