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EmergencyFD Storyline

EmergencyFD Storyline's focus is to tell the stories of those in the fire service and to highlight what matters to our first responders. Whether you are a first responder or a person interested in the world of firefighting, emergency medical services, or first responders, EmergencyFD Storyline's goal is to educate, inform, and inspire you with the work of our modern day heroes. Hear the stories from fire service leaders to the rank-n-file. EmergencyFD creator Tom Mann talks with real people sharing real world stories and perspectives on the job.

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The Firefighter Next Door
The Firefighter Next DoorAs a kid, I wanted to be a firefighter. I think a lot of people dream of being a firefighter. But only the few have the chance and only the few can be firefighters.  In my neighborhood growing up, there lived "the firefighter".  He was that hero I admired.  He was a big man, a strong man, a passionate man, a man of conviction, a man of service....  He was a firefighter... and one of the first paramedics.  For years, he also, served as a pastor and fire Chaplin.  He was instrumental in what I am doing right now.   His name is Rhesa Davis--The Firefighter Next Door.-Tom MannExecutive Producer/HostStorylines guests include:  Rhesa Davis, Retired Memphis FirefighterBill Adelman- Photo of Rhesa Davis(Part of the Adelman's History of the Fire Department on Facebook)Support EmergencyFD Storyline at emergencyfd.comSupport the show (https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=4ZST3HRUMZG36)Go to emergencyfd.com for more podcasts.Email EmergencyFD Storyline:  storyline@emergencyfd.comPPE provided to the EmergencyFD video team by MSAAt MSA, our business is safety. Our core fire service products include the revolutionary G1 SCBA, Cairns® fire helmets, Globe® turnout gear and boots, ALTAIR® portable gas detection instruments, Evolution® TICs, and the all-new LUNAR search and rescue device. Learn more at
34:47 08/09/2022
The Storyline Story
THE STORYLINE STORY:   You know his voice but do you know the man?  Why would a man with years of experience in radio and television take an interest in the world of firefighting and emergency services?What is this thing called EmergencyFD and the reason for this podcast.... EmergencyFD Storyline?The tables turn.... the interviewer host Tom Mann becomes the interviewee.  Danni Synot interviews Tom Mann about the story of EmergencyFD and this podcast.   Danni Synot is the Founder and CEO of Brave Enough (www.braveenough.org) based in Geelong, Victoria, Australia.  Danni co-hosts a podcast called "Brave Conversations" with EmergencyFD’s  Storyline host Tom Mann.Storylines guests include:  Tom MannExecutive Producer/Creator/HostEmergencyFD Storyline Special Thanks to:Danni Synot, Geelong, Australiawww.braveenough.orgSupport EmergencyFD Storyline at emergencyfd.comSupport the show (https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=4ZST3HRUMZG36)Go to emergencyfd.com for more podcasts.Email EmergencyFD Storyline:  storyline@emergencyfd.comPPE provided to the EmergencyFD video team by MSAAt MSA, our business is safety. Our core fire service products include the revolutionary G1 SCBA, Cairns® fire helmets, Globe® turnout gear and boots, ALTAIR® portable gas detection instruments, Evolution® TICs, and the all-new LUNAR search and rescue device. Learn more at
31:13 05/14/2022
Bad Ax Ladies
"BAD AX LADIES":  Two second generation firefighters mentoring young women to join the fire service.They are called the Bad Ax Ladies from the Carbondale Fire Department in Carbondale, Illinois.   Two firefighters who took the initiative to start a program to encourage and mentor young women who may be considering a career in firefighting.  But  that is not the whole story.  