It should be no surprise that emergency responders continue to step-up to keep our communities safe even through increasingly challenging events. Wildfires. Monster storms. Protests and pandemics. We get the job done.
At the last major conference at which I spoke, I was able to deliver a keynote presentation that I am not only proud of, I believe captures the very ESSENCE of emergency services more now than it did when I first gave it.
The keynote itself is only about 20 minutes long, even though it took a year to write. I still look back on it occasionally to remind myself why I’m here, and why it is important for us to keep doing what we’re doing, despite the difficulties.
If you get a chance to take a look, I hope it means something to you too.
In the meantime, stay strong, stay safe, take care of yourself, but know that you’re not alone.
-Rommie L. Duckworth