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Episodes

Episode 232: Episode 8-14 – Nic Higgins & Chief Tom Marchiano – The New Firehouse Tribune

2/16/2024
If you’re a firefighter and you have been on social media oh, let’s say some time around 2011, you could not help but notice the frequent posts from The Firehouse Tribune. Then, it was a couple of firefighters posting some key ideas, facts, tactics, health, etc. Recently, Nic, the founder and editor of The Firehouse Tribune has raised the level the “Tribune.” It began with Nic writing his first book, “The 5-Tool Firefighter.” Then, he authored a workbook to accompany the “5-Tool Firefighter, and both have been big sellers. Firefighters from all around the U.S. and a foreign country or two were buying the books and putting into their daily lives. Just a short while ago, Nic added “The 5-Tool Firefighter Podcast!” More recently, Tom connected with Chief Tom Marchiano of the Chester Fire Department, just north of NYC. Working together they have added another popular element, “Station Talk,” manned by both Chief Marchiano and Nic. Tune in and listen to these two “gentlemen firefighters” and their “why’s” and “wherefores’” behind The Firehouse Tribune!

Duration:01:31:35

Episode 231: Episode 8-13 – Chuck Moran – Online Video Mastery

2/9/2024
We all know that many fire departments across the country, both career and volunteer are struggling with retention and recruitment. And most are looking for new ways and/or tools to assist them in this endeavor. Sure, there’s advertising in the trades, posting on social media, etc., but there doesn’t appear to be any “heart” in these efforts. It may be time to try a new method, using what almost everyone has – your cell phone! A marketing communications professional with well over four decades of experience, Chuck Moran owns his own digital marketing firm in Charlottesville VA. In addition to building websites and managing social media for small and medium sized businesses, he launched Online Video Mastery to teach personnel in various organizations how to create compelling and professional videos with their smartphones, on-demand and in-house so that they can retain, recruit train and educate effectively. Chuck is currently focusing on assisting Public Safety departments. In this podcast (you will) want to watch the video on our YouTube® channel, “5-Alarm Task Force Corp.”) Chuck with present a version of his, “Revolutionizing Fire & EMS Retention & Recruitment: Harnessing the Power of Smartphone Video!” at the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association’s Fire Rescue Conference in Virginia, this month. If you have a smartphone and you want to assist your department with retention and recruitment, you will not want to miss this episode of 5-Alarm Task Force!

Duration:02:43:24

Episode 230: Episode 8-12 – Chief Brian Fennessy (Orange County CA Fire Authority & Asst. Chief (ret) Scott Jones (L.A. County Fire & Rescue – “The QRF Program”

12/14/2023
Mutual aid – fairly common in the fire service, right? Sure, there can be “stumbling blocks” in setting these arrangements up, such as personnel, different equipment, availability and even what might be seen as “silly” issues, like egos and a competition mindset. Lest we forget that our oath is succinct…”To protect the lives and property of our community. “ There is no mention of egos or equipment matches, etc., in the Oath, just “to protect!” No departments exemplify this truth as do the Orange County Fire Authority, Los Angeles County Fire & Rescue and Ventura County Fire Department. For years and years, we have watched local and national news of major wildfires in Southern California. And for years, each of these counties basically cared for their counties with help from CAL FIRE and some mutual aid. However, that all changed in 2021 when the idea of a unified approach with a Quick Response Force took hold in these three counties. The goal was to not only attack these fires as early as possible, but to also have some of the best possible equipment available and…to be able to continue the fight into the night, when fixed-winger aerial aircraft could not fly. With the assistance of world-renowned of Coulson Aviation of Vancouver, BC in Canada, the counties leased refitted former military CH-47 Chinook helicopters into masterful firefighting weapons. Each helicopter can drop up to 3,000 gallons of retardant or water in one drop. Using IR goggles, they can fly in the dark of night and hit their marks. This is a game changer. Tune in to learn how and why this came about and what it takes to make it work. And though your department may not be able to grab a Chinook helo, you might learn how your department can enhance your mutual aid pacts and why it is imperative to have them today! As the holidays are here! Please help us to help our Brothers and Sisters in dire need! Over 90% of our disbursed funds have been donated to families of firefighters who have made the Ultimate Sacrifice. Visit us at https://www.5-AlarmTaskForceCorp.org. Thank you! Photo © Coulson Aviation Inc.

