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Below is our website collection of all Chief’s Corner articles submitted by Sam DiGiovanna.

Sam DiGiovanna is a 35-year fire service veteran. He started with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, served as Fire Chief at the Monrovia Fire Department and currently serves as Chief at the Verdugo Fire Academy in Glendale. He also is a consultant for www.Cordico.com

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Mental health and heart health

Mental health and heart health

By Chief Sam DiGiovanna With so many First Responders dealing with mental health issues, it’s no secret that mental health has a direct impact on a person’s heart. Add in the fact that heart disease is a top killer among firefighters. I found this article from the...

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Tailboard or tailgate: Where will you be Superbowl Sunday?

Tailboard or tailgate: Where will you be Superbowl Sunday?

By Chief Sam DiGiovanna Whether on duty or off duty, you have an assignment of “Safety Officer” this Superbowl Sunday. And there’s plenty of reasons why! Did you know that Super Bowl Sunday ranks second, only behind Thanksgiving, for the most food consumption in one...

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Do you have what it takes to be a Super Bowl Champion?

Do you have what it takes to be a Super Bowl Champion?

By Chief Sam DiGiovanna It is Super Bowl time. I often wonder what it takes to get into the Super Bowl. One characteristic that great football players share: They aren’t afraid to fail. Fear of failure is a common issue in sports psychology, but it’s something that...

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Human trafficking: What firefighters should watch for

Human trafficking: What firefighters should watch for

By Chief Sam DiGiovanna Understand the different types of trafficking, the visual and behavioral cues to watch for, and what actions to take if you suspect trafficking I read this article in Fire Rescue1 authored by Lisa Rymshaw. Since January is Human Trafficking...

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Carbon monoxide poisoning goes up as temps come down

Carbon monoxide poisoning goes up as temps come down

By Chief Sam DiGiovanna Editor’ Note: Below is from the International Association of Fire Chiefs on carbon monoxide poisoning. This is a good time to launch a prevention program in your community. Carbon Monoxide (CO) also known as the “Silent Killer,” is invisible,...

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For the health of it: January is Mental Wellness Month

For the health of it: January is Mental Wellness Month

By Chief Sam DiGiovanna It’s that time of year when everyone is thinking about New Year’s resolutions. The most common is to lose weight, exercise more, get organized, promoted at work, or learn a new skill or hobby. Other common resolutions focus on family, travel,...

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Constantly catastrophizing!

Constantly catastrophizing!

By Chief Sam DiGiovanna In her 1969 autobiography, poet Maya Angelou wrote about how she was “Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.” As first responders, we often hope for the best while planning for the worst. When we do...

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When the bell rings at midnight

When the bell rings at midnight

New Year’s Eve is always a special night—we gather with family and friends, and sometimes hit the town—to ring in the new year. But it’s not all fun and games. Safety is a must when participating in the festivities. Following are a few safety tips you can relate to...

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