My guests know firefighting…Its' been passed down from their dads…. You might say  “The Family Business”.Firefighter Courtney Looft and firefighter Abby Burnham are second generation firefighters. In this podcast they will share their stories of hard work and will answer some tough questions about what it’s like to be women in the fire service. These trailblazers give us the details about a program they’ve coined "Bad Ax Ladies" in Carbondale, Illinois.Tom MannHost & Executive ProducerEMERGENCYFD STORYLINE  Storylines guests include:   Firefighter Courtney Looft Carbondale Fire DepartmentCarbondale, IllinoisFirefighter Abby BurnhamCarbondale Fire DepartmentCarbondale, IllinoisSpecial Thanks to:Chief Mike Hertz, Carbondale, IllinoisSupport EmergencyFD Storyline at emergencyfd.comSupport the show (https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=4ZST3HRUMZG36)Go to emergencyfd.com for more podcasts.Email EmergencyFD Storyline:  storyline@emergencyfd.comPPE provided to the EmergencyFD video team by MSAAt MSA, our business is safety. Our core fire service products include the revolutionary G1 SCBA, Cairns® fire helmets, Globe® turnout gear and boots, ALTAIR® portable gas detection instruments, Evolution® TICs, and the all-new LUNAR search and rescue device. Learn more at
47:27 04/23/2022
Words From The Wise
"WORDS FROM THE WISE":  The voice of a firefighter with decades of experience.Chief John Reagan began his career in the fire service at a time when most firefighters were called leather lungs or smoke eaters.  He worked at a time of great change for the fire service.Despite advances in fire tech, SOPs, apparatus, etc., the job remains the same.  It takes a special person to run into danger while others are running out. Chief John Reagan is one of those individuals .Now retired, Chief John Reagan shares his stories, experience, and wisdom about firefighting. "The words from the wise" …… THAT’S OUR STORYLINE-Tom MannHost & Executive ProducerEMERGENCYFD STORYLINE  Storylines guests include:   Chief John Reagan- Retired, Memphis Fire DepartmentMemphis, TenesseeSpecial Thanks to:Justin Cupples, firefighter, Memphis Fire Department(for sharing the story of his neighbor John Reagan)Bill Adelman- Photo of John Reagan(Part of the Adelman's History of the Fire Department)Support EmergencyFD Storyline at emergencyfd.comSupport the show (https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=4ZST3HRUMZG36)Go to emergencyfd.com for more podcasts.Email EmergencyFD Storyline:  storyline@emergencyfd.comPPE provided to the EmergencyFD video team by MSAAt MSA, our business is safety. Our core fire service products include the revolutionary G1 SCBA, Cairns® fire helmets, Globe® turnout gear and boots, ALTAIR® portable gas detection instruments, Evolution® TICs, and the all-new LUNAR search and rescue device. Learn more at
68:13 03/01/2022
2nd Gen Firefighter
Firefighting is a calling…. a commitment to serve others.  It is also a commitment to serve one another within the fire family.  Despite its’ traditions, firefighting is also a commitment to a lifetime of learning, training, and working hard so you can be on top of your game when duty calls. My guest is Bobby Williams a second generation firefighter.  The first time I met him…. I said to myself…”now, that is a firefighter”.   He looked the part!  He talked the talk and walked the walk. When you are a second generation firefighter,  you carry the traditions and the passion to serve your community and your brothers and sisters in the fire service.  My guest is an active member of the Metropolis Fire Department located in Metropolis Illinois, a training officer,  and an  instructor for the Illinois Fire Service Institute.  He works hard and is always learning.  His father was a Firefighter and he is a firefighter.  Firefighter Williams  lives with a deep passion for the job.   He is a firefighter’s firefighter……He is 2nd Gen……That’s our Storyline…-Tom MannHost & Executive ProducerEMERGENCYFD STORYLINE  Storylines guests include:   Bobby Williams- Metropolis Fire DepartmentMetropolis, IllinoisGo to emergencyfd.com for more podcasts.Support EmergencyFD Storyline at emergencyfd.comEmail EmergencyFD Storyline:  storyline@emergencyfd.comSupport the show (https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=4ZST3HRUMZG36)PPE provided to the EmergencyFD video team by MSAAt MSA, our business is safety. Our core fire service products include the revolutionary G1 SCBA, Cairns® fire helmets, Globe® turnout gear and boots, ALTAIR® portable gas detection instruments, Evolution® TICs, and the all-new LUNAR search and rescue device.PPE provided to the EmergencyFD video team by MSAAt MSA, our business is safety. Our core fire service products include the revolutionary G1 SCBA, Cairns® fire helmets, Globe® turnout gear and boots, ALTAIR® portable gas detection instruments, Evolution® TICs, and the all-new LUNAR search and rescue device. Learn more at Support the show(https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=4ZST3HRUMZG36)PPE provided to the EmergencyFD video team by MSAAt MSA, our business is safety. Our core fire service products include the revolutionary G1 SCBA, Cairns® fire helmets, Globe® turnout gear and boots, ALTAIR® portable gas detection instruments, Evolution® TICs, and the all-new LUNAR search and rescue device. Learn more at
