F I R E PROGRAM - Focused Inquiry and Research Experience
In the 2013/2014 and 2015/2016 academic years, Thomas Gillan – Founder and Director of the P S U CRISIS MANAGEMENT AND TRAINING GROUP, INC. was appointed a F I R E Mentor for two medical students at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine.
During the 2013/2014 academic year the F I R E Research focused on Human Trafficking Awareness Training for Emergency Room Personnel. Mr. Gillan and a medical student developed a survey that was issued to five emergency rooms in the Central Florida area with questions about their knowledge on the subject of Human Trafficking and if there was a need for a training session for the emergency room personnel. After the surveys were collected a two-hour and four-hour curriculum was developed and offered to hospital emergency room staff throughout the State of Florida.
During the 2015/2016 academic year the F I R E Research focused on Law Enforcement Stress, Trauma, PTSD, Addictions and Suicide. Mr. Gillan and a medical student developed a survey that was filled out by 329 law enforcement personnel from police chiefs and sheriffs to patrol officers…from correctional officers to investigators. The survey asked questions about stress and trauma awareness training, ethics training, alcohol and prescription drug abuse, law enforcement officer suicide and asking for assistance through counseling, EAP or peer support. After the data was collected and reviewed we developed a new educational class called “Your Life Matters Too…Officer Wellness, Safety and Resiliency”. This class is being offered Nationwide by P S U CRISIS MANAGEMENT AND TRAINING GROUP and TRAINING FORCE USA.