Code 3 - The Firefighters' Podcast

Code 3 - The Firefighters' Podcast
Informing and Entertaining Firefighters from Coast to Coast

Train ‘em and get out of their way with Kaci Corrigan
May 28 • 18 min
Sometimes, we make things more difficult than we need to. We develop a course of training, then insist on dictating every move firefighters make once they master it. The bottom line, usually, boils down to: put the wet stuff on the red stuff and the fire…
Firefighter PTSD: A Spouse’s Perspective with Lori Moore
May 21 • 18 min
Last week, we talked with Chris Moore, a captain with the Chesapeake, Virginia Fire Department about his battle with PTSD. This week, I’m bringing you the other half of the equation. That’s his wife, Lori. If you’re a firefighter and you believe you have…
To PTSD Hell and Back with Chris Moore
May 14 • 19 min
Twenty years ago, it was a big no-no for a firefighter to admit to having anything like Post-Traumatic Stress. Of course, it’s still stigmatized in many firehouses. That’s a problem. PTSD can affect anyone, even the toughest firefighter. It doesn’t take…
This Volunteer Department’s Got It Figured Out with Ed Dolan and Shawn Heppner
May 7 • 24 min
How would you define success in a volunteer department? Would it be recruiting and retention? Or how about solid leadership? Maybe response time? Today, we’re going to talk about a department that meets all of those criteria. It’s called Ulster Hose…
How to stop the job from taking over your life with Dr. Donnie Hutchinson
Apr 30 • 18 min
What are your priorities in life? Most firefighters will typically answer this question by saying, “My family, my health, and my job.” But the reality is, most firefighters I’ve known, and I’ll bet most you know, are more likely to put their job first,…
Using the radio the right way with Mark Szczepanik
Apr 23 • 13 min
One of the critical skills a firefighter needs is the ability to communicate concisely and completely over the radio. Some firefighters, especially new officers, get excited on the radio and are loud, but don’t have much to say. Then the IC has to ask for…
Lines Off, Ladders Up with Ty Wheeler
Apr 16 • 19 min
Every house goes on runs that the crew just knows is a false alarm. You know it, I know it, your administration knows it. But the public doesn’t. And when you pull up to that alarm you’re sure is nothing and act like it, they notice. Today’s guest says…
FDNY at Ground Zero of COVID-19 with Danny Sheridan
Apr 9 • 19 min
By now, as I record this show on April 6, 2020, most of this nation’s fire departments are now dealing with the devastating effects of COVID-19. But if you think your department’s been hit hard, be glad you’re not in New York City. Just as it was on…
31 Seconds from Arrival to Water on the Fire with Jonathan Hall
Feb 13 • 15 min
Practically every study – not to mention common sense – says the fastest way to get a fire out is to get water on the seat of the fire. Modern day fires that burn hotter and faster demand the ability to rapidly select, deploy, advance, and start flowing…
TIC Tips and Tricks with Manfred Kihn
Feb 10 • 18 min
By now, it seems like just about every fire department has at least one thermal imaging camera. They’ve become a valuable tool. The trick, of course, is to be able to interpret correctly what the TIC is showing you. To be able to do that, you need to…
Truck Ops Whether You Have a Truck or Not with Sean Eagen
Feb 6 • 17 min
Truck company operations are an important part of fireground operations, even when you don’t have a dedicated truck company available. That’s why, whether you’re a truckie or not, you need a thorough knowledge of truck company operations, tools, and…
The Ultimate Mutual Aid: US Firefighters in Australia with Rick Young
Feb 3 • 15 min
The ultimate in mutual aid has got to be the assist Australians are getting from US firefighters. These are wildland fires on a massive scale: more than 25 million acres have burned in fires that have raged since September. Thirty-one people—including…
The Only Constant is Change with Daniel Shoffner
Jan 30 • 22 min
The two things firefighters hate the most are change-and the way things are now. You’ve heard that quote from Alan Brunacini before. But it’s still true and will remain true as long as there’s a fire service. Because this profession is so steeped in…
PTSD Cost Her a Career… and Almost Her Life with Christy Warren
Jan 27 • 17 min
Firefighters are well aware of the pain of PTSD. They’re also often familiar with the stigma that comes with it.We’ve talked about PTSD and the stigma that comes with it on this show before. It’s maybe twice as hard to endure when the firefighter…
Social Media for PIOs with Rob Reardon
Jan 23 • 14 min
By now, most departments have adopted social media in some form. Here in LA, as in many larger cities, Twitter is a great resource to learn where agencies are responding to various emergencies, 24/7. In fact, in many cases, Twitter and other platforms…
Talk to Your Patients (Don’t Interrogate Them!) with Tim Nowak
Jan 20 • 20 min
When you arrive on scene of a medical emergency, do you talk with the patient? Sure you do. In fact, if you’re still fairly new at EMS, you likely practically interrogate them. Questions like, “When was your last oral intake?” or “What were your events…
Surviving More Than Flames with Todd LeDuc
Jan 16 • 18 min
Firefighting has always been about survival. But now, we are recognizing that fire isn’t the only danger. Whether it’s occupational cancer, cardiovascular events, or behavioral health injuries, the threats are constant. A new book, Surviving the Fire…
Addressing Unconscious Racial Bias in EMS with Jamie Kennel
Jan 13 • 16 min
This edition of Code 3 may make you a little uncomfortable. It’s about racial bias among EMS providers. And while that bias may be unconscious, it affects patients all the same. My guest today led a comprehensive study of nearly 26,000 EMS encounters in…
Firefighter Training Using Virtual Reality Goggles with Rick Clarke
Jan 9 • 16 min
Okay, here’s an idea that’s guaranteed to divide opinions: The Cosumnes Fire District, near Sacramento, California, is using virtual reality technology to train firefighters for structure fires. Officials say the VR goggles are a cost-effective way to…
When Firefighters Ride Ambulances with Ben Thompson
Jan 6 • 15 min
Lots of departments require you to be a paramedic as well as a firefighter, but that can lead to conflict. In some departments, this cross training means firefighters are assigned to ambulances. Many of them end up wanting to get out of otherwise…
Firemen, Even if They’re Women with Alexis Shady
Jan 2 • 13 min
After many years of being called “firefighters”, there is a small but persistent group pushing back. They want to be called “firemen” again. Perhaps surprisingly, some of those people are women. They also want to be called firemen. It comes from an…
Goodbye (and Good Riddance) to the 2010s with Greg Friese
Dec 30, 2019 • 29 min
If you’re listening to this edition of Code 3, congratulations! You made it through the 2010s. It was a turbulent decade for first responders of all kinds. And the ride’s likely to get even more bumpy into the next decade. What were the trends that made…
What Firefighters Need to Know About Rope Rescue Operations with Dale Stewart
Dec 19, 2019 • 12 min
You may be a TRT specialist in your department. Or you might be a novice. Either way, you’ve probably realized that rope rescue gear has become very technical. NFPA 1983 is very specific about the details required to make rope suitable for various tasks.…
Finding Solutions to TRT Training Roadblocks with Dalan Zartman
Dec 16, 2019 • 16 min
Technical rescues are high-risk/low-frequency incidents, and that means training on them is critical. One slip, and you could have a very bad day. If you know NFPA 1006, you know the minimum KSAs are tough. But departments routinely face problems with…
What Officers Need to Know About Crew Emotional Trauma with Jared Meeker
Dec 12, 2019 • 15 min
One of the most important roles of a leader is to take care of their crew. That means if you’re a company officer, you need to be aware of your crew members’ emotional state.We’ve all heard that the job can lead to PTSD, and I certainly hope that you…
Focusing Training Efforts on ‘Bread-and-Butter’ Operations with Stephen Rhine
Dec 9, 2019 • 22 min
If you’ve listened to this show for any length of time, you know realistic training scenarios … and sometimes the lack of them … are my thing. Learning the fundamentals is always the key to later skill-building. So it’s important to get focused on…
Do firefighters with skills but no degree have less worth? with Chad Costa
Dec 5, 2019 • 17 min
If you’ve been in the fire service long enough, you probably remember when firefighters with a trade skill were highly valued. These were the guys who came into the job knowing things like engine repair, or electrical, or even plumbing. But these days, it…
Know Your Pump Panel with Paul Watlington
Nov 25, 2019 • 18 min
Are you an engineer? Or maybe a chauffeur? Or perhaps an MPO? Regardless of the name, if you operate the pump panel on an engine, you need to know a lot of technical stuff to be any good. And the guys on the other end of the line depend on you to know…
The Beginner’s Mindset and Why You Need It with George McNeil
Nov 21, 2019 • 13 min
Let’s talk Zen Buddism. Do you know the term Shoshin? It’s the Japanese word for a beginner’s mind. A verse from a philosopher says:“It is not difficult/to keep a beginner’s mind./There are many possibilities in a beginner’s mind,/but in the expert few.”…
How to Develop Command Presence with Tom Merrill
Nov 18, 2019 • 18 min
Let’s say you’re a new officer. You want your crew to follow you, right? Now how do you get them to do that? One thing that absolutely will NOT work is to order people around arbitrarily. This does nothing but make them annoyed with you. Put yourself in…
The Accidental Comedian with Travis Howze
Nov 11, 2019 • 16 min
Something good can come from even the worst situations, and in this show, you’re going to hear from a great example. This is the story of how Travis Howze, survivor of the Charleston Nine disaster in 2007, developed PTSD and ended up leaving the fire…
Don’t Communicate Like the Military with Brian Schaeffer
Nov 7, 2019 • 17 min
For just about as long as anyone can remember, the fire service has operated in a pseudo-military style. Members have ranks, of course. And complex org charts are a favorite Powerpoint slide. The similarities to the military include passing information up…
Training on the Denver Drill with Tony Carroll
Nov 4, 2019 • 11 min
Today, we’re talking about the Denver Drill. It’s well-known, but just in case you need a brush up, here it is: In 1992, a Denver, Colorado firefighter named Mark Langvardt was on the second floor of a commercial building on fire. He was doing a search…
Should You Use Tactical Worksheets for EMS? with Bruce Evans
Oct 3, 2019 • 19 min
Today, we’re talking tactical worksheets for EMS. This is more important than it may sound. A tactical worksheet is nothing more than a glorified checklist. Who needs that? If airline pilots use them every flight, maybe they should be in your arsenal…
In Memory of Bryan Fass with Greg Friese
Sep 19, 2019 • 14 min
The Fire-EMS community lost a vital member this week. Bryan Fass passed away suddenly on Monday. He was just 46. A former paramedic, Bryan was well-known for his advocacy of first-responder fitness. His career was based on teaching injury-prevention and…
Preventing Assaults on EMS Personnel with Ernesto Rodriguez
Sep 16, 2019 • 15 min
There was a time when you were universally viewed as friends of the community. You were welcomed because people realized that you were there to help them. Sadly, that doesn’t seem to matter anymore. Violent physical attacks on EMS personnel are becoming…
Looking Back at Sept. 11, 2001 with Rick Lasky
Sep 11, 2019 • 28 min
On September 11, 2001 our world changed. America was just getting to work when it was attacked by terrorists using commercial airliners as weapons. That was the day everything we knew turned upside down. And it was the day that the FDNY suffered 343 line…
Making the Fire Cause Investigator’s Job Easier with Rick Chase
Sep 5, 2019 • 14 min
One of the aspects of firefighting that we don’t often discuss is the role of the fire-cause investigator. Once a structure fire is under control, this job becomes critical to determining what insurance will pay to the property owner … and if arson was…
Making Volunteer Firefighting Fun Again with Jack Kline
Sep 2, 2019 • 24 min
We have discussed several times on this show the sad – and potentially disastrous –story of the declining numbers of volunteer firefighters. Everyone has their own theory of why no one wants to volunteer these days. But a Syracuse, New York newspaper…
How to Train New Generations to Fight Fire with Chris Garniewicz
Aug 29, 2019 • 19 min
If you conduct training for firefighters, your teaching may be out-of-date. Now, you’re probably thinking, “That’s bull. I know how to throw a ladder.” Problem is, if you haven’t taken recurrent train-the-trainer courses, you may not be doing it right…the…
How to be a New Fire Chief with Al Yancey, Jr.
