Marion County Fire Rescue has appointed a Chief of Department Health and Safety who will focus on all aspects of employee health and safety, including their physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
Marion County Fire Chief James Banta announced earlier today that Battalion Chief Alex Caban will assume duties as the Chief of Department Health and Safety within MCFR’s Training division, effective on June 3, 2023.
As the current director of the Peer Support program, Caban has been tasked with developing a Peer Support policy for Marion County Fire Rescue that follows the Behavioral Health Access Program.
According to MCFR, Caban’s duties in the new role will include liaising with mental health clinicians, strengthening the Peer Support program, and ensuring that employee health and safety are the program’s top priority.
“I selected Chief Caban for this crucial role as he has spent over four years developing our mental wellness programs, with the primary focus being on our employees in crisis,” stated Fire Chief Banta. “As we continue raising mental health awareness, I look forward to Chief Caban’s continued dedication to developing a program that will be emulated by other fire departments.”