44:40 12/21/2021
Innovative Firefighting: The Volunteer Heroes
When I moved from the big city to a rural community,  I suspected that the fire department here had to operate differently.  From my first day in the area, I started noticing many differences. I didn’t see any fire hydrants and I knew my residential water came from a pretty small water department.  It seemed there was always a brush fire or some type of structure fire off in the distance. Less than a half mile down the road from my home, I saw a fire station…. next to a major interstate. Almost everyday, a fire engine roared by my house followed by a tanker. The sides of the apparatus read "WCFPD."  That was about the extent of my knowledge about this fire department... until a few months later...when my, then, 18 year old son started volunteering as a fire fighter there.Williamson County Fire Protection District or WCFPD may be small when compared to big city fire departments but I soon discovered that it is actually an amazing fire department and serves it's community well here in Southern Illinois.  Their  training, the emergency response… is second to none…..which includes Hazmat, Aircraft Rescue  and Firefighting (ARFF), wild land firefighting, rescue…. automotive , structure fires of any size…. and always some unique calls that are found only in rural America.   To provide such a service to the community takes leadership.  Williamson County Fire Protection District has that experienced leadership …. and many are volunteers.  In this Emergency FD storyline podcast, I talk to the man at the top… Chief Jeremy Norris.Innovative Firefighting: The Volunteer Heroes…-Tom MannHost & Executive ProducerEMERGENCYFD STORYLINE  Storylines guests include:   Chief Jeremy Norris- Williamson County Fire Protection DistrictWilliamson County, IllinoisGo to emergencyfd.com for more podcasts.Support EmergencyFD Storyline at emergencyfd.comEmail EmergencyFD Storyline:  storyline@emergencyfd.comSupport the show (https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=4ZST3HRUMZG36)PPE provided to the EmergencyFD video team by MSAAt MSA, our business is safety. Our core fire service products include the revolutionary G1 SCBA, Cairns® fire helmets, Globe® turnout gear and boots, ALTAIR® portable gas detection instruments, Evolution® TICs, and the all-new LUNAR search and rescue device.PPE provided to the EmergencyFD video team by MSAAt MSA, our business is safety. Our core fire service products include the revolutionary G1 SCBA, Cairns® fire helmets, Globe® turnout gear and boots, ALTAIR® portable gas detection instruments, Evolution® TICs, and the all-new LUNAR search and rescue device. Learn more at
45:37 10/07/2021
THE REALITY OF THE JOB- WHEN YOUR CUP RUNS OVER
This edition of EmergencyFD Storyline is called "THE REALITY OF THE JOB...WHEN YOUR CUP RUNS OVER."WHEN THE JOB GET’S TOO REAL... WHEN YOU CANT TAKE IT ANYMORE... WHEN YOU CANT ENJOY THE SIMPLE THINGS IN LIFE...  WHEN YOU CANT TURN IT OFF...  POST TRAUMATIC STRESS. EVERYONE EXPERIENCES  IT TO SOME DEGREE ON THE JOB BUT POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER OR PTSD IS ANOTHER THING.  THIS INTERVIEW’S PURPOSE IS TO HELP START THE CONVERSATION.  YOU ARE NOT ALONE.   IF YOU NEED HELP,   SEEK OUT PROFESSIONAL HELP.-Tom MannHost & Executive ProducerEMERGENCYFD STORYLINE  Tom Mann sits down with his son,  Memphis Firefighter, Thomas Mann Jr, to have a father-son chat about  the reality of the job.  This frank discussion brings up suicide, post traumatic stress, and how to get help.  This is part two of an interview with Memphis Firefighter, Thomas Mann Jr.If you need help, seek out professional help from your fire department or local fire union.  There are  also resources online such as:https://allclearfoundation.orgStorylines guests include:    Thomas Mann Jr.- Firefighter/Advanced EMT, Memphis Fire DepartmentGo to emergencyfd.com for more podcasts.Support EmergencyFD Storyline at emergencyfd.comEmail EmergencyFD Storyline:  storyline@emergencyfd.comSupport the show (https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=4ZST3HRUMZG36)PPE provided to the EmergencyFD video team by MSAAt MSA, our business is safety. Our core fire service products include the revolutionary G1 SCBA, Cairns® fire helmets, Globe® turnout gear and boots, ALTAIR® portable gas detection instruments, Evolution® TICs, and the all-new LUNAR search and rescue device. Learn more at