Aug 26, 2019 • 22 min
If you’ve wondered what it would be like to be a newly-minted Fire Chief – it could be a turbulent experience. You may think you know what it takes to run a department successfully. Maybe you do, may you don’t. But there are a million details to consider…
Fireground Excellence is Only Half the Battle with Adam Neff
Aug 22, 2019 • 22 min
The late Vince Lombardi, famous Green Bay Packers coach, was known for his inspirational quotes. Today’s show is about this Lombardi quote: “Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right…
Stretching a Line: Start Right to Finish Strong with John Lightly
Aug 19, 2019 • 17 min
There’s a certain mindset that says it doesn’t matter how you start, as long as you finish strong. That’s not always true, though. One example: when you pull your first line at a fire. How you do it sets the whole scene for the firefight. If there’s…
When You’re First-In at a Trench Rescue with Michael Daley
Aug 8, 2019 • 20 min
Look around construction sites and you’re likely to see a lot of trenches. If there’s an underground line of any type, it takes a trench to put it in and to maintain it. Unfortunately, not all trenches are constructed to standards. That makes the job of…
Should Fire Engines Really Be Red? with Dr. Stephen Solomon
Aug 5, 2019 • 19 min
What color is a fire engine? Well, if you’re a fan of traditional fire helmets, then I assume you’d prefer your apparatus to be red. You know, fire engine red. But for years, since the 1970s, there’s been that nagging question of conspicuity. What color…
Helicopter Scene Safety with Joseph Uridil
Aug 1, 2019 • 16 min
Helicopters are a great tool to have available when someone needs to be pulled out of a remote canyon – or transported to a level 1 trauma center in a hurry. They’re unbeatable at those missions. I know—I flew helicopters for a while, back in the early…
How to Ace an Oral Interview with Mark Rossi
Jul 29, 2019 • 20 min
If you’re working toward becoming a firefighter, or you’re trying to get promoted, one of the scariest phrases to you is likely “oral interview.” You should be concerned about getting it right. You can do all the right things academically and on the…
Respectful Entry with John Buttrick
Jul 25, 2019 • 20 min
I’ll bet you use salvage covers when you can. Why not? If you’re going to protect property, you can do a better job of it with covers than without. But there’s another step you can take to save property, and you may not even think much about it. When the…
Tips for Fighting Fires in the Wildland-Urban Interface with Tom Aurnhammer
Jul 22, 2019 • 20 min
On this show, we’re going to dive into some more detail for structural firefighters who find themselves working in the wildland-urban interface. If you’re going to be working these fires, there are new challenges to consider. The conditions are different,…
Fully-Involved Leadership with Gary Ludwig
Jul 18, 2019 • 16 min
There are lots of books about management styles available, but for my money, the ones written by firefighters are the best. They’re specific. They’re full of real-world examples. And they aren’t just page after page of the author’s latest catchphrases.…
Are You Ready for Firefighting in the WUI? with Brian Fennessy
Jul 15, 2019 • 20 min
If you’re a structural firefighter, you’d probably rather not deal with wildland fires at all. That’s normally not really a problem, until the flames reach the wildland-urban interface, which is happening much more frequently than in the past. Then you…
Finding Resources for Better Training with Jason Caughey
Jul 11, 2019 • 13 min
Training is critical to performance, especially these days, when there are fewer real-world fires but the ones that do ignite burn hotter and faster. Problem is, a lot of training is not very realistic. Classroom only goes so far, and hands-on costs…
What Qualifies a Volunteer to be a Chief Officer? with Ed Dolan
Jul 8, 2019 • 14 min
What qualifies someone to be a battalion chief? If they’re in a career department, it’s pretty clear. They need a specific amount of experience, they have to pass a written test, and probably an oral board of some kind.But what about volunteers? That’s a…
A Firefighter’s Life is the Same Everywhere with Ulrich Koellner
Jul 4, 2019 • 23 min
I got an email a few days ago. It was full of comments about the show, like a lot of other emails I get. But this one was different. It came from a firefighter in Germany, and he wrote mostly to discuss the Eurohelmet debate. Their regulations require the…
Are You Really Cut Out to be a Company Officer? with Kelly Lemmons
Jul 1, 2019 • 18 min
Let’s say you wanted to become a company officer. In your interview, you probably told them it was because you felt your leadership could help the department, and you meant it. Even if you also felt that a promotion would give you a raise. Or more…
Special Report- Reflections on 19 Heroes
Jun 30, 2019 • 5 min
June 30, 2019, marks the sixth anniversary of the LODD of 19 members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, who were killed while fighting the Yarnell Hill fire southeast of Prescott, Arizona.The 20-man crew, the only certified IHC that was…
Admitting There’s a Problem with Volunteer Departments with Billy Goldfeder
Jun 27, 2019 • 23 min
Volunteer firefighters make up most U.S. departments, by far. Yet the state of volunteer firefighting is in serious trouble. The NFPA issued a report in March that said there were 46,000 fewer volunteers in 2017 than a year earlier. There just aren’t…
Flowing While Advancing with Jonathan Brumley
Jun 24, 2019 • 22 min
Today’s topic is flowing water while advancing the line. Some departments always do it. Some don’t. There’s pretty good evidence that flowing while advancing is safer than dragging an uncharged line into a burning structure. Studies support water on the…
Earning the Job with Chris Baker
Jun 20, 2019 • 21 min
If you want to become a firefighter, the first thing to understand is that it isn’t easy. There’s a lot of school required nowadays, and it can take several years to get there. But there are some things to know that’ll make the process easier. Here to…
The Great Helmet Debate with Jerry Helm
Jun 17, 2019 • 13 min
The battle over the traditional fire helmet and what I’ll call the Eurohelmet is growing as some U.S. departments make the switch.It’s hard to nail down exactly why firefighters are unhappy about wearing the new helmets. They’re safer. They weigh less.…
Swiftwater Rescues in the Desert with Kevin Keith
Jun 13, 2019 • 18 min
Swiftwater rescues are among the most dangerous that you will face. That may sound obvious, but some departments that haven’t seen many swiftwater incidents have been taken by surprise. Out west, we have unique situations where dry riverbeds or washes…
How to Deliver a Great Roof Report with Gibby Gorman
Jun 10, 2019 • 16 min
When you go to the roof, what do you include when you make your report on ” conditions? Right. Every department’s truckies report something different, depending on SOPs. Sometimes, there’s even a difference between truck companies. Thing is, the truck…
Fighting Fires in Self-Storage Facilities with James Kirsch
Jun 6, 2019 • 22 min
Self-storage units present a unique challenge in case of fire. The come with the hazards found in a hoarder house, but worse. Making entry can be tough—nowadays, the simple padlock has often been replaced by an electronic lock. And while many of these…
On Becoming an Officer in a Volunteer Department with Tom Merrill
Jun 3, 2019 • 14 min
If you want to be an officer, it may come as a surprise that not everyone does. That may be a good thing. You probably also know that not everyone’s cut out for the job. In a career department, it might be more attractive because of the pay raise and…