Duration:02:02:05

Episode 229: Episode 8-11 – Peter Matthews – “What We Can Learn From an Uber Driver” & Retention and Recruitment for the Fire Service

11/17/2023
Almost every industry in the U.S. has its “Trades,” that is, magazines devoted to and about that industry. The U.S./Canadian fire services are no different. There are numerous periodicals for us to choose from, one of which is the one that somewhat taught me how to be a better firefighter, even though it was a brand-new periodical back in 1977, when it was first published by FDNY firefighter, Dennis Smith – FIREHOUSE® Magazine. And I’ve rarely missed an issue in those more than 45 years. My guest today is Peter Matthews, who joined the FIREHOUSE team in 1999, serving both the magazine and online endeavors. Peter travels the country (and sometimes beyond) on a regular basis, enjoying a “ride-along” whenever possible. But those aren’t just for the fun of running calls rather, he uses them as an educational exercise to learn about each department he visits. In this episode, we discuss a lesson he gained from a car-service driver who, one may think, read one of the excellent books by the late Chief Alan Brunacini. For the driver explained how easy it is to “be nice.” We also discuss two key issues many departments are facing, regarding retention of current personnel and recruiting new ones. This conundrum is being faced by all facets of the fire service, career, volunteer, part-pay and WUI. For more information, please visit www.firehouse.com As the holidays are fast approaching, please help us to help our Brothers and Sisters in dire need! Over 90% of our disbursed funds have been donated to families of firefighters who have made the Ultimate Sacrifice. Visit us at https://www.5-AlarmTaskForceCorp.org. Thank you! Photo © and Courtesy of FIREHOUSE®

Duration:02:09:54

Episode 228: Episode 8-10 – Gamaliel Baer, PhD – The Need for Diversity of Mind, Body & Soul in the Fire Service

11/8/2023
The American career Fire Service has often used basic testing and an interview of two when seeking new hires. And that may have served the need, “back in the day.” However, now into the third decade of the 21st Century, we should and need to create a new construct. Moreover, if we wish to remember that retention of current members should come before recruitment, we need a new paradigm to succeed for tomorrow! Our returning guest, Dr. Gamaliel Baer, who holds an Ed.D. from the University of Southern California in Organizational Change and Leadership, provides us with a better, more inclusive and “whole person” perspective on improving our efforts to both retain current members and be successful with recruitment as well. Dr. Baer explains that the concepts of DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) should be expanded to include the mind, body and soul. Determining whether or not a recruit is a “good fit” for the department simply based on a basic civil test and a clear police record does not provide that department with all the values that a recruit brings to the table. We should also look at the person’s mind, body and soul. Unlike the period from the early 1900’s through the late 1980’s, when the male children of firefighters often followed in their fathers’ line of work. (Except for many terrific children who lost family members in the tragedy of 9|11). Today, that is not as common and thus, we must make stronger efforts to bring in the men and women to join our ranks. And Dr. Baer posits that a better and more complete look at our recruits could very well brings us excellent candidates who “hear the calling” and want to serve their communities. To read Dr. Baer’s essay on this topic, please visit: https://drgamalielbaer.substack.com/p/dei-in-the-fire-service Please help us to help our Brothers and Sisters in dire need! Over 90% of our disbursed funds have been donated to families of firefighters who have made the Ultimate Sacrifice. Visit us at https://www.5-AlarmTaskForceCorp.org. Thank you! Photo (C) & Courtesy of Montgomery County Fire Rescue/Flickr

