Award will help fire chief address PTSD in first responders

South County Fire Deputy Chief Shaughn Maxwell

South County Fire Deputy Chief Shaughn Maxwell

South County Fire Deputy Chief Shaughn Maxwell has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the International Association of Fire Chiefs Foundation.

He is one of 46 scholarship recipients selected from across the country. Maxwell is pursuing a master’s degree in human factors psychology. He said he plans to use what he learns to help firefighters and paramedics perform at high levels on emergency calls and to help reduce post-traumatic stress syndrome in first responders.

Maxwell leads South County Fire’s emergency medical services division. He serves on state and federal committees developing national performance metrics and clinical standards. He has twice been named one of the top 10 EMS innovators in the nation by the Journal of Emergency Medical Services. He also received the national Excellence in EMS award from the Congressional Fire Service Institute.

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