Can firefighter shooting deaths be prevented? with Marc Bashoor
May 30, 2019 • 15 min
On May 15, Appleton, Wisconsin Engineer Mitch Lundgaard was shot and killed while on a medical run. A police officer was shot and survived, as did a bystander who was also hit. The call, a man having a seizure on a bus, came out at 5:30 p.m. When the…
A Female USFS Firefighter’s Story of Harassment with Abby Bolt
May 23, 2019 • 28 min
Battalion Chief Abby Bolt was a 22-year veteran firefighter in the US Forest Service. She quit last month, posting a version of her resignation letter on the internet. In it, she says a “toxic dynamic of leadership, which made my job, which was my life, a…
The Fire Officer’s Guide to Occupational Safety and Health with Ron Kanterman
May 20, 2019 • 20 min
How safe are you as a firefighter? Do you don all your gear before you make entry, or do you take a risk, thinking you may save someone else? What about something as simple as wearing your seatbelt? I know there’s a certain faction of firefighters who…
Finding Hidden Fires with Danny Sheridan
May 16, 2019 • 16 min
Some structure fires are pretty easy to find. The seat of the fire is obvious. It’s the calls reporting a light haze of smoke that get tricky. The fire could be in any number of places, like in the wall. And if you try to anticipate and stretch a…
When Firefighters Visit Therapists with Courtney Stewart
May 13, 2019 • 18 min
By now, you’ve heard over and over about the value of professional counseling. But, I know, you’re probably still skeptical. Maybe you think it’s too-touchy feely. Maybe you’re worried that word will get out that you’re seeing a shrink. Or it could be…
Retaining Volunteer Firefighters with Ed Dolan
May 9, 2019 • 15 min
A lot of volunteer fire departments are worried about the dwindling number of new recruits. But what about holding onto the members already in the ranks? That takes a little effort and it may require some structural changes, too. It may be necessary,…
Primary Search Considerations with Dave LeBlanc
May 6, 2019 • 17 min
When you hear the term “primary search,” what comes to mind? Is it something an engine crew does while they’re advancing the line? Or is it the job of the truck crew? And if you’re the first-in engine at a structure fire, and believe there might be…
Lost in a Structure Fire with Alex Davis
May 2, 2019 • 15 min
Have you ever become lost in a burning structure? It ‘ll cause a pretty severe pucker factor, as my Air Force friends call it. And, yes, becoming lost in a fire can easily be fatal. Today, we’re going to hear from a captain in a volunteer department who…
Small Lessons That Can Have Big Results with Charlie Evans
Apr 29, 2019 • 14 min
You don’t have to be the senior man at your station to have learned some valuable lessons. The things we learn that improve how we do our jobs sometimes come from keeping an open mind and asking questions. My guest today condensed a few concepts he picked…
Live Rescue Review with Scott Orr
Apr 25, 2019 • 7 min
This week was the premiere of A&E’s Live Rescue show. And this week, I’m reviewing it. Maybe I can help you decide if it’s worth your two hours every Monday night.
When You Can’t Save Them with John Lightly
Apr 22, 2019 • 19 min
If you haven’t yet had the experience of having a victim of a structure fire die, all I can say is, you will. It’s not something anyone can really prepare for, and – especially if you were the one who pulled the victim out – it never gets any easier.…
FDIC 2019 Wrap-Up with Bobby Halton
Apr 18, 2019 • 17 min
FDIC 2019 is in the books, and a lot of you were there this time. The conference was first held in 1929. It now draws in excess of 30,000 participants, making it one of Indiana’s biggest conventions. To find out how it went this year, my guest today is…
Just In It For The T-Shirt with Jeremy Perrien
Apr 15, 2019 • 12 min
Do you ever get the feeling that there are some people doing this job who really aren’t into it? They’re around — but that’s all. They’re mostly found in the ranks of the volunteer departments. These are the guys who want to wear the t-shirt and say…
The Art of Being a Fire Officer with Kirk Galatas
Apr 11, 2019 • 14 min
What does it take to be a fire officer? There’s more to it than just giving orders, of course. In fact, being a great officer could be considered a skill … or even an art. My guest today wrote a post for the Firefighter Nation website about the art of…
Stopping Rekindles with Nick Martin
Apr 8, 2019 • 18 min
Re-kindles are every firefighter’s nightmare. When I was a reporter, PIOs would go to great lengths to get me not to use that word if a fire re-ignited. Avoiding them seems simple enough—use a lot of water and do thorough overhaul. So how do even…
To Vent the Roof or Not with Frank Ricci
Mar 28, 2019 • 15 min
Vertical ventilation is a pretty controversial subject these days. Ever since the UL report on it came out, firefighters have been arguing whether vertical ventilation is worth the risk and if it even has the effects we want. One thing that makes it risky…
Networking for the Future Firefighter with Dave McGlynn
Mar 25, 2019 • 22 min
If you’re trying to join the fire service, raise your hand. Wow, that’s a lot of you. There are some good resources to help you with things like passing the written tests and the interview stage. But one of the keys is mentorship, a/k/a networking. Turns…
RIT Team Readiness with Keith Padgett
Mar 21, 2019 • 17 min
The RIT team has an important role at a fire scene. I say this, not as Captain Obvious, but because it’s easy to forget when you go to multiple scenes without ever taking action. It’s even easier when the IC tells you to throw a ladder because you’re just…
In-Air Standby for HEMS with Joseph Uridil
Mar 18, 2019 • 16 min
Village, Colorado, has had a new response policy in place. Air Methods helicopters, which operate from bases in 48 states around the U.S. , has been launching sooner on EMS calls. The goal is to have them standing by in the air instead of on the ground.…
Life and Death Matters with Sam and Chris Adams
Mar 14, 2019 • 24 min
Today’s fire departments ask more of their members than they used to.You’re now required to be at least an EMT in most departments, and there are advantages to being a paramedic, too. Today’s show is about being a good paramedic. It’s not just about…
Active Shooter Response and Prevention: Your FDs Role with Alan Berkowsky
Mar 11, 2019 • 17 min
With active shooter situations on the rise, there’s been more concern about how schools should deal with them. Communities around the country have started thinking pro-actively about how they can prevent shootings. And how they’ll respond if one happens…
Six Tips for Newly Promoted Officers with Rom Duckworth
Mar 7, 2019 • 27 min
Just about everyone wants to be promoted. More pay, maybe a different shift, and more authority to make things happen. So what do you do when you actually get that promotion? You might want to think about it in advance. And today’s guest is here to give…
EMS Feud: Fire vs. Ambulance with Scott Freitag and Glenn Kasprzyk
Mar 4, 2019 • 24 min
This show is a little different than most. We’re going to take a look at a feud going on in Arizona. AMR’s LifeLine Ambulance is on the hot seat as two fire departments covering Yavapai County are complaining to state regulators that their response times…
Editorial: NYC’s Really Dumb Siren Proposal
Mar 3, 2019 • 2 min
Scott’s opinion of the NYC proposal to change emergency sirens to the European high-low style. The city councilmembers behind the new law say they’re less noisy and will lead to fewer complaints. Scott says they’ll be less effective…and unAmerican, too.