Duration:01:57:15

Episode 227: Episode 8-9 – Nick Peppard & Sean Duffy – “Make Due” 3 Years Later

11/5/2023
We have all seen videos on the news or on social media of big-city fire departments doing their “thing.” Lots of apparatus and a large contingent of firefighters and support staff. It is often an amazing site and sometimes, we might get a little jealous. However, the majority of American firefighters are not in the big urban areas. Most of us serve suburban areas with mixed usage, residential, commercial, manufacturing, etc. My two guests on this episode are Nick Peppard and Sean Duffy. Both served a number of years in Florida, but have since moved north, with one to Michigan and the other to Wisconsin. Back in 2019 though, after each had been on “5-Alarm Task Force” as a guest, they came up with an idea for a podcast, “Make Due!” Their goal was to address the issues that suburban departments often face regarding limited equipment, personnel and high call volumes. Their podcast is almost three years old with plenty of guests and lots of listeners. Why? Because their podcast is about who we are and what we do. Sometimes they discuss tactics. Another topic might be personnel or apparatus issues. And on another, they may simply “shoot the breeze” over the proverbial firehouse kitchen table. Either way, this is a podcast you will want to follow and listen to. Two well-experienced firefighters discussing what they love most, after their families. Moreover, they live by the motto, “Families First! Find “Make Due” on all major podcast platforms! To learn more about the North FL Fire Expo, visit, www.northfloridafireexpo.com Please help us to help our Brothers and Sisters in dire need! Over 90% of our disbursed funds have been donated to families of firefighters who have made the Ultimate Sacrifice. Visit us at https://www.5-AlarmTaskForceCorp.org. Thank you!

Duration:01:47:40

Episode 226: Episode 8-8 - Capt Mike Daley - FIREHOUSE Expo & Fireground Survivability

10/25/2023
Every profession has standouts. These are the men and women who always strive to do their best for their profession, often going beyond the average levels and striving to always be prepared and ready to bring their “A-Game!” My guest on this episode of “5-Alarm Task Force!” Capt. Mike Daley is, in my eyes, a consummate firefighter. If I included his bio in these show notes, you would see multiple pages! I will share that he is a nearly 30-year veteran of the fire service and an excellent instructor with the aim to see his students, no matter their time in the Fire Service, learn and exceed the “base” level of being a firefighter. He teaches to create well-learned and highly capable firefighters. In this episode, Capt. Daley reviews his very successful classes that he recently taught at the 2023 FIREHOUSE® Expo in Columbus OH. One class was so large that he and the students had to move to a larger room in the facility. Not unexpectedly, he received numerous kudos from the firefighters and officers who attended. We also discuss what he calls, “Fireground Strategies: Survivability, Suppression and Stabilization. What does he mean with these terms? Tune in and listen. Whether you are a career, volunteer or paid-on-call firefighter, you will learn from Capt. Daley in this episode. And you will be a smarter and safer firefighter. You can email Capt. Daley at either www.KilltheFlashover.com or email him at fspceducators@gmail.com. Please help us to help our Brothers and Sisters in dire need! Over 90% of our disbursed funds have been donated to families of firefighters who have made the Ultimate Sacrifice. Visit us at https://www.5-AlarmTaskForceCorp.org. Thank you! Photo by Dalas Penner on Unsplash