38:50 08/23/2021
THE MAKING OF A FIREFIGHTER
This edition of EmergencyFD Storyline is called "THE MAKING OF A FIREFIGHTER.""WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A FIREFIGHTER?   HOW DO YOU START?   .  THIS INTERVIEW IS ABOUT AS CLOSE TO HOME AS IT GETS.  I'VE WATCHED A KID PLAYING AT BEING A  FIREFIGHTER GROW INTO A MAN AND GO ON TO BECOME ONE OF THE BEST OF THE BEST…. AND THE JOURNEY WAS NOT EASY.   I SAT DOWN IN MY STUDIO TO GET HIS STORY.  HE’S BEEN ON THE JOB SINCE HE WAS 18 AND NOW HE IS IN HIS THIRD DECADE OF LIFE.   SOME CALL HIM "JR.,"  SOME CALL HIM "THOMAS" OR "TOM."  I CALL HIM "RUSS"…. AND HE IS MY SON.   THIS IS PART ONE OF AN INTERVIEW WITH FIREFIGHTER, THOMAS MANN JR.   PRESENTLY, HE  WORKS WITH THE MEMPHIS FIRE DEPARTMENT  ON A SPECIAL TEAM CALLED "SORT" (SPECIAL OPERATION RESCUE TEAM.)  AS A FATHER, I AM VERY PROUD OF THE JOURNEY HE HAS TAKEN TO SERVE OTHERS.   THIS IS HIS STORY AND IT DEMONSTRATES THE KIND OF CHARACTER IT TAKES TO BECOME A FIREFIGHTER.  IT TAKES HARD WORK AND DETERMINATION. THIS IS THE STORY OF ONE FIREFIGHTER...AND HIS JOURNEY TO GET THERE."-Tom MannHost & Executive ProducerEMERGENCYFD STORYLINE  Tom Mann sits down with his son,  Memphis Firefighter Thomas Mann Jr, to share his journeyfrom the beginning of his firefighter career as a volunteer, USAF firefighter, to being a team member of the Special Operation Rescue Team in Memphis.  Storylines guests include:    Thomas Mann Jr.- Firefighter/Advanced EMT, Memphis Fire DepartmentGo to emergencyfd.com for more podcasts.Support EmergencyFD Storyline at emergencyfd.comEmail EmergencyFD Storyline:  storyline@emergencyfd.comPPE provided to the EmergencyFD video team by MSAAt MSA, our business is safety. Our core fire service products include the revolutionary G1 SCBA, Cairns® fire helmets, Globe® turnout gear and boots, ALTAIR® portable gas detection instruments, Evolution® TICs, and the all-new LUNAR search and rescue device. Learn more at
60:09 07/30/2021
FIRE OPS 101: SHARING THE JOB
This edition of EmergencyFD Storyline is called "FIRE OPS 101: SHARING THE JOB."Check out the video overview of the Fire OPS 101 story recorded in Carbondale, Illinois.Click this link:  https://youtu.be/b8jRvpOr7Ss"SINCE I FIRST STARTED THIS PODCAST, I HAVE WANTED TO SHARE THIS STORY-THE STORY OF HOW A  LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT TEAMED UP WITH THEIR FIRE UNION AND MADE AN IMPACT ON LOCAL AREA GOVERNMENT LEADERS AND THE MEDIA.  HONESTLY, I WAS IMPRESSED BECAUSE I WAS THERE.   AT THE TIME I WAS IN MANAGEMENT AT A LOCAL TELEVISION NEWS STATION. BUT WHEN I HEARD ABOUT DOING A STORY INVOLVING FIREFIGHTERS AND FIRE,  I TOOK OFF MY SUIT, PUT ON MY TURNOUTS, AND WITH CAMERA IN HAND, I FILMED AND EXPERIENCED THE "FIRE OPS 101" HOSTED BY THE CARBONDALE FIRE DEPARTMENT IN CARBONDALE, ILLINOIS."-Tom MannHost & Executive ProducerEMERGENCYFD STORYLINE  Tom Mann sits down with Chief Mike Hertz, Firefighter and IAFF Local 1961 President Matt Wozniak, City Manager Gary Williams, and Public Relations Officer Ronnie LeForge as they share the Fire OPS 101 experience hosted by the City of Carbondale, Illinois.Storylines guests include:    Mike Hertz- CHIEF, Carbondale Fire DepartmentMatt Wozniak-Firefighter/IAFF Local 1961 PresidentGary Wiliams- City Manager, City of CarbondaleRoni LeForge- Public Relations Officer, City of CarbondaleGo to emergencyfd.com for more podcasts.Support EmergencyFD Storyline at emergencyfd.comEmail EmergencyFD Storyline:  storyline@emergencyfd.comSupport the show (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=KQT45QEWUR4QA&source=url)Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=KQT45QEWUR4QA&source=url)Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=4ZST3HRUMZG36)PPE provided to the EmergencyFD video team by MSAAt MSA, our business is safety. Our core fire service products include the revolutionary G1 SCBA, Cairns® fire helmets, Globe® turnout gear and boots, ALTAIR® portable gas detection instruments, Evolution® TICs, and the all-new LUNAR search and rescue device. Learn more at