Victims Expecting Search? with Brian Brush
Feb 28, 2019 • 17 min
Do you remember the Tot Finder stickers? For many years, families put them on the windows of children’s rooms, so, in case of fire, firefighters would know they should search that room. They’ve mostly fallen out of favor. My guest says we’re now counting…
Should Your Department Run Its Own Ambulances? with Joe Maruca and Steve Wirth
Feb 25, 2019 • 24 min
Has your department given any thought to operating its own ambulances? It’s happening around the country, for various reasons. There are some considerations to be checked out before a decision is made, and we have a couple of guests to explain them today.…
Where and When to Stretch Dry with Anthony Avillo
Feb 21, 2019 • 17 min
Our topic on this episode is stretching a dry line. Way back in Firefighting 101, they taught where to do it and where not to. Problem is, my guest today says, once you gain some experience, sometimes that training goes unheeded. And that can lead to…
Clean-Cab Controversy with David Lujan and Keith Collins
Feb 18, 2019 • 13 min
The Bernalillo County Fire Department in New Mexico is trying a new idea to cut down on job-related cancer.The department is adding apparatus, over time, that has compartments to store turnout gear. Firefighters won’t generally wear their turnouts in the…
Busting the Myths About Firefighter Suicides with Dena Ali
Feb 14, 2019 • 21 min
It may surprise you to learn that PTSD is not the major factor in most firefighter suicides. That’s just one of the myths that surround—and drives discussion on – the topic of firefighters taking their own lives. One of the strongest advocates in the fire…
What They Really Meant with Clay Magee
Feb 11, 2019 • 19 min
Firefighters love handy phrases almost as much as they love acronyms. Wait, scratch that. Firefighters’ bosses love handy phrases almost as much as acronyms. The guy in the turnouts may not be so fond of those old maxims. They get repeated and then…
How (and Why) to be a Great PIO with P.J. Norwood and Sean Gray
Feb 7, 2019 • 22 min
Today, we’re going to talk about a role in the fire department that’s near to my heart: The PIO. The Public Information Officer was the key to my getting information about the department, its people, and the incidents it covered when I was a newsman. But…
Never Off-Duty? What Happens When You See an Emergency with Michael Fraley
Feb 4, 2019 • 16 min
Have you ever been off-duty driving somewhere and come upon a crash scene? What should you do? What gear do you have in your POV? Most importantly, are you prepared to be a help and not a hindrance? My guest today has some thoughts on that. Michael Fraley…
The Vigilant Creed with Corley Moore
Jan 31, 2019 • 10 min
We’ve talked a lot about upholding fire service standards on this show. On this episode, we’re going to discuss a voluntary oath, if you will, that you can take to reinforce your beliefs. It’s called the Vigilant Creed, and it was developed by Corley…
“The Evolving Fireground: Research-Based Tactics” with P.J. Norwood and Sean Gray
Jan 28, 2019 • 19 min
As times change and research becomes more accurate, we learn more about fire behavior. And the more we learn, the faster fires get put out. With today’s construction techniques and materials, that also means a safer fireground. That’s why today’s guests…
How to Choose the Right Ground Ladder in a Hurry with Greg Jakubowski
Jan 24, 2019 • 15 min
Greg Jakubowski talks about ground ladders-how to chose which one you need in a hurry, and why it’s important to train with them. He’s a fire protection engineer and certified safety professional. Greg started his fire service career in 1978. He is a…
Your Pocket Guide to Saving Your Career with Stan Tarnowski
Jan 21, 2019 • 17 min
I love instructions on how to do stuff. That’s why today’s show is about how to be a firefighter. Not how to fight fires, but how to be a firefighter. They’re two different things. My guest today is the author of “The Firefighter’s Little Black Book: Your…
Narcan: Is It Necessary? with Dr Bryan Bledsoe
Jan 17, 2019 • 18 min
Narcan has been pitched as the single best way to deal with opioid overdose. And while it does work, it’s being overused and misused. Some EMS providers and cops are administering it just-in-case … even if they aren’t sure they’re treating an opioid…
Yoga for Firefighters? with Shannon McQuaide
Jan 14, 2019 • 17 min
Here’s an idea: Yoga for firefighters. Wait—don’t skip this episode yet! You owe it to yourself to hear about this, because, even if you think yoga’s not for you, it can probably help. It’s got a lot of benefits for firefighters. Here to explain why is…
Being the Senior Man with Casey Clinkscales
Jan 10, 2019 • 10 min
The most powerful position in the firehouse is likely NOT the Captain. You know who I’m talking about: the Senior Man. He commands respect simply because he’s seen a lot. But, whether he recognizes it or not, he’s also got a lot of responsibility. My…
You’ll Fight Like You Train with Robby Owens
Jan 7, 2019 • 14 min
Training is the key to knowing how to fight fires, especially when your department doesn’t respond to frequent real-world structure fires. It’s also the way to make sure no one gets hurt. But there’s a right way to train and a whole lot of wrong ways,…
Minimizing Risks and Making Choices with David Cain
Jan 3, 2019 • 13 min
Let’s talk safety. Or, rather, let’s talk risk, because we know firefighting isn’t safe. Risks are all about choices. The objective is to make choices that minimize risk. There are ways to do this, and my guest today says we need to do them. David Cain…
Why Don’t People Fear Fire? with Ray Reynolds
Dec 27, 2018 • 14 min
It’s been over 70 years since President Harry S. Truman issued the first Presidential Report that told citizens how to survive a house fire. But people still don’t seem to give fire the respect it deserves. They go back in to burning homes to save pets or…
Fitness: Don’t Just Say It, Do It! with Dan Kerrigan
Dec 20, 2018 • 16 min
A few years back, the NFPA said that just 27 percent of fire departments had a basic firefighter fitness and health program, and that was down from 30 percent in 2010. My guest today says that the time has come for the fire service to prioritize the…
Should EMS Require a College Degree? with David Becker
Dec 17, 2018 • 14 min
Is EMS work a trade or a profession? There’s a growing push to require at least a 2-year associate’s degree for certification. Some officials want a bachelor’s degree to be required. Here to give us some perspective on all this is David Becker. He’s…
Undoing Our Own Efforts at Hiring Diversity with Trisha Wolford
Dec 13, 2018 • 21 min
Are you tired of hearing about diversity in the fire service yet? I’m going to assume you are. The question is, why, in 2018, almost 2019, are we still talking about it? My guest today has an interesting theory: The hiring process brings in more diverse…
What’s a Firefighter Worth? with Keith Collins
Dec 10, 2018 • 21 min
What’s a firefighter worth to the community? Now what’s a professional athlete worth? There’s no doubt that pro sports generates a lot of revenue for a city, not to mention intangible benefits. But my guest today has crunched the numbers, and found that…
Seven Unwritten Rules of EMS wth Gary Ludwig
Dec 6, 2018 • 15 min
Just about everyone will find that there are the official rules in EMS – and then there are the unwritten rules. They’re often more helpful to know than the stuff you learn in class. For those EMTs or medics who are new on the job and want a jump on these…
How to Lead in Today’s Volunteer Department with John Sahatjian
Dec 3, 2018 • 15 min
Leadership in a volunteer fire department doesn’t work the same way as it does in a career department. For starters, the officer positions may rotate, as frequently as every year. That means it can be tough to develop a consistent leadership culture. My…
Transitional Attacks Are Like a Bunt with Ray McCormack
Nov 29, 2018 • 22 min
The transitional attack. Some firefighters swear by it, some swear at it. The NFPA says it’s a way to soften the target. Does it help, or does it have the potential to make firefighting harder? My guest today says a transitional attack is like a bunt in…
Everyone Wants to Work for This Department with Scott Thompson
Nov 26, 2018 • 17 min
My guest today has a new book, titled The Functional Fire Company — Positioning Small Groups for Success & Survival. It’s intended to explain how to develop a culture of learning and training in your department. It’s working: his department has a record…
Should You Try Acupuncture? with Dr. Nikki Kelly
Nov 19, 2018 • 14 min
What do you know about acupuncture? Yeah, it involves needles. But do you know what it can do for you? Here’s one benefit: it can be used to treat PTSD. It’s also helped relieve depression, chronic fatigue, joint pain, and low back pain, and a lot of…
Painkiller Addiction Risk with Mark Lamplugh, Jr.
Nov 15, 2018 • 15 min
If you’re injured on the job, you’ll likely be prescribed an opioid pain medication. They’re a double -edged sword: it can be tough to get enough, even when you really need them. But you might be surprised how quickly you can become addicted to them if…
A Rookie’s Guide to Surviving the Firehouse with Mauro Porcelli
Nov 12, 2018 • 20 min
If you’re a probie or you want to be, listen up. This show’s guest, Mauro Porcelli, has written a new book titled “Surviving the Firehouse.” It’s a guide to life as a firefighter for newbies, and it’s full of real-world tips and advice. Mauro retired from…
Five Health Habits to Prolong Your Career with Aaron Zamzow
Nov 8, 2018 • 23 min
Habits can improve your health…and bad ones can screw it up. That’s why building healthy habits is so important for firefighters. This isn’t just some trendy idea.This stuff will prolong your career, and your life. Back with us again today is Aaron…
How to Get Quicker Knockdowns with Paul Shapiro
Nov 5, 2018 • 15 min
How fast do you get a knockdown on an average fire? Our guest on this show says you should see the effects in 30 seconds. If you don’t, he says, you’re not flowing enough water. Paul Shapiro is a back to talk about overwhelming a fire with massive water.…
Training vs Working Out with Matt Page
Nov 1, 2018 • 11 min
Firefighters both train and work out. Though they share some elements in common, they’re two different disciplines. This show’s guest says it’s important to do both well. Matt Page is an assistant chief with the Alpine Fire Department in Louisiana. He’s…
Using Riding Assignments with Chad Menard
Oct 29, 2018 • 11 min
Engine company riding assignments are the key to a ready arrival at a scene. They eliminate confusion. But some departments don’t actually specify who’s doing what, and my guest on this show says that’s a mistake. Chad Menard is a Captain/Paramedic for a…
Avoiding Sexual Harassment Claims with John Murphy
Oct 25, 2018 • 22 min
With recent increased attention on sexual harassment in the workplace, now may be a good time to address it in the firehouse. On this episode, we discuss what departments and officers need to know about sexual harassment with John K. Murphy. He’s a…
Hoarder House Danger with Ryan Pennington
Oct 22, 2018 • 21 min
I’ll bet your least favorite house fire is a hoarder house. They’re tough to navigate, have lots of fuel, and can hide some nasty surprises. If you haven’t dealt with one yet, you will. Compulsive Hoarding Disorder is a psychological mental condition that…