Duration:01:53:51

Episode 225: Episode 8-7 – Kory Pearn – CRACKYL Magazine

10/12/2023
We often refer to the “trades,” the publications of fire service, for learning tactics, theories, seeing new equipment and new developments in apparatus. However, there is more to what we do than simply, “How to…” More importantly, to do this job, we must have a strong idea of self, i.e., “Who am I?,” “How do I do this job and be there for my family?" “I’ve seen so much tragedy, how do I deal with it without looking weak?” and much more. Thankfully, over the last five-six years, we have seen the launch of two major developments, initially in the U.S. Fire Service and subsequently, in other countries as well, the Firefighter Cancer and the Behavioral Health Initiatives. Both are making differences. And there’s always more to learn. My guest on this episode is Capt. Kory Pearn, a 20-year veteran firefighter in Ontario Canada. He is also the Editor-in-Chief and CEO of CRACKYL Media, Inc., publisher of CRACKYL Magazine. Launched in 2021, CRACKYL brings a different “face” to the trades, with most of it focus on our lifestyle and the human side of being a firefighter. Many articles in each issue deal with the human side of being in this field. How to balance what we do as firefighters and how to help us to see our time out of the firehouse to be just as important and vital as what we do in it. If you are in the fire service as a career, volunteer, etc., we need to know how do our jobs however and, more importantly, we need to know how to have a positive view of ourselves as regular people, with families, friends and our communities. CRACKYL does that in each issue. Visit their website at www.crackylmag.com and/or follow them on social media @crackylmag. Please help us to help our Brothers and Sisters in dire need! Over 90% of our disbursed funds have been donated to families of firefighters who have made the Ultimate Sacrifice. Visit us at https://www.5-AlarmTaskForceCorp.org. Thank you!

Duration:01:50:19

Episode 224: Episode 8-6 – Andi Clark – 1st Responder Physical & Behavioral Health

10/6/2023
My guest on this podcast is Andi Clark. She is a certified Sleep, Stress and Resilience coach with over 30 years in the health and wellness industry. She specializes in teaching First Responders how to enhance their sleep quality, regardless of their shift schedule and boost their HRV, which is the body’s ability to handle stress. Learn from Andi on this podcast. For more information on Andi and her links, please email us at info@5-AlarmTaskForceCorp. org and we will email you all her links directly to you! Please help us to help our Brothers and Sisters in dire need! Over 90% of our disbursed funds have been donated to families of firefighters who have made the Ultimate Sacrifice. Visit us at https://www.5-AlarmTaskForceCorp.org. Thank you!

Duration:01:55:20

Episode 223: Episode 8-5 – Jim Burneka – Where Are We Today With PFAS?

9/28/2023
Difficult to believe that the Firefighter Cancer Initiative is about six years old. A strong part of the credit goes to our Brothers and Sisters with the Boston Fire Department. Without their moving video, we may not have crossed into where we are today for a year or two later. Then, only about 1-1/2 years later, we hear about chemicals that are man-made, came out in the 1950’s and that the vast majority of us never heard of before: PFAS. Developed my two major chemical companies in the 1950’s they never break down in nature, nor does heat affect it. And yes, it is a carcinogen. And, it has been in our bunker gear since at least 1977 according to the nuclear testing of both new and used gear by Graham Peaslee, PhD at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. However, we might never have heard of it or learned that it was in our bunker gear if it were not for Diane and Paul Cotter. In my opinion, every firefighter should be grateful for everything they did to bring this to the masses. My guest on this episode is Jim Burneka. Jim is a recently retired firefighter from Dayton OH. Jim was podcasting about PFAS as I was just learning about it. We both posted our thoughts on social media and it was inevitable that we would finally have to talk with other. And through emails and social media postings, we did. And I was honored when he accepted my initial invitation to be on “5-Alarm Task Force.” And I learned a lot more from Jim that day! On this episode, we discuss the changes that we’ve seen in the last few years. There’s smart decon, shower-within-an-hour, in-house extractor and much more. However, that progress does not mean that we are “in the clear.” Listen to what Jim has to say to learn about our advances and remaining hurdles that we must still face. Please help us to help our Brothers and Sisters in dire need! Over 90% of our disbursed funds have been donated to families of firefighters who have made the Ultimate Sacrifice. Visit us at https://www.5-AlarmTaskForceCorp.org. Thank you!