40:48 06/01/2021
Standing Tall When You Take A Fall
This edition of EmergencyFD Storyline is called "Standing Tall When You Take A Fall." Bobby Qualls began his career with the Memphis Fire Department in 1986.  Bobby rose though the ranks as a member of the 14's and 7's Engine house to become a lieutenant in on Rescue 2 and 3 in Special Operations.  Two of Bobby's gifts is his humor and practical approach to problem solving in the fire service. Tom Mann sits down with Bobby Qualls as he shares his memories, humor, and years of experience in tough situations.  One situation involved an unexpected accident that came close to ending his  life.  Lt. Bobby Qualls recovered from  the his injuries and and continued to work until he retired. Storylines guests include:   Bobby Qualls- Retired Lieutenant , Memphis Fire DepartmentGo to emergencyfd.com for more podcasts.Support EmergencyFD Storyline at emergencyfd.comEmail EmergencyFD Storyline:  storyline@emergencyfd.comSupport the show (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=KQT45QEWUR4QA&source=url)Support the show (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=KQT45QEWUR4QA&source=url)PPE provided to the EmergencyFD video team by MSAAt MSA, our business is safety. Our core fire service products include the revolutionary G1 SCBA, Cairns® fire helmets, Globe® turnout gear and boots, ALTAIR® portable gas detection instruments, Evolution® TICs, and the all-new LUNAR search and rescue device. Learn more at
34:46 04/13/2021
The Cost Of Being A Firefighter
This edition of EmergencyFD Storyline is called "THE COST OF BEING A FIREFIGHTER."His name is Jim Cunningham.  He's been called a "firefighter's firefighter."  The new guys call him one of the legends.  Now retired, Jim shares his experience as a lieutenant of one of the busiest fire companies in the United States, Memphis' Engine 7.In the 1990s Engine 7 became the catalyst for major changes in the Memphis Fire Department when two of its members paid the ultimate price in giving their lives while saving others. One of those two brave firefighters was Jim's best friend, Larry Mathis.Tom Mann sits down with Jim Cunningham as he draws from decades of experience with the Memphis Fire Department.  Jim shares his memories, emotions, and about the cost of being a firefighter.Storylines guests include:   Jim Cunningham- Retired Lieutenant , Memphis Fire DepartmentGo to emergencyfd.com for more podcasts.Support EmergencyFD Storyline at emergencyfd.comEmail EmergencyFD Storyline:  storyline@emergencyfd.comSupport the show (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=KQT45QEWUR4QA&source=url)PPE provided to the EmergencyFD video team by MSAAt MSA, our business is safety. Our core fire service products include the revolutionary G1 SCBA, Cairns® fire helmets, Globe® turnout gear and boots, ALTAIR® portable gas detection instruments, Evolution® TICs, and the all-new LUNAR search and rescue device. Learn more at
60:34 02/05/2021
Surviving The Unthinkable-Part Two
This edition of EmergencyFD Storyline is called "SURVIVING THE UNTHINKABLE."Hear the story of one firefighter's second by second account of an active shooter situation. He survived but the firefighter next to him and the firefighter behind him did not. Don't miss this inspiring story of his survival and learning to live with memories of the unthinkable.This EmergencyFD Storyline audio podcast is part two of a two part series."I see him fall.  I hear glass popping.  It was seconds later when the nozzelman said...  Hey George, someone is shooting at us.... 24 seconds." -George LangstonIn part one  of SURVIVING THE UNTHINKABLE,  George Langston sets the scene of the event that changed his life as a firefighter.  In part two,  George Langston discusses his struggle with survivor's guilt and his battle to move forward with life.  Now retired from the Memphis Fire Department, he continues to live a full life, inspiring others with his openness about his experiences.Storylines guests include:   George Langston- Retired Lieutenant , Memphis Fire DepartmentGo to emergencyfd.com for more podcasts.Support EmergencyFD Storyline at emergencyfd.comEmail EmergencyFD Storyline:  storyline@emergencyfd.comPPE provided to the EmergencyFD video team by MSAAt MSA, our business is safety. Our core fire service products include the revolutionary G1 SCBA, Cairns® fire helmets, Globe® turnout gear and boots, ALTAIR® portable gas detection instruments, Evolution® TICs, and the all-new LUNAR search and rescue device. Learn more at