Don’t Shortcut Your Training with Benjamin Martin
Oct 18, 2018 • 16 min
When you did your early training, did you make a lot of mistakes? If so, you likely learned more from the screw-ups than anything else. It was valuable experience. And hard to replace effectively. But my guest today says a lot of today’s younger…
Get Off the Roof with Mark Cotter
Oct 14, 2018 • 20 min
With more and more firefighters being injured as they work to ventilate roofs during a structure fire, we need to ask:Why are we still putting crews up there in the first place? Is it time to admit that vertical ventilation is an obsolete concept? Our…
Dealing with PTSD and Clinical Depression with Todd Donovan
Oct 11, 2018 • 13 min
If you or someone you know had a broken arm, you’d want it treated right away. Well, PTSD or clinical depression are no different. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean you can ignore it. And just like a broken arm, it is absolutely nothing to be…
Engine Company Pride with Jarrod Sergi
Oct 8, 2018 • 13 min
Sometimes it seems that engine companies don’t always get the respect they deserve. It may be rescue squad crews or truckies that feel engine crews have a simple job: put the wet stuff on the red stuff. But this show’s guest says he’s seen those guys have…
How Firefighter Culture Affects Safety with Travis Carricato
Oct 4, 2018 • 22 min
We’ve been talking over the past few weeks on this show about whether firefighters have become too risk-averse. But there are also some department cultures that condone overly risky behavior. It’s not in the SOPs or SOGs – culture is an unwritten feeling…
The “Emergency!” Attitude with Mike Rubin
Oct 1, 2018 • 16 min
If you’re of a certain age, you were probably strongly influenced to become a firefighter-paramedic by a couple of guys named Johnny and Roy, the two heroes of the 1970’s TV show “Emergency!” They played a couple of the country’s first…
Making Good, Defensible Decisions on the Fly with Nick Salameh
Sep 27, 2018 • 20 min
If you’re a company officer or a command-level officer, you know the job is all about decision-making. The trick, of course, is to make good, defensible decisions in a big hurry at a chaotic scene. How do you do it? Scott’s guest has some ideas that could…
Being the New Guy with Tom Redden
Sep 24, 2018 • 16 min
We’ve talked several times on this show about working with younger firefighters. But we haven’t heard their viewpoint. That’s about to change. Millennials are sometimes a mystery to previous generations. They learn differently, they react differently.…
Primary Search Techniques with Paul Mastronardi
Sep 20, 2018 • 17 min
How do you conduct a primary search? It’s one of the most critical actions a firefighter can undertake at a fire. It’s also a dangerous task. There are several ways to conduct them. On this episode, Paul Mastronardi goes over a few tips on safely…
Where Are All the Women? with Cheryl Horvath
Sep 17, 2018 • 18 min
The number of women in the fire service seems to be stalled at about four percent, despite efforts to recruit more. Why is this, and what can be done? Cheryl Horvath addresses that question and discusses what she thinks of the term “Brotherhood” on this…
In Praise of the Grinders with TJ Ward
Sep 13, 2018 • 10 min
Do you go above and beyond, not for the praise, but because it’s necessary? Maybe you’re a grinder. TJ Ward joins Scott to explain the grinder mindset. It’s an attitude that says—good enough is never good enough. And grinders absolutely do not believe in…
Owning It with Andrew Sauder
Sep 10, 2018 • 18 min
What does it mean to “own it?” To a firefighter, it should mean taking pride in their job, and taking initiative to ensure it’s done right. Guest Andrew Sauder says that’s lacking among some younger firefighters, and it’s up to the more experienced crew…
Designing the Ultimate Fire Engine with Ricky Riley
Sep 6, 2018 • 17 min
What if you had unlimited funds to design and build the ultimate fire engine for your department? Yours would undoubtedly look different than one designed halfway across the country. My guest on this show is Ricky Riley. We discuss what features he’d like…
Deadly Lumber Construction with Mark van der Feyst
Sep 3, 2018 • 15 min
We all know we’re facing fewer structure fires these days… but the ones that do ignite are more dangerous than ever. More lumber is being used, and, worse yet, it’s not the old-style 2x4 or 4x4. The lumber industry is turning to manufactured lumber. It’s…
Lessons Learned from the Charleston 9 LODD Incident with David Griffin
Aug 30, 2018 • 18 min
On this episode, we discuss a major line-of-duty-death incident: the loss of the Charleston Nine. It happened on the evening of June 18, 2007, at the Sofa Super Store in Charleston, South Carolina. About 40 minutes into the call, there was a flashover,…
Why You Should be Doing Oriented Searches with Chris DelBello
Aug 27, 2018 • 13 min
How do you conduct a primary search? I’ll bet you do it by having the whole search crew follow the walls, staying in a line, right? Doesn’t that seem a little slow and even wasteful? My guest on this episode says yes, and he says the oriented search is…
Getting Team Members to Meet Your Expectations with Dr. Liane Davey
Aug 23, 2018 • 17 min
When you’ve got a great plan, but some team members just aren’t quite on board, how do you get them to meet your expectations? Dr. Liane Davey is back to give us some tips on how to make that happen on this episode.
Sister in a Brotherhood with Cindie Schooner-Ball
Aug 20, 2018 • 15 min
On this show, we talk with Cindie Schooner-Ball, who retired a couple years back from a firefighting career that began in1987. She writes a blog, titled, “Sister in a Brotherhood,” and is working on a book by the same name. Find out what it was like for a…
Confined Space Rescue with Mike Daley
Aug 16, 2018 • 16 min
When a man climbed into a narrow pipe and then became trapped 12 feet below ground, New Jersey rescue crews found a difficult situation. Mike Daley explains how they extricated the man from the pipe, while trying to limit damage to the wastewater…
When to Fly a Patient with Cory Moser and Joseph Uridil
Aug 13, 2018 • 16 min
When is it appropriate to call for a helicopter to a scene? Even when you have a flowchart to make the determination, there’s still a lot of subjectivity involved. In this episode, Joseph Uridil of medical helicopter operator Air Methods and Prescott Fire…
Old-School Attitude with Chris Tobin
Aug 9, 2018 • 18 min
If you feel as if the culture of safety in the fire service has been replaced with a culture of fear, then you’ll want to listen to Chris Tobin. An old-school firefighter at heart, he explains why fear holds today’s firefighters back, why…
Paying for Community Paramedicine with Gary Ludwig
Aug 6, 2018 • 16 min
Just about everyone agrees that community paramedicine is a great idea. But, trouble is, no one wants to pay for it. Mesa, Arizona, had a very good program but had to shut it down for lack of funding. Gary Ludwig joins Scott on this episode to discuss…
The Dispatcher Shortage with Barry Furey
Aug 2, 2018 • 15 min
There is a shortage of 911 dispatchers nationwide, and it can lead to unfortunate outcomes. PSAP and 911 consultant Barry Furey explains why there’s a problem and offers some suggestions for how it can be fixed. *** NOTE: This interview had some technical…
When to Teach with Randy Hanifen
Jul 30, 2018 • 14 min
Firefighters love to pass on information, and that’s what accounts for the numbers of speakers lining up for events like FDIC. But how do you know you’re qualified to teach others? Is there a certain rank you need to attain first? Guest Randy Hanifen…
Safety at Crash Scenes with Jack Sullivan
Jul 26, 2018 • 18 min
Safety at motor vehicle crash scenes can be difficult, and sometimes, there are non-vehicle related problems, too. Expert Jack Sullivan of the Emergency Responder Safety Institute drops by to discuss ways to keep from getting into trouble at crash scenes.
Developing a Community Paramedicine Program with Porter Welch
Jul 23, 2018 • 11 min
With community paramedicine, a/k/a mobile integrated health care, gaining popularity in the U.S., there are some challenges to be met when you’re building a new program. Chief Porter Welch of the Scioto, Ohio Township Fire Department helped write the Ohio…
Meet the Future of the Fire Service: iGen with Linda Willing
Jul 19, 2018 • 20 min
If you thought Millennials were a confusing group, wait til you meet the iGen. Guest Linda Willing says they may be more comfortable with virtual communication than face-to-face, but they could ultimately prove to be the best group of firefighters yet.
Budget Realities with Brad Davison
Jul 16, 2018 • 12 min
Brad Davison’s study of combination departments and the challenges they face found that budgets are the #1 problem, according to chiefs. We talk about what impact they have and how much difference more money would make on this episode.
Why Drew Hughes Died with Brad Dean and David Hughes
Jul 12, 2018 • 27 min
Drew Hughes died after an ET tube was improperly inserted while he rode in an ambulance. He had been injured in a skateboarding accident, but anoxia caused by the intubation error killed him. On this episode, we hear from his father about the Do It For…
A Look Back at 100 Episodes with Scott Orr
Jul 9, 2018 • 11 min
In celebration of our official 100th episode of Code 3, Scott pulls back the curtain to give you a quick look at how we got here. Join us!
Bullies and Harassment in the Fire Service with I. David Daniels
Jul 5, 2018 • 21 min
Bullying and harassment within the fire service isn’t talked about very much, but it happens. Find out what it will take to stop this destructive (and expensive) behavior as guest co-host Rhonda Orr joins Scott to discuss the problem with I. David Daniels.
From L.A. to Wyoming with Kevin Grange
Jul 2, 2018 • 16 min
Kevin Grange is a firefighter/paramedic in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. But he used to work as a paramedic in Los Angeles. In this episode of code 3, he explains the differences—and why he loves where he works now.
Granite Mtn Hotshots Memorial in Prescott AZ
Jun 30, 2018 • 16 min
On June 30, 2018, the fifth anniversary of the LODD of 19 members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew at Yarnell Hill, a memorial ceremony was held in Prescott, Arizona, their home base. The brief ceremony commemorated their loss and…
Re-thinking rehab with Tim Nowack
Jun 28, 2018 • 20 min
Rehab is often given a lower priority than it should be, says our guest this time, Tim Nowack. He’s got some ideas about how to change that attitude., as well as a new acronym for more effective rehab operations.
Running to Remember with Jose Zambrano
Jun 25, 2018 • 11 min
It has now been five years since 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots were killed fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona. Jose Zambrano, a firefighter from El Seguno California began a run to the Hotshots’ memorial in Yarnell. Fireman Joe is…
NFPA 2017 LODD Report with Marc Bashoor
Jun 22, 2018 • 15 min
SPECIAL EDITION: The NFPA released its annual firefighter LODD report, and, while deaths are down, Chief Marc Bashoor says this is no time to get complacent.
