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David Ebel
  • 71, Male
  • Escondido, California
  • United States
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Major David Ebel, Chaplain

Profile Information

Lives in:
Escondido, California
Bakersfield City Fire Department and Kern County Fire Department
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Professional Qualifications:
25 years as a Fire Chaplain, Approved Instructor (Trained Trainer) in CISM, NIMS and an active part of most CISM teams in the area
Topics you provide training for:
Critical Incident Stress Management, NIMS
Areas of expertise:
Managing and motivating groups of people, skilled at moderating groups through difficult situations. PIO,
Served as a minister for about 35 years, served as Chaplain about 25 years, Founded and managed a 24 hour crisis hotline in inner city Detroit for over 3 years, Served for 2 1/2 years as Assistant Staff Chaplain at Cook County Jail in Chicago, Trained in several levels of Critical Incident Stress Management disaster counseling and as a (Approved Instructor (Trained Trainer), too. In traveling the country for 12 years and even traveling beyond, I have seen so many that are out there "taking care of business" but have not had someone at home to then help them manage the trauma that was experienced. "Suck it up" is not an acceptable way to manage trauma and traumatic events. Sharing with others who do understand what you feel because they have been there before you allows for every responder to have somewhere to go to vent, debrief and sort out what we feel from what we have done.

I am the founding chairman of the Kern County VOAD, Inc. which is coordinating all disaster related groups to create a cooperative and profession community response by sharing resources and leadership to pre plan for disasters and then do post disaster response helping those recovering to be cared for appropriately.

My trainings include:

Fire fighter 1 & 2,
CISM Individual Support
CISM Group
CISM Advanced
CISM Emotional and Spiritual Care
CISM Grief Following Trauma
CISM Pastoral Crisis Intervention
Trained Trainer in CISM Individual Support
Trained Trainer in CISM Group
Trained Trainer in CISM Emotional and Spiritual Care
Trained Trainer in Grief Following Trauma
Grief, Trauma and Loss (advanced class by Dr. H.Norman Wright)
NIMS Trained Trainer 100,200, 300,400 and 700

Founded an Amatuer Radio SATERN (Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network) as disaster radio communications
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David Ebel's Blog

Serving Inside out instead of Serving outside looking in....

Having been a Fire Chaplain for over 25 years has made me love fire service so much more than I did when I got started. Starting out at a volunteer/partially paid department and learning on the job really did a number on my initial confidence. that I kept asking myself " why do these guys spend double or triple what they make to be on call for extreme times and have to work a job with this commitment to even be here?"

It all started when I was a new mission pastor in town and was… Continue

Posted on August 9, 2008 at 2:48am

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At 6:44pm on November 6, 2009, Christian Cossey said…
How's it going?
At 1:15pm on January 3, 2009, le neouanic laurent said…

hello my name is laurent so french paramedic fire figther,i search for trade uniform's and helmet's for my collection ,thank's for your reponse my blog :
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happy new year for you and your family ,so long .laurent
At 3:34pm on October 16, 2008, Tonia Jacob said…
At 3:54pm on August 23, 2008, Patrick Davis said…
Thank you for adding me as a friend. Type at you later.
Thank you for the years you have served the Lord as Chaplain
At 2:27am on June 15, 2008, YANG GUOHONG said…
Hi David, thanks for ur message. May I call YOU David? Rank is nothing besides we got different system. we got the same job to rescue people. So, it is a no rank mission in my view.
Well, so far, regarding the SICHUAN earthquake operation, totally more than 8700 trapped or buried people were rescued by our firefighters, and among them 1701 are alive. Besides, the army and other emergency service did an excellent job there. I am drafting an article regarding our responding action for the FIRE ENGINEERING. will let YOU know as soon as I can.
take care.
At 10:12am on June 2, 2008, bill noonan said…
thanks for everything you do...BILL
At 11:57am on May 30, 2008, alex acosta said…
thank you for your invitation major david and read about their activities as a chaplain and instructor of its fire department let me introduce myself am the fireman paid alex acosta of Benemérita fire brigade guayaquil ecuador waiting for me to comment on the activities of his department his friend alex
At 9:47pm on May 26, 2008, YANG GUOHONG said…
Thanks Major David for ur invitation. will join it definitely .
At 6:20pm on May 24, 2008, John Schoffstall said…
hey, thanks for the add!!
At 12:11pm on May 19, 2008, Andy Fossum said…
Thanks for the invite and welcome.

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