31:21 12/08/2020
Surviving The Unthinkable-Part One
This edition of EmergencyFD Storyline is called "SURVIVING THE UNTHINKABLE."Hear the story of one firefighter's second by second account of an active shooter situation. He survived but the firefighter next to him and the firefighter behind him did not. Don't miss this inspiring story of his survival and learning to live with memories of the unthinkable.This EmergencyFD Storyline audio podcast is part one of a two part series."I see him fall.  I hear glass popping.  It was seconds later when the nozzelman said...  Hey George, someone is shooting at us.... 24 seconds." -George LangstonIn part one  of SURVIVING THE UNTHINKABLE,  George Langston sets the scene of the event that changed his life as a firefighter.  In part two,  George Langston discusses his struggle with survivor's guilt and his battle to move forward with life.  Now retired from the Memphis Fire Department, he continues to live a full life, inspiring others with his openness about his experiences.Storylines guests include:   George Langston- Retired Lieutenant , Memphis Fire DepartmentGo to emergencyfd.com for more podcasts.Support EmergencyFD Storyline at emergencyfd.comEmail EmergencyFD Storyline:  storyline@emergencyfd.comPPE provided to the EmergencyFD video team by MSAAt MSA, our business is safety. Our core fire service products include the revolutionary G1 SCBA, Cairns® fire helmets, Globe® turnout gear and boots, ALTAIR® portable gas detection instruments, Evolution® TICs, and the all-new LUNAR search and rescue device. Learn more at
31:55 11/26/2020
The MEDIA: Friend or Foe?
This edition of EmergencyFD Storyline is called "MEDIA-Friend or Foe?" The media/mass communications is changing by the minute.  Smart phones and social media make every event live. Every cell phone and every citizen can broadcast an emergency event or feed a live stream to a local/national broadcaster.  Local tv news is highly competitive and competes to be first on the scene and live. First responders are stage center at almost every event. Crafting your message is part of the job for the fire service."You can't control the media... you're not going to do it. You can control your message you get out to the media"- Mike SnufferMike Snuffer is an experienced reporter, anchor, producer, and news director . Executive Producer Tom Mann talks with Mike Snuffer about the news media and Mike's insights covering emergency events.  With decades of media experience, Tom and Mike reveal some insights on how to understand tv news and work with the media to craft your message.Storylines guest include:   Mike Snuffer-Assistant News Director KFVSGo to emergencyfd.com for more podcasts.Support EmergencyFD Storyline at emergencyfd.comEmail EmergencyFD Storyline:  storyline@emergencyfd.comSupport the show (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=KQT45QEWUR4QA&source=url)Add a TranscriptGet episode better indexed by search engines.Add Chapter MarkersListeners can tap through & see what’s coming up.Create a Visual SoundbiteBest way to share to social media for engagement.Share Episode On FacebookTwitterLinkedInMore OptionsEmail Link to EpisodeDirect Link to MP3Embed this ONE EpisodeView Episode StatsPPE provided to the EmergencyFD video team by MSAAt MSA, our business is safety. Our core fire service products include the revolutionary G1 SCBA, Cairns® fire helmets, Globe® turnout gear and boots, ALTAIR® portable gas detection instruments, Evolution® TICs, and the all-new LUNAR search and rescue device. Learn more at
54:27 10/06/2020
LEADERSHIP: Line of Duty Deaths