Duration:02:00:14

Episode 222: Episode 8-4 - Danny Beauvais - "Student of the Game"

9/20/2023
What type of firefighter are you? No, I’m not talking about engine, truck or rescue companies! How dedicated are you to what we do? Do you do/study/learn only what you are required to or are you a “student of the game?” Our guest on this episode is Danny Beauvais who serves with the Mooresville Fire Department in North Carolina. However, he started as a volunteer in 2003 in the Spring Valley NY area. When his family relocated from New York to North Carolina, Danny was quick to join another volunteer department. Then, when Mooresville was hiring, he applied and made the team. As you listen to our interview, you will learn that Danny takes what we do very seriously. He is a firefighter who always wants to see the best, in both his skills and his workplace. He does not stop learning! He learns and then shares. Knowing this, a number of other firefighters convinced him to create a podcast to share his views and thoughts about being the best we can me. You can find him on all the major podcast platforms as “Student of the Game.” And you can find him on Instagram @NEG_MARRON85 Please remember – the day we stop learning is the day we walk out the door. This “job” changes all the time, sometimes in minutes, hours and/or days! We cannot afford not to keep learning, because the price is too high if we miss something or even, mess-up! Always be a “Student of the Game!” Please help us to help our Brothers and Sisters in dire need! Over 90% of our disbursed funds have been donated to families of firefighters who have made the Ultimate Sacrifice. Visit us at https://www.5-AlarmTaskForceCorp.org. Thank you! photo courtesy Unsplash

Duration:01:56:50

Episode 221: Episode 8-3 - Capt. Dustin Lambert, PhD - "Driving Under the Influence of Dispatch!"

9/6/2023
You are sound asleep. You’ve had a busy day with lots of runs. Add the training that was squeezed in and you’re exhausted. You lie down on your bunk and you’re “out like a light!” Seconds later, the horn blares and all the lights turn on! You jump up with a start, put on your gear and head to the apparatus floor. As you make your way there the PA adds, “Confirmed working residential working fire. Two adults, two children with one unaccounted for!” And yes, you are the driver of the first engine heading to the scene. Whether you are a rookie or you are the senior firefighter, those last words raise the hairs on the back of your neck! Without us even thinking about it, those last words spur us on. We know what we have to do and the first task is to get to the scene as quickly and SAFELY as possible. But with our hearts beating fast and our concentration focused on the destination, are we driving with the due care that a vehicle of this size and weight demands? Or do we let our heart drive the rig and not our professional “mind?” Our guest on this podcast, Capt. Dustin Lambert, PhD, has not only studied these factors for 20 years, but he also wrote his dissertation about it. When we allow our emotions to lead us on certain calls, we may not be driving the apparatus with due care. Listen as Capt. Lambert shares results of his research that, for some of us, we do not want to hear. However, we must remember that no matter the call, if we do not arrive and return to our firehouse safely, there could be troubles afoot. You can reach Capt. Lambert at DustyLambert@gmail.com and find him on both X (Twitter) and Instagram @firefighterwisdom. Please help us to help our Brothers and Sisters in dire need! Over 90% of our disbursed funds have been donated to families of firefighters who have made the Ultimate Sacrifice. Visit us at https://www.5-AlarmTaskForceCorp.org. Thank you!

Duration:02:08:55

Episode 220: Episode 8-2 - Chief (ret) Charles Werner - "DroneResponders and More Tech!"

8/31/2023
There is an old adage in the fire service that what firefighters hate the most are “status quo” and “change!” Doesn’t leave much wiggle room, does it? Nevertheless, our guest on this episode of “5-Alarm Task Force!” Chief (ret) Charles Werner has become a specialist in new and helpful tech developments that support and enhance the efforts of the three main branches of public safety, Fire-Rescue, Lawn Enforcement and EMS. In this episode, Chief Werner shares with us the explosive growth of the use of what we will refer to as “professional” drones. These are not the little toy drones of a decade or more ago; these are state-of-the-art drones that are being used to spot fires, victims, deliver medications, reconnaissance and much more. The organization now boasts more than 8,100 members in the U.S., Canada and numerous countries around the world. Drones can often go where humans cannot and that can mean the difference between life and death. We also discuss the importance and capabilities of the FirstNet communication system from AT&T. This system allows you to use your cell phone to connect you to your department’s radio systems, talk groups, etc. And we talk about the emerging tech that will be able to see the three coordinates of someone, be it a civilian, firefighter or police officer in a multi-story building with the X-coordinate, Y-coordinate and the Z-coordinate. Rescuers or even a robot can then locate and find a victim and remover him/her as necessary. If you would like more information, please visit the website, www.DRONERESPONDERS.org. Please help us to help our Brothers and Sisters in dire need! Over 90% of our disbursed funds have been donated to families of firefighters who have made the Ultimate Sacrifice. Visit us at https://www.5-AlarmTaskForceCorp.org. Thank you!

