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Firefighter Wellness: Leading a balanced life. Dr. Donnie Hutchinson Part 2 – SAM 366

In this episode, we continue our discussion with Dr. Donnie, talking about the health and wellness qualities that make for successful first responders at work and at home.




Dr. Donnie explores the health and wellness qualities that make for successful firefighters and other first responders at work and home.  He teaches how and why firefighters and first responders need to put their physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs first.  Dr. Donnie educates first responders that the greater they care for themselves, the better they will be able to serve their communities and their families.  His education process includes using interactive activities and discussions to identify who and what are important in firefighter lives and how to begin aligning your day-to-day behaviors with your priorities in life.


Dr. Donnie Hutchinson is an Army National Guard veteran, author, speaker, University of Dayton professor, Podcaster, and a Work-Life Balance instructor who works with firefighters, law enforcement officers and first responders on self-care and work-life balance strategies to improve their success at home, work, and life.

Dr. Donnie has been the work-life balance trainer and presenter for the past four years at the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF/ALTS) annual conferences and has delivered numerous workshops and webinars for law enforcement, EMS, local fire districts, state organizations, and the IAFC_ SHS division.

Dr. Donnie wrote Lead with Balance: How to Master Work-Life Balance in an Imbalanced Culture and co-authored Diversity and Inclusion in the Global Workplace: Aligning Initiative with Strategic Business Goals. His chapter on work-life balance addresses generational and cultural differences in managing employee work-life balance friendly policies. Dr. Donnie is an active and proud father of four children and resides in Dayton, Ohio with his wife Marlene.  His son, a U.S Army combat veteran is studying and training to become a professional firefighter. His website is:

Length: 46 Minutes

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About the Host

Richard B. Gasaway, PhD, CSP is widely considered a trusted authority on human factors, situational awareness and the high-risk decision making processes used in high-stress, high consequence work environments. He served 33 years on the front lines as a firefighter, EMT-Paramedic, company officer, training officer, fire chief and emergency incident commander.  His doctoral research included the study of cognitive neuroscience to understand how human factors flaw situational awareness and impact high-risk decision making.


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