This edition of EmergencyFD Storyline is called "LEADERSHIP: Line of Duty Deaths." The episode focuses on the years and experiences of former Memphis Fire Director Charles E. Smith as he confronts the challenges facing a grieving fire department after the tragic death of two firefighters. Don't miss part two of a two part series with former Memphis Fire Director Charles E. Smith as we discuss his memories and lessons learned from the tragic Memphis 750 Adams fire also know as Regis Towers fire.  Charles E. Smith served as the leader of the Memphis Fire Department from 1992 to 1997 during a great DECADE OF CHANGE for the fire service in Memphis and across the country.  During Director Smith's tenure, many forward moving changes took place to the Memphis Fire Department that continue to this day.  Executive Producer Tom Mann talks with Charlie Smith about memories and his leadership during those memorable years.  This is part two of a two part interview with Charles E. Smith.Storylines guests include:   Charles E Smith.- former Director of the City of Memphis Division of Fire ServicesGo to emergencyfd.com for more podcasts.Support EmergencyFD Storyline at emergencyfd.comPPE provided to the EmergencyFD video team by MSAAt MSA, our business is safety. Our core fire service products include the revolutionary G1 SCBA, Cairns® fire helmets, Globe® turnout gear and boots, ALTAIR® portable gas detection instruments, Evolution® TICs, and the all-new LUNAR search and rescue device. Learn more at
32:37 09/18/2020
LEADERSHIP: Outside the Box
This edition of EmergencyFD Storyline is called "LEADERSHIP Outside the Box." This episode is  focuses on the years and experiences of former Memphis Fire Director Charles E. Smith.  Charles E. Smith served as the leader of the Memphis Fire Department from 1992 to 1997 during a great DECADE OF CHANGE for the fire service in Memphis and across the country.  During Director Smith's tenure, many forward moving changes took place to the Memphis Fire Department that continue to this day.  Executive Producer Tom Mann talks with Charlie Smith about memories and his leadership during those memorable years.  This is part one of a two part interview with Charles E. Smith.Storylines guests include:   Charles E Smith.- former Director of the City of Memphis Division of Fire ServicesGo to emergencyfd.com for more podcasts.Support EmergencyFD Storyline at emergencyfd.comPPE provided to the EmergencyFD video team by MSAAt MSA, our business is safety. Our core fire service products include the revolutionary G1 SCBA, Cairns® fire helmets, Globe® turnout gear and boots, ALTAIR® portable gas detection instruments, Evolution® TICs, and the all-new LUNAR search and rescue device. Learn more at
49:16 09/04/2020
COVID On The Frontlines
This edition of EmergencyFD Storyline is called "COVID On The Frontlines." This episode is a Storyline EXTRA and focuses on the COVID-19 experiences of Memphis Firefighter Thomas Mann Jr..  He acquired COVID-19 on the job but not from a treating a patient.  Executive Producer, Tom Mann, talks with his son (the firefighter/Advanced EMT) as he describes what it is like to have COVID-19.  Executive Producer Tom Mann continues  the discussion with Memphis Fire Division Chief of Safety and Wellness Robbie Franks.  Chief Franks discusses how the Memphis Fire Department meets the challenges of COVID-19 and how the Fire Department continues to evolve a proactive plan to keep employees healthy and safe.  Both guests share some concrete facts about the spread of COVID-19 and PPE. Great listening for first responders and for anyone who wants to know about COVID-19!Storylines guests include:   Thomas Mann Jr.- Firefighter/Advanced EMT with City of Memphis Robbie Franks- Division Chief of Safety and Wellness with the City of MemphisGo to emergencyfd.com for more podcasts.PPE provided to the EmergencyFD video team by MSAAt MSA, our business is safety. Our core fire service products include the revolutionary G1 SCBA, Cairns® fire helmets, Globe® turnout gear and boots, ALTAIR® portable gas detection instruments, Evolution® TICs, and the all-new LUNAR search and rescue device. Learn more at
45:01 08/10/2020
THE MEMORIES THAT DON'T GO AWAY