Duration:01:48:42

Episode 219: Episode 8-1 – Mynda Ohs, PhD – “Fully Involved Life” & “When the Calls Stop”

8/11/2023
It is no secret that behavioral health has become an important topic, not just in the fire service, but for all arms of first responders. We are losing far too many of our Brothers and Sisters to their own hands, and we cannot help but wonder why! If you are a first responder, no one has to tell you how difficult, dangerous and rewarding these jobs can be. Nevertheless, they still exact a heavy toll, even on those who refuse to admit it. We see crap that we would not want any civilian to see, yet we often see it daily. And whether you are honest enough to admit it or not, they do affect us. My guest, Dr. Mynda Ohs was herself a first responder until she contracted a serious disease from a patient. After an extensive recuperation, she tried to return to her EMS work, but did not have the physical ability to do so. Turning the proverbial “lemon into lemonade,” she went back to school and earned her PhD in counseling. Today, she works with a number of agencies as a counselor for first responders. And she has published two books: 1. “Fully Involved Life” (2019) - https://a.co/d/1J33DuC 2. “When the Calls Stop” (2021) - https://a.co/d/jfJ1OKX Look, we have a lot to deal with. Sometimes, we can just talk it out with each other. But each of us has to be aware that we might just need some extra help to get past that which is bothering us. Every first responder wants to give of himself/herself to the community and people they serve. And we also have to be smart and brave enough to know when we need help. We are listening. Please help us to help our Brothers and Sisters in dire need! Over 90% of our disbursed funds have been donated to families of firefighters who have made the Ultimate Sacrifice. Visit us at https://www.5-AlarmTaskForceCorp.org. Thank you!

Duration:01:56:04

Episode 218: Episode 7-19 – Diane Cotter – The State of the PFAS Battle Today

6/24/2023
If you are a firefighter, career, volunteer, paid-on-call, WUI, etc., and you do not know anything about PFAS/PFOS, you are woefully behind in your firefighting education. I know, because I did not know about it either until 2017 when I was referred to my guest on this episode. Diane Cotter’s husband, Paul, had just been promoted to Lieutenant in the Worcester MA Fire Dept., in 2014, when he was diagnosed with aggressive testicular cancer. Thanks to surgery and treatment, Paul is well today but that illness, surgery and treatment forced him to “disable out.” I know what it’s like to lose that day-to-day connection with your colleagues and friends. But there is more to Paul’s and Diane’s story. Diane is a warrior or, as I say in the interview, her “Mama Bear” instincts kicked in. She wanted to know how this happened. She persevered and was instrumental in the disclosure that our bunker gear was being manufactured containing a man-made chemical as a part of the moisture barrier, but that is also a carcinogen. We urge you to listen to their story. The job we do is dangerous enough, we do not need to worry that the very gear we wear to protect ourselves contains a carcinogenic chemical that can lead to aggressive cancers. For additional information, please visit: 1. https://www.lastcallfoundation.org 2. https://ewg.org 3. https://etherealfilms.org/ While this is the last episode of Season 7 of “5-Alarm Task Force,” we will continue our efforts to financially assist our Brothers and Sisters and/or their families, in dire need. And to do so, we need your help! We will return in August with Season 8 of “5-Alarm Task Force!” Until then, have a safe and enjoyable summer! PLEASE…help us help our Brothers and Sisters and/or their families in dire need, please visit our website at https://www.5-AlarmTaskForceCorp.org. You can view our videos on our YouTube® channel, 5-Alarm Task Force Corp. or you can listen to our audio podcast on all major podcast platforms, on Podomatic or our website, noted above.

