This weeks guest is Jake Hastings. Who is he? He is a man who has been on the front lines of human health with a diverse background in firefighting, EMS Care, and incident management. His adventures and jobs have carried him to 27 countries around the world. He served in the United States Air Force as a medic and mental health technician where he worked in clinics and hospitals with various military branches. After the military, Jake worked as a ski patroller in Mt. Hood Oregon, and a search and rescue park ranger for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. He eventually joined Clackamas Fire District #1 near Portland, OR and served 6 years as a Firefighter/ Engineer. Jake then joined the Oregon State Fire Marshal’s Incident Management Team as a Public Information Officer and traveled the Pacific Northwest helping to manage large incident wildfires. Jake has worked in some large scale disaster incidents such as the Joplin Missouri Tornado in 2011, and the Riverside Fire in Clackamas County Oregon in 2020.
Jake now teaches Emergency Medicine in Montana and also hosts wellness retreats part time. He is passionate about continuing to help others and advocates for mental health care amongst the first responder community. We discuss the reality of being a first responder, the trials that come along with the jobs and how we are working to live a more grounded and authentic life.