This edition of EmergencyFD Storyline is called "The Memories That Don't Go Away." This episode focuses on the memories and experiences of Memphis Fire Inspector, Todd Conklin.  Executive Producer, Tom Mann, talks with Todd Conklin as he shares his experiences and memories as a rookie firefighter fighting one horrific tragic motor vehicle fire.  This podcast deals with the issue of post traumatic stress from incidences encountered by first responders.Storylines guests include:   Todd Conklin- City of Memphis Fire InspectorThe story of the incident is featured on video and is available on emergencyfd.com or via this link:  https://youtu.be/4CY1AyJ2oFwPPE provided to the EmergencyFD video team by MSAAt MSA, our business is safety. Our core fire service products include the revolutionary G1 SCBA, Cairns® fire helmets, Globe® turnout gear and boots, ALTAIR® portable gas detection instruments, Evolution® TICs, and the all-new LUNAR search and rescue device. Learn more at
33:19 07/21/2020
BEING A FIRST part 2
This edition of EmergencyFD Storyline is "Being A First". Our Storyline is the first woman to hold the position of Director for the City of Memphis.  Executive Producer Tom Mann talks with Memphis Fire Director Gina Sweat and discusses her career in the fire service.  This is part two of two episodes featuring Gina Sweat.This episode features two promo segments of upcoming interviews with former Memphis Fire Director Charlie Smith and Memphis Fire Inspector Todd Conklin.Storylines guests include:   Director Gina Sweat- Director of the Fire Services for the City of Memphis, Tennessee  Charles E. Smith- Former Director of the Fire Services for the City of Memphis, TennesseeTodd Conklin- City of Memphis Fire InspectorGina's Story "Being a First" on video told by Tom Mann:https://youtu.be/x2MP44N9rYQPPE provided to the EmergencyFD video team by MSAAt MSA, our business is safety. Our core fire service products include the revolutionary G1 SCBA, Cairns® fire helmets, Globe® turnout gear and boots, ALTAIR® portable gas detection instruments, Evolution® TICs, and the all-new LUNAR search and rescue device. Learn more at
31:11 06/05/2020
BEING A FIRST part 1
This edition of EmergencyFD Storyline is "Being A First".  Our Storyline is the first woman to hold the position of Director for the City of Memphis.  Executive Producer Tom Mann talks with Memphis Fire Director Gina Sweat and discusses her career in the fire service.  This is part one of two episodes featuring Gina Sweat. Storylines guests include:   Director Gina Sweat- Director of the Fire Services for the City of Memphis, Tennessee  Gina's Story on video told by Tom Mann:https://youtu.be/x2MP44N9rYQPPE provided to the EmergencyFD video team by MSAAt MSA, our business is safety. Our core fire service products include the revolutionary G1 SCBA, Cairns® fire helmets, Globe® turnout gear and boots, ALTAIR® portable gas detection instruments, Evolution® TICs, and the all-new LUNAR search and rescue device. Learn more at
29:36 05/17/2020
EXTRA-COVID 19 CHALLENGE
This edition of EmergencyFD Storyline continues to discuss the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis for the fire service and includes a classic firefighter's story from his experiences.   Storylines guests include:   Gary Ludwig- President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and Fire Chief at Champaign Fire Department, Champaign, IllinoisJim Cunningham- Retired Lieutenant  Engine 7, Memphis Fire Department, Memphis, Tennessee(1994 classic recording by Tom Mann)PPE provided to the EmergencyFD video team by MSAAt MSA, our business is safety. Our core fire service products include the revolutionary G1 SCBA, Cairns® fire helmets, Globe® turnout gear and boots, ALTAIR® portable gas detection instruments, Evolution® TICs, and the all-new LUNAR search and rescue device. Learn more at
30:30 05/02/2020
COVID 19 CHALLENGE FOR 911 & THE FIRE SERVICE
This edition of EmergencyFD Storyline highlights the challenges of the COVID 19 crisis for the 911 system and fire services.   Storylines guests include:   Raymond Choizza- Executive Director of the Shelby County, Tennessee. Emergency Communications DistrictDavid Moore- Senior Station Officer for Country Fire Authority in Victoria, AustraliaBobby Wiliams- Firefighter/Engineer/Training Officer for Metropolis, Illinois and Field Staff           Instructor for Illinois Fire Service InstitutePPE provided to the EmergencyFD video team by MSAAt MSA, our business is safety. Our core fire service products include the revolutionary G1 SCBA, Cairns® fire helmets, Globe® turnout gear and boots, ALTAIR® portable gas detection instruments, Evolution® TICs, and the all-new LUNAR search and rescue device. Learn more at
32:23 04/23/2020