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While EMS is uniquely rewarding, it is also uniquely challenging, with physical, mental and emotional impacts. During the inaugural First Responder Wellness Week, join us for a special Inside EMS podcast. Hosted by dynamic duo, Chris Cebollero and Kelly Grayson, Inside EMS has been delivering industry news, trending topics and hot takes on everything EMS for 10 years.

In this edition, our cohosts, joined by EMS One-Stop podcast host Rob Lawrence, welcome Global Medical Response’s Ed Racht, MD; and Rhonda Kelly, who manage one of, if not the biggest EMS wellness programs in existence. Join us to learn how wellness programs are essential to creating resilient responders, and what’s working to support members’ health, emotional wellness and coping strategies for career longevity.


Great ideas and options to assist providers when they need help and to encourage them to ask for help.

Good practical ideas to implement.

It was very informative on information that we as an industry are using to move ahead with responder wellness.


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Chris Cebollero is a nationally recognized Emergency Medical Services leader, best selling author, and advocate. Chris is a member of the Forbes Coaching Council and available for speaking, coaching and mentoring. Currently Chris is the president/CEO for Cebollero & Associates, a medical consulting firm, assisting organizations in meeting the challenges of tomorrow. Cebollero is a member of the EMS1 Editorial Advisory Board. Follow Chris on Twitter @ChiefofEMS and on Facebook.

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Kelly Grayson is a critical care paramedic in Louisiana. He has spent the past 28 years as a field paramedic, critical care transport paramedic, field supervisor and educator. He is the past president of the Louisiana Society of EMS Educators and a past board member of the Louisiana Association of Nationally Registered EMTs. He has an Associate of General Studies degree from Louisiana State University at Eunice, Nunez Community College. Kelly has been recognized as the 2016 Louisiana Paramedic of the Year, 2002 Louisiana EMS Instructor of the Year and 2002 Louisiana AHA Regional Faculty of the Year, and with the 2012 Maggie Award for Best Regularly Featured Web Column/Trade and the 2014 Folio Eddie Award for Best Online Column.

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Rob Lawrence has been a leader in civilian and military EMS for over a quarter of a century. He serves as director of strategic implementation of PRO EMS Cambridge, as executive director of the California Ambulance Association and as principal of Robert Lawrence Consulting. Rob previously served as the COO of Paramedics Plus in Alameda County, California; and as COO of the Richmond Ambulance Authority (Virginia). He writes and podcasts at EMS1, is a member of the EMS1 Editorial Advisory Board, and co-hosts the popular FirstWatch “Conversations that Matters” web series. He is a former board member of the American Ambulance Association and currently serves as chair of its Communications Committee.



Dr. Ed Racht has been involved in EMS and healthcare systems for more than 30 years. He currently serves as Chair of the Texas EMS, Trauma and Acute Care Foundation. Dr. Racht has been chief medical officer for American Medical Response (AMR) since 2010. Prior to this role, he served as the Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical Affairs for Piedmont Newnan Hospital in metro Atlanta. He was the first full-time medical director for Austin/Travis County EMS. He received his undergraduate and medical degree from Emory University in Atlanta and completed his residency at the Medical College of Virginia. He has been recognized as the EMS Medical Director of the Year for the State of Texas, the AHA’s Paul Ledbetter MD Physician Volunteer of the Year and a Hero of Emergency Medicine named by the American College of Emergency Physicians.


Rhonda Kelly is the national director of health, wellness and resilience at Global Medical Response in Denver, Colorado. She also serves as the executive director at the All Clear Foundation, a non-profit supporting first responders, and is the founder and CEO of ResponderStrong, which works across law enforcement, fire, EMS and dispatch to improve mental health support for responders and their families. She was a firefighter and paramedic with Aurora Fire in Colorado for 17 years, while working part-time as an emergency room and psychiatric ER nurse.

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