Understanding NFPA 3000 with John Montes
Jun 21, 2018 • 16 min
The NFPA has issued a new standard – NFPA 3000 (PS), Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program. The NFPA’s John Montes joins Scott to explain why it was needed and what it includes on this edition of Code 3.
Watch What You Eat with Dr. Susie Day
Jun 18, 2018 • 12 min
Sure, firefighters work out a lot, but that still doesn’t make a poor diet all right. Dr. Susie day has been working on a study of what firefighters eat, and its’ not encouraging. Find out what you should be eating on this episode.
A Cautionary Tale with Dennis Rubin
Jun 14, 2018 • 29 min
In October, 2007, a crew of four Washington, DC firefighters nearly lost their lives in a preventable accident while fighting a house fire. Dennis Rubin was the Chef of DCFD at the time, and he joins us to explain what went wrong and why.
Tips for Incident Commanders with Jason Hoevelman
Jun 11, 2018 • 24 min
There’s an art to being a great incident commander, and Jason Hoevelmann stops by Code 3 to talk with Scott about what it takes, and what not to do.
Are You Afraid to be Alone With Your Thoughts? with Jada Hudson
Jun 7, 2018 • 15 min
If you’re like a lot of firefighters, you stay busy. That’s productive, right? But what if you’re staying busy to keep from dealing with emotional problems? That’s not so good. On this episode, therapist Jada Hudson explains why firefighters need to have…
SLAB SAVERS with Jesse Quinalty
Jun 4, 2018 • 20 min
In a world with SLICE-RS. RECEO, and REVAS, comes a new and potentially better acronym: SLAB SAVERS, Jesse Quinalty’s solution to firefighting mnemonics. Find out what it means on this episode.
What Burn Buildings Can Teach and What They Can’t with David Rhodes
May 31, 2018 • 21 min
Burn buildings are part of every firefighter’s training, but how worthwhile are they? What do we learn in them, and are those things valuable? David Rhodes explains why burn buildings aren’t always the best way to learn real-world tactics and how to fix…
Ballistic Vests for Firefighters with Kane Nixon
May 28, 2018 • 11 min
One of the unfortunate changes the fire service has seen in the last few years is a move toward equipping firefighters with ballistic vests and body armor. It’s a reality, though, and Kane Nixon tells us why his department issues them.
Better Than “First, Do No Harm” with Mike Rubin
May 24, 2018 • 18 min
What if there was a better standard for prehospital care than “First, Do No Harm?” Mike Rubin offers some alternative phrases that might make you think twice when you’re treating a patient.
Interagency Cooperation at Active-Shooter Scenes with Jim Morrissey
May 21, 2018 • 21 min
As active-shooter incidents become more common, firefighters are being asked to do EMS rescues in some situations that they never used to enter. Jim Morrissey explains how interagency cooperation will work in the current atmosphere of hazards.
When You Get Passed Over for a Promotion with Matt Tobia
May 17, 2018 • 24 min
There’s been a lot written on how to advance in the fire service, but not as much on what to do when you’re passed over for a promotion. Matt Tobia offers some tips for doing better the next time.
Using a Deck Gun on a House Fire with Paul Shapiro
May 14, 2018 • 15 min
There’s a certain sector of the fire service that advocates just slamming a fire with overwhelming water and getting an instant knockdown. Firmly in that camp is Paul Shapiro, who has been known to use a deck gun on some residential structure fires.
What Firefighters Know with Michael Morse
May 10, 2018 • 11 min
Everyday people don’t understand what firefighters see day in and day out. TV and movies have taught them that it’s mostly a heroic job where the victim almost always survives. Michael Morse tells us how he explains what firefighters know to civilians –…
Preventing Emergencies: Project Mayday with Don Abbott
May 7, 2018 • 15 min
A mayday is enough to send chills down a firefighter’s spine. For several years, Don Abbott’s “Project Mayday” has collected recordings of the radio traffic that precedes a mayday in an effort to find out what causes them so they can be prevented. Hear…
Attacked on a Run with Ben Vernon
May 3, 2018 • 27 min
Ben Vernon was a seasoned San Diego firefighter who was on top of his profession when he encountered unexpected trouble on a run: He was stabbed, nearly fatally, by a one-time prison knife fighter. How he recovered and beat PTSD to get back to work, on…
Tips for Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers with Candice McDonald
Apr 30, 2018 • 16 min
Finding and keeping volunteer firefighters is a challenge these days. For her doctoral thesis, firefighter Candice McDonald studied how successful departments do it and tells us what she found. They’re cheap or free ideas that you can apply to your…
High-Rise Firefighting Basics with Mike Terpak
Apr 26, 2018 • 14 min
Fighting a high-rise fire takes a considerable amount of pre-planning. Find out what guest Mike Terpak, a former Deputy Chief, says is important to plan for, and why he considers the elevator a “necessary evil” on this episode of Code 3.
Is a 270-degree Recon Enough? with Brian Butler
Apr 23, 2018 • 13 min
We’ve all heard a million times that a 360-degree recon is a must at a structure fire, but what happens when you can’t do one? Brian Butler has some real-world options.
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car Safety with Jennifer Hamilton
Apr 19, 2018 • 15 min
The newest cars on the road are hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, and they require an understanding of how they operate on the part of firefighters who respond to crashes involving them. Expert Jennifer Hamilton explains how they’re different than other cars…
Avoiding No Way Out Situations with John Cagno
Apr 16, 2018 • 18 min
A no-way—out situation is different from a mayday situation, says guest John Cagno, because avoiding the no-way-out is a firefighter’s own responsibility. Find out how he says they can be avoided.
Five Firehouse Leadership Tips with John M. Buckman III
Apr 12, 2018 • 25 min
John M. Buckman III gives us five tips we can use to become real leaders in the firehouse. They’re simple to apply and make an immediate difference in how you’ll be seen by other firefighters.
Finishing the AZ Fallen Firefighters Memorial with Rick DeGraw
Apr 9, 2018 • 13 min
The Arizona Fallen Firefighter and Paramedics Memorial is nearly paid for; it was built without any taxpayer dollars. Find out from Chairman Rick DeGraw how much is still needed and how you can contribute.
Stopping Confirmation Bias with Brian Schaeffer
Apr 5, 2018 • 18 min
Why don’t fire departments spend more time training ICs to run Type 5 structure fires? Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer says it’s time they did, and that simply letting officers learn on the job doesn’t cut it.
How to Visit Firehouses with Justin Schorr
Apr 2, 2018 • 12 min
If you like to visit firehouses while you’re on vacation, there are some unwritten rules of guest etiquette you may not think of—but just because you’re a firefighter, you shouldn’t feel like it’s okay to break them. Guest Justin Schorr reminds us of the…
Ending the Firefighter Suicide Crisis with Dena Ali
Mar 29, 2018 • 19 min
With the number of annual firefighter suicides now exceeding the number of LODDs annually, the crisis is being addressed in several ways that hold promise. Capt. Dena Ali of the Raleigh, NC FD has been studying the problem and explains some of the…
Eat Like Your Ancestors with Nick Holderbaum
Mar 26, 2018 • 15 min
If your diet seems like it’s slowing you down, you may want to try the Primal Blueprint. Firefighter Nick Holderbaum explains what it’s all about and how to eat like your ancestors on this episode.
Better Firefighter Career Planning with Billy D. Hayes
Mar 22, 2018 • 12 min
If you want a successful career in the fire service, you need to be prepared to do more than just go to a few seminars and training events. Billy D. Hayes, the chief program officer for the National Center for Fire and Life Safety gives us some tips on…
TRT: Ropes, new techniques, and training with Bob Duemmel
Mar 19, 2018 • 14 min
Rope rescue technology has made some major leaps in the past few years, but training may be lagging behind. Bob Duemmel gives us some tips for effective rope rescue in this episode.
How to Kill Your Firefighting Career Using Social Media with Marc Bashoor
Mar 15, 2018 • 13 min
Social media is responsible for untold numbers of cases of SMACS –Social Media Assisted Career Suicides. Find out how to avoid killing your own career with some advice from Chief Marc Bashoor (ret.), who tells us in this episode when it’s time to just…
The Mistake You Make in Every Argument with Dr. Liane Davey
Mar 12, 2018 • 16 min
When you live with your co-workers for 24-hours at a time, arguments are guaranteed to come up to come up. How you resolve them makes a huge difference to future relations.Dr. Liane Davey can show you how to argue without starting a war.
Live from Firehouse World / Thursday March 8
Mar 8, 2018 • 19 min
Live wrap up of the day’s events from San Diego
Live from Firehouse World 2018/Tuesday March 6
Mar 8, 2018 • 27 min
Coverage from Tuesday’s events at Firehouse World 2018 in San Diego
Live at Firehouse World 2018/Wednesday March 7
Mar 7, 2018 • 26 min
Day two wrap up from San Diego
Get ready for Firehouse World live coverage!
Mar 5, 2018 • 0 min
It’s Monday and that normally means a Code3 episode. But this week, we’re in San Diego for firehouse World 2018. So we don’t have a show for you today. But tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday, I’ll have live coverage from Firehouse World. Look for live video…
Code 3 Live at Firehouse World
Mar 2, 2018 • 0 min
Code 3 will have three days of live coverage of Firehouse World 2018, with wrap-up shows March 6, 7, and 8 at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern, from San Diego.
Fireground Weapons Selection with Curt Isakson
Mar 1, 2018 • 14 min
Picking the right-size line and matching it to the right nozzle for the type and size of structure on fire makes a huge difference. Battalion Chief Curt Isakson gives us some tips on what to use and when.
