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Matt Askea

I am a Captain for the Akron Fire Department and am currently assigned to Ladder 8, which is located on the east side of the city . I am currently the clinical coordinator for the OAPFF Peer Team.

Prior to my employment with Akron Fire, I worked as a Counselor/Social Worker at a large mental health agency in Akron. I have an Associate’s Degree in Fire Protection, a Bachelor’s in Psychology, and a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling (all from The University of Akron). GO ZIPS!!! I am also a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Ohio.

This line of work is extremely rewarding, but it can also take a toll on one's mental health. Repeated trauma exposure, sleep deprivation, and dealing with life and death scenes have been shown to increase certain mental health diagnosis in firefighters. However, with education, self care, support, and treatment, these challenges can all be managed effectively!

I have served on the Summit County CISM Team and am also one of the team coordinators for the Akron Fire Department Peer Support Team. I enjoy running, physical fitness, camping, boating, and spending time with my family. I have been married to my wife for 22 years and am the father of a 20-year-old daughter. Please feel free to call me at any time!