Dr. David Griffin is a Battalion Chief and Deputy Director of Training in Charleston, South Carolina. He was the operator of the first due engine on June 18, 2007 when nine of his fellow firefighters perished in the line of duty. He has a Bachelor of Science in education from The Citadel, a Master of Science in executive fire service leadership, and a Doctorate of Education in organizational leadership and development. He is the author of the Best Seller, In Honor of The Charleston 9: A Study of Change Following Tragedy, ACTION: 9 Missions for Personal and Professional Growth, and From PTSD to PTG: A Firefighter’s (My) Journey After A Multiple LODD Incident, and Tattoos and Trauma: The Healing Power of Tattoos for Emergency Responders. David is also an international speaker and instructor, a certified Chief Fire Officer and Chief Training Officer with The Center for Public Safety Excellence, a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at The National Fire Academy, and owner of On A Mission, LLC at drdavidgriffin.com.
Written to help educate others how tattoos can assist emergency responders in healing from traumatic incidents, traumatic careers, or traumatic life experiences. Examples from military personnel, firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical service personnel are presented. Over 87% of the 148 participants had the opinion that tattoos help individuals heal after traumatic experiences.
On June 18, 2007, nine firefighters perished in one of the deadliest incidents for firefighters since 9/11. This tragedy led to extensive change in the global landscape of emergency services. Dr. David Griffin, the engineer of the 1st due engine, studies how organizational processes and employee behaviors changed in the aftermath. This is a scientific study, not a story. It will save lives.