BJ Jungmann is currently the Fire Chief for the City of Burnsville which is an all suburban career fire and EMS agency just outside of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota. Chief Jungmann has had the fortune to work throughout his career in many different roles, starting as volunteer firefighter, EMT, dispatcher, paramedic, fire captain, training officer, assistant chief and now fire chief. He is fortunate to be the Fire Chief of one of only a few career fire departments in Minnesota and has a great staff that are striving to increase their professionalism. Chief Jungmann has worked in both hospital based EMS and local government fire based EMS. He has a passion for learning, he currently holds a Master's Degree from Hamline University in Public Administration and is pursuing his Executive Fire Officer Certificate through the National Fire Academy. Chief Jungmann is a student of the profession who strived to learn and grow from each experience, he is engaged at the local and state level with organizations to advance both the fire and EMS professions.
The issue of EMS provider stress and mental health has come to the forefront of our profession. The Burnsville Minnesota Fire Department has, like many EMS agencies, provided countless training opportunities for its staff and increased the visibility of employee assistance programs. The greatest success though, has been through something less tangible, something free and something much more challenging- a culture change that changed the discussion of mental health. Join Fire Chief BJ Jungmann to discuss his philosophy and lessons learned from the cultural change he is leading. Joining him is Brian Carlson, an Assistant Chief with Burnsville Fire who himself has struggled with mental health and been on both the management, and patient side, of provider mental health.
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