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Lives in:
Chicago Fire Department
Battalion Chief
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Coordinated fire attack, safety on the fire scene, Fighting high-rise fires effectively, Behavioral Health
Professional Qualifications:
BA in Fire Science management, BA in Psychology, certified alcohol and drug counselor, certified employee assistance professional (EAP), certified ARISE interventionist (CAI)
Topics you provide training for:
Stress, PTSD, Suicide, Addiction, and Peer Support
Areas of expertise:
Substance use/abuse including the treatment and recovery from it. Suicide awareness. High-Rise Incident Command
Dan is a 27-year firefighter with the Chicago Fire Department who has served as an officer for 20 years. Dan presently holds the rank of Battalion Chief/EMT. He also served as the Coordinator of the Chicago Firefighters’ Union Local 2's Employee Assistance Program for 14 years.

Dan is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP), a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC), a Certified Labor Assistance Professional (LAP/C), a Certified ARISE Interventionist (CAI), and holds advanced training in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). Dan operated in the capacity of peer supporter in New York after the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001, and in Chicago following the E-2 nightclub disaster. Dan has been a member of the International Association of Firefighters Labor/EAP committee since 2002.

Dan holds degrees from two universities; A Bachelor of Science in Fire Science Management from Southern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Wabash College. Previously, Dan worked six years as a counselor at a private hospital, where his experience included individual, group, and family therapy for adolescents and adults in the area of addictions and behavior management.

Dan has received several awards throughout his career. One that he is most proud of is the 2009 “Illinois Firefighter of the year” award he received from the Illinois VFW.
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Stress Fact Sheet

Stressors can affect us physiologically, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.  Understanding how stressors affect us physically can be difficult until you understand the signs.  Take a look at the Stress Fact sheet and see how your body is responding to stressors and what you can do to address the bodies Stress Response.…


Posted on November 23, 2016 at 4:55pm

A personal discovery about stress and cortisol

By Dan DeGryse

Sometimes it takes an issue hitting close to home to drive change.

That was the case with me a few years ago when I started researching the stress hormone cortisol and its effects on the body. Our bodies release adrenaline and cortisol when they’re stressed and in fight-or-flight mode, which firefighters experience regularly on runs or anytime the bell…


Posted on June 9, 2016 at 1:41pm

Injuries, the job and addiction

Think about your first day on the job as a firefighter.

You’re in your 20s, and maybe you play football or baseball on top of working out three to five days a week. The soreness you felt from wearing the gear and lugging around ladders and hoses all day was a good soreness. Now fast-forward 15 or 25 years into your career, and think about how you feel when you get up in the morning. Do aches and pains slow your ability…


Posted on June 9, 2016 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

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