Duration:01:58:00

Episode 217: Episode 7-18 – Dr. Alberto Caban-Martinez & Dr. Natasha Schaefer Solle – The Firefighter Cancer Initiative

6/13/2023
We are honored to welcome back our guests for this podcast, Dr. Caban-Martinez and Dr. Schaefer Solle, who head up the FCI in Florida and share their findings with medical and research teams across the country and in other countries, as well. They have been with us on several occasions and provide us with the latest information on our efforts to reduce cancer in the fire service. In this episode, they bring us up to date with the latest news from the front lines of this “battle.” We learn about a new (and not great) rating regarding cancer in the fire service from an international organization that monitors cancer in various jobs. We also learn of a FREE app, the Personal Exposure Tracker, that you can keep on your phone or tablet that helps you keep track of your exposures to various toxins that we deal with on the job. And we learn how toenails (that’s right – toenails!) can help researchers see certain exposures we’ve had! And more! The show notes for the audio podcast will have numerous links for more information.* Learn more about their efforts to reduce cancer in the fire service at www.sylvester.org/firefighters. You can help us help our Brothers and Sisters and/or their families in dire need, please visit our website at https://www.5-AlarmTaskForceCorp.org. You can view our videos on our YouTube® channel, 5-Alarm Task Force Corp. or you can listen to our audio podcast on all major podcast platforms and our website, noted above. * While we were unable to secure the additional links mentioned in the interview in time for this release, we will have them soon. Please feel free to drop us a line at Dalmatprod@Outlook.com and we will be happy to provide them to you when available! Photo Courtesy UM-Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center - Firefighter Cancer Initiative

Duration:01:41:06

Episode 216: Episode 7-17 – Deputy Chief Dave Robertson – “Hiring Based on Character”

6/10/2023
It is no secret that fire departments across North America are “hungry” for more firefighters, including career, volunteer, paid-on-call and WUI. Why? There are various reasons behind it and if departments are to be successful in this endeavor, it might be a good time to re-think your processes. There is a new generation of young people interested. And if we can look beyond the fact that they may not have basic tool skills, we just might see that they have other skills that could be very beneficial to a department. Our guest today is Deputy Chief Dave Robertson. We discuss his premise of , “Hiring Based on Character.” Let’s do away with the 10-item questionnaire that’s been used for 25 years, the expectation that someone in his/her early twenties has five years of firefighting experience behind them and will walk through your door and other ‘old-school” thinking. Chief Robertson posits that if we can create a hiring process based in the 21st century with the numerous life experiences some of these applicants have had, we just might be able to find those men and women who want to be the best firefighter they can be! To learn more, visit Chief Robertson’s website at: https://www.fire-edge.com or reach him at chief.robertson@fire-edge.com You can help us help our Brothers and Sisters and/or their families in dire need, please visit our website at https://www.5-AlarmTaskForceCorp.org. You can view our videos on our YouTube® channel, 5-Alarm Task Force Corp. or you can listen to our audio podcast on all major podcast platforms and our website, noted above. Photo Copyright Clip Art Key

Duration:02:18:22

Episode 215: Episode 7-16 – Chief John Vance – “Culture in Your Fire Service”

