Welcome to Episode 71 of The Things We All Carry.

It’s been a couple months since I put out a call for people interested in doing an impromptu interview.This is another in that series of pop-up interviews.

Ryan is a captain with SacMetro in California. He responded to my message and waited patiently as our schedule seemed to never align. Luckily we were able to sit down and record recently. Ryan shares his own story of trauma and recovery before discussing his work as a peer support coordinator in his department from deadly auto accidents to near misses on house fires we talk about how and why it affected him. Ryan also talks about his experience with EMDR as well as brain spotting.

His goal with the peer support program centers on making certain other firefighters know they aren’t alone and are made aware of all the resources available to them.

We kind of joined this conversation as he and I are already rolling along. I never got to do my typical lead in for a guest but it seemed like the right thing at the time.

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