The Art of Reading Smoke with Phil Jose
Feb 26, 2018 • 12 min
The Art of Reading Smoke can make you job easier. It can also save your life. Deputy Chief Phil Jose from Seattle says that reading smoke can tell you a lot about how to fight the fire it’s coming from. *** Ever notice how there are Amazon links to order…
Firefighter Sleep Disorders with Dr. Sara Jahnke
Feb 22, 2018 • 9 min
The strange sleep schedules firefighters have may be bad for their health, says Dr. Sara Jahnke. She offers some advice on how to counteract the negative effects of waking up several times a night to go on runs.
Firefighter Concussions with Mat Blankenship
Feb 19, 2018 • 16 min
Mat Blankenship is a crusader in the fight to recognize concussions as a serious problem in the fire service. He believes they should be treated as a traumatic brain injury, not a minor inconvenience. After suffering a concussion himself during training,…
Officer in the Backseat with Robert Avsec
Feb 15, 2018 • 16 min
When Robert Avsec wrote a column for on the possible benefits of putting the company officer in the backseat of the rig, he had no idea that social media users would come out in (sometimes rude) force. He explains why he suggested the idea…
Better Engine Operations with Brian Gettemeier
Feb 12, 2018 • 17 min
Firefighter Brian Gettemeier joins Scott on this episode to discuss what great engineers do that makes them so valuable. After all, if the fire department wanted a truck driver, they’d recruit from a truck-driving school. There’s a lot more to know and be…
American Firefighter with Paul Mobley
Feb 8, 2018 • 14 min
Paul Mobley is the photographer behind the new coffee-table book, “American Firefighter,” and in this episode, we talk with him about what it took to create the book. He traveled the country, meeting and photographing firefighters. Find out which stories…
ROVER and Dante Gets a New Engine
Feb 5, 2018 • 16 min
Two segments in this show: A long-time volunteer firefighter, Captain Geoffrey Girodano at the Stevenson FD in Monroe CT, develops an advanced paging system for volunteers; and the Dante, SD Fire Chief Mike Kotab, talks about getting a new…
Firefighter Mental Health with David Wiklanski
Feb 1, 2018 • 13 min
Scott’s guest this episode is David Wiklanski, who joins him to examine mental health issues among firefighters. It’s a real problem, and saying “Just suck it up” isn’t helpful. Find out when it’s time to seek treatment. *** If you enjoy Code 3, then…
Preserving Traditions with Marc Aloan
Jan 29, 2018 • 12 min
Do you feel the traditions that made this career great slipping away? Lots of members of the fire service do. Lt. Marc Aloan has seen this happen and he’s out to fix it. He joins Scott to explain how we can preserve the past while moving into the future.…
Motivation to Train with Scott Peterson
Jan 25, 2018 • 10 min
What happens when the crew doesn’t feel like training? Scott Peterson is the guest this episode to talk about excuses why we don’t train and don’t want to train. And what to do about it. ***If you enjoy Code 3, then you’ll also like the Code 3 Bull…
Firefighter Fitness with Aaron Zamzow
Jan 22, 2018 • 17 min
Aaron Zamzow joins Scott to talk about firefighter fitness, why it’s not the same as other forms of fitness, and what exercises work best for keeping you in shape to fight fires.
Great Size-Ups with David DeStefano
Jan 18, 2018 • 13 min
A good on-arrival size-up can preparing incoming crews for what they’ll be doing, says David DeStefano. He gives us some tips for doing a great size-up.
Post-Incident Critiques with Dr. Harry Carter
Jan 15, 2018 • 17 min
The on-scene post-incident critique is an often-overlooked but very useful exercise, according to the episode’s guest, Dr. Harry Carter. With over 50 years’ experience in the fire service, Harry knows what works, and he says this idea works.
Millennials in the Fire Service with Rob Wylie
Jan 11, 2018 • 15 min
Millennials are new to the fire service culture, and while some call them “snowflakes,” our guest this time, Tom Wiley, says they can actually do the job very well.
Swiftwater Rescue with Tom Pendley
Jan 8, 2018 • 20 min
Swiftwater and Technical Rescue expert Tom Pendley joins Scott to discuss the hazards of flash flooding, what rescuers need to know, and the worst mistake in swiftwater rescue he saw in his career.
Small-City Department: Rockland, Maine with Chief Chris Whytock
Jan 4, 2018 • 15 min
We talk with Rockland, Maine Fire Chief Chris Whytock. A fan named Jared suggested we talk with him, so we did. He’s running a small-city department with a combination of career and volunteer firefighters and he loves it.
Happy New Year from Code 3!
Jan 1, 2018 • 1 min
There’s no show today. Happy New Year!
Community Paramedicine with Matt Zavadsky
Dec 28, 2017 • 18 min
The biggest buzzwords in EMS today are “community paramedicine.” It may allow firefighter/paramedics to concentrate on more urgent calls. Our guest is Matt Zavadsky, public affairs director at MedStar Mobile Healthcare.
Merry Christmas from Code 3!
Dec 25, 2017 • 0 min
There’s no show today. Merry Christmas!
Watching “Emergency!”
Dec 21, 2017 • 57 min
For our Christmas episode this year, we decided to take a look back at the seminal 1970s TV series “Emergency!” Scott sat down with three fire service professionals, Chief Scott Freitag, Battalion Chief Brad Davis, and probie Kayleen Weiland, all of the…
Rooftop Ops & Safety with Gary Bowker
Dec 18, 2017 • 22 min
Working on a roof can be dangerous, especially with the speed wood trusses and other members burn nowadays. But do you need to be on the roof at all? Is there a way to tell if one is nearing failure? Gary Bowker explains on this week’s Code 3.
Firefighters and Community Service with Daniel Byrne
Dec 14, 2017 • 17 min
You probably go out on runs (more like walks) to change smoke alarm batteries, but our guest on this show says fire departments can do so much more to serve their communities. Daniel Byrne is a big advocate of taking advantage of the goodwill the public…
Using the right hose & nozzle with Anthony Rowett, Jr.
Dec 11, 2017 • 12 min
Anthony Rowett, Jr. stops by Code 3 to discuss the need for using the proper hose size and nozzle for the specific kind of attack being made. Too often, he says, we chose the nozzle based on what we’ve been training with, not what’s best for the situation.
Volunteer Firefighters: Recruiting and Keeping them with Kevin Quinn
Dec 7, 2017 • 16 min
With 70 percent of the total U.S. firefighters being volunteers, it’s important to keep recruiting and retaining them. The NVFC’s Kevin Quinn joins us to explain how we can do that.
Extrication Tips with Dalan Zartman
Dec 4, 2017 • 18 min
Extrication expert Dalan Zartman talks about alternative ways to rip open cars and save trapped victims.
Firefighter Cancer Risk with Brian McQueen
Nov 30, 2017 • 13 min
Firefighters face an increased risk of developing any one of several types of cancer, and Brian McQueen is out to cut the number of victims. He’s our guest on Code 3 this time.
Getting Hired with Mike Pertz
Nov 27, 2017 • 11 min
The hiring process for firefighters is very competitive. This time, Mike Pertz, who runs the website, stops by to give us some tips for passing the written exam and then acing the interview phase.,
10th Annual Prescott Regional Company Officers Academy / Giving thanks
Nov 23, 2017 • 12 min
Scott visits the 10th Annual Company Officers’ Academy at the Central Arizona Regional Training Academy and sits in on some size-up classes. Plus, what firefighters are thankful for this Thanksgiving.
Fentanyl advisory for first responders with EMS Capt. Doug Niemynski
Nov 20, 2017 • 10 min
Discussing the dangers of fentanyl for first responders with Central AZ Fire & Medical Authority EMS Capt. Doug Niemynski
Obsolete EMS stuff with paramedic Kelly Grayson
Nov 16, 2017 • 21 min
Paramedic Kelly Grayson joins Scott to talk about the tools and techniques that were the latest and greatest thing 20 years ago but are no longer around.
Five Things Company Officers Should Never Say with Linda Willing
Nov 9, 2017 • 15 min
There’s a lot more to being a company officer than just doing more paperwork. Consultant Linda Willing stops by Code 3 to talk about how what you say affects morale among the crew, and gives examples of especially harmful phrases. **Please support this…
Mistakes New Engineers Make with Capt. Jim Spell, Vail, Colorado Fire (Ret.)
Nov 2, 2017 • 28 min
Once you pass the Engineer’s exam and they hand you the certificate, you might be tempted to believe you know everything about the job. But there’s still a lot to learn, and Jim Spell joins us this week to explain some of those things. **Please support…
Five-Alarm Leadership with Fire Chief Rick Lasky (ret.)
Oct 26, 2017 • 25 min
Rick Lasky is our guest on Code 3 this week, discussing his program, Five-Alarm Leadership and a bit about the late Alan Brunacini, who recognized the importance of customer service in this profession early on.
“Only the Brave ” Review with Brendan McDonough and Pat McCarty
Oct 19, 2017 • 15 min
Scott reviews the film about the Granite Mountain Hotshots, “Only the Brave” and talks with Yarnell Hill survivor Brendan Mc Donough and former hotshot Pat McCarty.