6/3/2023
In the last ten-to-fifteen years, we have heard various terms used to describe the fire service, e.g., “We’re a family,” and “We have a culture.” In a number of ways, both of these phrases can be used with both positive and negative references. There is no doubt that in general, we do have a somewhat unique culture based on how we serve our communities, e.g., career, volunteer, paid-on-call, etc. However, the term, “culture,” has also been used almost to boast that we might be better than other vocations. Chief John Vance knows about the fire service culture. With over forty years of experience, there is little about the fire service culture that he doesn’t know. As a Chief officer, he has seen the highs and lows of our culture across many facets of the fire service. In this interview we divide the discussion into two parts; first the general view of our culture and some of its impacts and second, how we draw new members into the culture in such a way as they feel comfortable with learning about and then becoming a contributor to that culture. To learn more, visit their websites and videos at: 1. https://www.minnetonkamn.gov/government/departments/fire-department#ad-image-7 2. https://bshifter.com/about_01.aspx 3. https://www.youtube.com/@bshifter You can help us help our Brothers and Sisters and/or their families in dire need, please visit our website at https://www.5-AlarmTaskForceCorp.org. You can view our videos on our YouTube® channel, 5-Alarm Task Force Corp. or you can listen to our audio podcast on all major podcast platforms and our website, noted above.

Duration:02:18:22

Episode 214: Episode 7-15 – Capt. Mike Daley – NFPA 1700 & Kill the Flashover

5/5/2023
If you are a firefighter dedicated to being the best you can be, then this podcast/video is for you! Our guest is Capt. Mike Daley, who has nearly 40 years’ experience as a firefighter, officer and instructor. He has presented at national, regional and local conferences. He is also the current president of Kill the Flashover, the organization that runs educational programs and demonstrations, teaching safe and effective firefighting practices. On this episode, Capt. Daley tells us about the details of the new NFPA 1700 standard, which will encompass both the previous 1710 and 1720 standards. However, he explains that this new standard includes an implementation section that will assist career and volunteer departments to put the new standard into effect. This is a "game changer," as this will guide departments to put the info from 1700 to good use. "Kill the Flashover" is a program to teach firefighters fine details of fire behavior and much more in their program, "Fire Behavior University." Visit their website at www.KillTheFlashover.com. To help us help our Brothers and Sisters and/or their families in dire need, please visit our website at https://www.5-AlarmTaskForceCorp.org. You can watch our videos on our YouTube® channel, 5-Alarm Task Force and you can listen to our audio podcast on all major podcast platforms and our website, noted above.

Duration:01:50:28

Episode 213: Episode 7-14 – Asst. Chief Jacob Johnson – Humanity in the Fire Service

4/27/2023
When we talk about the fire service and firefighters, our thoughts often go to firefighters working at a fire, HazMat scene, big and shiny apparatus, the firehouse and more. However today, more than ever, we need to look at the humanity of the fire service! No matter if we are discussing career, volunteer, part-pay or WUI firefighters, they are humans first, they are sons and daughters, moms and dads, husbands, wives, aunts and uncles, etc. Sadly, we are often so focused on the words in the first paragraph that we lose sight that every single firefighter is a person. Our returning guest and friend, Assistant Chief Jacob Johnson of the Pearland TX Fire Department and I dig beneath the smoke, flames and turnout gear to talk about the men and women who come to the station every day, ready to meet the challenge of our oaths, “…To protect the lives and property.” The Chief shares several occurrences in his years as a firefighter and officer. You’ll also learn how his meme, “Do Your Damn Job,” was coined through his own experience as a line officer. While we love to hear the “Q” scream and the Grovers clearing the path, we need to remember that we are not robots. We are human beings with all the good and bad that comes with humanity. We just look at it a bit differently than most! Take a listen – you just might learn something ================================================================== For the Firefighter Behavioral Health Initiative: If you need mental health assistance, you can reach out to the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance at their website: www.ffbha.org at 847-209-8208 or info@ffbha.org or you can text the word, “BADGE” to 741741, or speak with your officer or clergy. THERE ARE ALWAYS PEOPLE WHO WANT TO HELP YOU! YOU ARE NOT ALONE! ================================================================== As always, you can catch the video version on our YouTube® channel, 5-Alarm Task Force Corp., and listen to the audio version on our Podomatic page at https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/dalmatprod206 or tune in to the audio version on our website, www.5-AlarmTaskForceCorp.org or on your favorite podcast platform!

Duration:01:38:03