Matthew Fiorenza

Firefighter, Paramedic

Matthew Fiorenza has proudly served as a firefighter/paramedic for the city of Anaheim in Orange County, Calif. for 19 years.  After ten years on the job, working on the busiest units in the city, Matt began to experience some of the negative effects that the job can encompass. He received an on-the-job injury that required surgery, experienced multiple critical incidence stressors, had extended time away from his family, and eventually faced a divorce. Matt ultimately found himself in a deep depression with no escape hatch. Thoughts of suicide, a struggle with alcohol use and depression consumed his life until he reached out for help. Matts journey of healing has put him on an incredible path of hope and resilience. Through his trials and recovery, he has found a passion for sharing his story and encouraging others. He speaks all over the county and has been a Keynote Speaker at PSPSA in San Diego, IPSA in Arizona and Fire House World.  Today he is a mentor for men in 12-step programs, he volunteers as a Shepard for Save A Warrior program, and he is an outreach specialist for First Responder Wellness by Simple Recovery  , a substance abuse and co-occurring mental health treatment program in Southern California tailored for those in safety-sensitive positions. With the team at Simple Recovery, he has started a weekly support group to give first responders a safe place to share their experiences and strengths and to find hope and healing that has spread to 8 other locations in the state of California. Matt is an adjunct professor at Santa Ana College and teaches resiliency and mental health to the basic fire academy and other departments that have contracts with the college. Matt is a trusted member of Anaheim Fire & Rescues Peer support team, represents Anahiem Fire & Rescue as a board member at the Orange County Family Justice Center, and is a husband, a father and a healthy brother in service.