Extra: Amanda Marsh on “Only the Brave”
Oct 15, 2017 • 19 min
Amanda Marsh, the widow of Granite Mountain Hotshots’ Superintendent Eric Marsh discusses what she thought of the film “Only the Brave, which features both Eric and Amanda prominently. She also talks about why she formed the Eric Marsh Foundation for…
“Only the Brave:” Hotshots’ Widows React
Oct 12, 2017 • 8 min
On Oct. 20, 2017, a major motion picture, titled, “Only the Brave,” that tells the story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, who lost 19 of the 20 men on the crew at Yarnell Hill in 2013, hits theaters across the nation.This week on Code 3, we talk with the…
Why NOT to become a firefighter with Deputy Chief Steve Prziborowski, Santa Clara Co. (CA) Fire Dept.
Oct 5, 2017 • 17 min
There are good reasons to become a firefighter and the are bad ones. Deputy Chief Steve Prziborowski of the Santa Clara County (CA) Fire Dept. explains the difference on this episode. **Become a patron of Code 3. Just go to to…
Vehicle Electrical Safety with University of Extrication’s Ron Moore
Sep 28, 2017 • 13 min
Today’s cars can be dangerous to a first responder. The latest technology to make your job tougher is “auto stop-start,” which can cause a crashed vehicle to suddenly start moving. That could mean a very bad day for you if you’re in front of the car. Find…
Pumping Mistakes with BC Robert Avsec (Ret.)
Sep 21, 2017 • 21 min
Retired Battalion Chief Robert Avsec discusses some mistakes that engineers may make when operating on the fireground and how to avoid them.
Leading Humans wiith Phoenix Fire Chief Alan Brunacini (Ret.)
Sep 14, 2017 • 17 min
Legendary former Phoenix Fire Chief Alan Brunacini stops by to talk leadership, both in the fire service and beyond. Since his retirement 10 years ago, he’s been touring the country, giving seminars on the topic.
Apparatus Safety with Woodstock Ontario Firefighter Mark van der Feyst
Sep 7, 2017 • 12 min
Author Mark van der Feyst stops by Code 3 this week to discuss apparatus safety on the fireground, The reminders he gives us could save the life of a firefighter. ***Don’t forget, the Code 3 app for Android phones is now available. Go to…
“Firefighter-the Next 48 Hours:” A new video by Avondale Ariz. Firefighter Kyle Winterstein
Aug 31, 2017 • 13 min
Avondale Arizona Firefighter Kyle Winterstein has produced a great new ‘day-in-the-life” video about his department. It took seven months and he had to learn new skills to do it.
My Scariest Call: Central AZ Fire & Medical Authority BC Brad Davis
Aug 24, 2017 • 12 min
Battalion Chief Brad Davis joined the fire service in 1991 as a reserve. His scariest call came a few years later, when he and a much more experienced colleague went into a burning house to rescue a woman. The result was a story to be told and re-told in…
Steve Gunn, Peoria Ariz firefighter, to receive Medal of Honor
Aug 17, 2017 • 13 min
Peoria Fire-Medical Department Engineer Stephen Gunn has been named as one of 12 public safety officers to be awarded the Public Safety Medal of Valor by the United States Attorney General. He risked his life, and was just seconds away from serious…
SAFER Grant Assistance with Prescott Ariz. Fire Battalion Chief Cory Moser
Aug 10, 2017 • 20 min
The SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant has saved many struggling fire departments pay for enough people to staff full shifts. But what happens when these non-renewable grants run out? Prescott Ariz Fire Battalion Chief Cory…
Fireground Safety: Prescott Fire BC Scott Luedeman
Aug 3, 2017 • 15 min
Every year, 30,000 firefighters are injured on firegrounds. How some of those accidents can be avoided is the topic this week with Prescott Fire Battalion Chief Scott Luedeman.
Job Description: EMS Captain with Doug Niemynski, Central Ariz. Fire & Medical
Jul 27, 2017 • 9 min
Central Arizona Fire & Medical Authority EMS Captain Doug Niemynski describes what his job entails and talks about what emergency medical training helps prospective firefighters get hired.
Finding Female Firefighters: Phoenix Fire Capt. Reda Bigler
Jul 20, 2017 • 13 min
Just 4 percent of Phoenix (Ariz) firefighters are women, and the department is actively recruiting more female firefighters. Capt. Reda Bigler discuss how and why they’re doing that. **Don’t forget to get our new Code 3 app. It’s available for Android…
New Ideas with Mesa Ariz. Fire & Medical Chief Mary Cameli
Jul 13, 2017 • 17 min
Mesa (Ariz) Fire & Medical Department Chief Mary Cameli is facing the same budget problems as most department are having these days, but she’s overcoming them with some new ideas, proving once again that necessity is, indeed, the mother of invention.…
The EMS Question
Jul 6, 2017 • 31 min
Should fire departments continues to handle EMS calls? Or should private ambulance companies take it over? Would it save cities money do to that? Join Scott as he discusses the realities of the situation with Prescott, Ariz Fire Chief Dennis Light and…
Granite Mountain Hotshots LODD: The Aftermath with former Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo
Jun 29, 2017 • 35 min
As we commemorate the fourth anniversary of the LODD of 19 of the 20 members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, we talk with the man in the middle of the events in June and July 2013: Former Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo. He speaks frankly…
Firefighter Education: Engineer Eric Merrill, Central Arizona Fire & Medical
Jun 22, 2017 • 11 min
Today’s firefighters need a college education. Once upon a time, a man went to the academy, and jumped on the engine and learned on the job. Engineer Eric Merrill explains how and why that’s changed.
Prescott Fire Dept. History: Firefighter/Paramedic Conrad Jackson
Jun 15, 2017 • 28 min
Firefighting in the old days was wild and sometime,s violent, as competing fire companies tried to be the first to respond. Money was on the line, and these guys wanted the money. Prescott firefighter Conrad Jackson wrote a book about his department’s…
Recruiting Volunteers: Chief Robert Rielage, Wyoming, Ohio Fire (ret.)
Jun 8, 2017 • 23 min
It’s getting tougher to recruit volunteer firefighters these days, and Chief Robert Rielage says it might be because people don’t even realize they’re served by volunteer departments. On this episode of Code 3, he talks about ways to recruit and retain an…
Building a Firefighter-Nathan Green, Central Ariz. Fire & Medical
Jun 1, 2017 • 11 min
Lots of kids wanted to be a firefighter when they grew up, and then became one.Not Nathan Green. He decided in college to give it a try and then knew it was the career for him.Scott talks with Nathan this week and finds out why he joined the fire service.
Small-town EMS woes: Capt. Tom Haney, Mayer AZ Fire
May 25, 2017 • 7 min
Mayer Fire Capt. Tom Haney discusses how his department deals with EMS responses, when having two runs at the same time can mean he responds to EMS calls alone.
Firefighters and PTSD: Capt. Jeremiah King, Central Ariz. Fire & Medical Authority
May 18, 2017 • 17 min
Central Arizona Fire’s Jeremiah King talks Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in firefighters, his role in an Honor Guard, and why he likes being married to a firefighter, even though she’s on a different shift schedule.
Barry Furey on Next Gen 911
May 11, 2017 • 15 min
Our current 911 system is built on the backbone of 1960s technology, and it’s going to have to be re-built from the ground up. Communications consultant Barry Furey talks about what that means to first responders and their communities.
Joe Woyjeck, LA Co. Fire Museum, on bidding for Granite Mtn. Hotshots vehicles
May 9, 2017 • 11 min
Joe Woyjeck, VP of the LA County Fire Museum and father of fallen Granite Mountain Hotshot Kevin Woyjeck, talks about why he feels it’s important for the museum to win the bid for the Hotshots’ vehicles, known as buggies, in a City of Prescott auction.
Chief Gary Ludwig, Champaign, IL, Fire Dept. on EMS Realities
May 4, 2017 • 19 min
Chief Gary Ludwig of the Champaign, Illinois fire department, discusses the realities of providing EMS in the 21st century.
The Probies: Samantha Vargas and Kayleen Weiland
Apr 27, 2017 • 10 min
Remember when you were a probie? Whether you loved it or couldn’t wait for your year to be up, no one ever forgets it. This week, we talk with two women in the first year on the job and find out what they think so far.
Fire Ops 101: Brian Burch, Central Arizona Fire & Medical Authority
Apr 20, 2017 • 12 min
Does your agency hold a “civilian academy?” You might want to consider it. Central Arizona Fire & Medical Authority Capt. Brian Burch explains how and why they do theirs as an annual event.
Scott Freitag, Chief, Central Arizona Fire & Medical Authority
Apr 13, 2017 • 21 min
Chief Scott Freitag discussed what it took to create Arizona’s first Fire Authority and why; how he deals with staffing below NFPA standards while still responding to all-hazards; and why he’s looking at smaller fire engines in the future.
Kevin Keith, firefighter/paramedic, Prescott Ariz. Fire Dept.
Apr 6, 2017 • 15 min
Captain Kevin Keith is a 17-year veteran of the Prescott Fire Dept. He’s technical rescue and hazmat qualified, and that’s good, because one day on the job at his station can include a structure fire, a hazmat situation, a rope-rescue assignment in the…
Eric Kriwer, Chief, Mayer Ariz. Fire District
Mar 31, 2017 • 20 min
Eric Kriwer is a 30-year veteran of the fire service, who has held just about every fire-related job you can have. He worked at the small Mayer Fire District a decade ago, move on, and now he’s back to lead the operation. His group has some of the same…
Dennis Light, Chief, Prescott Ariz. Fire Department
Mar 31, 2017 • 19 min
In our premiere episode,we talk with Chief Dennis Light, who took over the Prescott, Arizona Fire Department less than a year after 19 city firefighters, members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, were killed fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire.…