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The Firefighters Podcast

The Firefighters Podcast is a global podcast seeking to develop, inspire, connect, motivate, represent & celebrate the world of our emergency services operators through a series of wide-ranging conversations celebrating those within our emergency services family and encouraging the support of this incredible group of people.Operational UK firefighter Pete Wakefield speaks with individuals from all walks of life who share a connection with, can add value to, or can develop those who choose this life path.Our driving purpose is to create a legacy resource for the current and future generations of firefighters & first responders

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#297 Highs and Lows of Forces Life from the Longest Serving Female RAF Chinook Force Crewmember with Liz McConaghy
Liz McConaghy was the longest serving female crewman on the Royal Air Force Chinook Fleet spanning a 17 year career flying on the aircraft.   Originally from a small town in Northern Ireland she attended RAF Cranwell on her 19th birthday to begin her exciting career thereafter on Chinook Helicopters. She was the youngest aircrew to deploy to Iraq aged just 21 and also the only female crewman on the Chinook wing for 4 years, so her story is completely unique.  Her career saw her amass 2 deployments to Iraq and 10 deployments to Helmand Afghanistan in support of Operation Herrick which gave her an insightful and very personal perspective on war. Upon leaving the RAF in 2019 Liz slowly became unravelled after a series of traumatic events that compounded her PTSD. This led to her trying to end her life in Aug 2020. You can connect with Liz belowINSTAGRAMFACEBOOKTWITTER/XWe only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY with every episode ever made & also get access to every Debrief & Subject Matter expert document shard with us then join our PATREON crew and support the future of the podcast by clicking HEREPODCAST GIFT - Get your FREE subscription to essential Firefighting publications HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingMSA The Safety CompanyHAIX FootwearTUFFKINGGRENADERIP INTOLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this cost lives, worsens our long term health and reduces cognitive ability.Please support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
92:10 4/22/24
#296 Are all Firefighters Bullies - A Conversation on Workplace Culture with Dr Jason Price
Are all Firefighters Bullies. If you were to read the papers each week you may well hold this view but like so many things in life its a very small number that can build a bad stereotype of a group of individuals that I feel very proud to be part of.However there is no smoke without fire so clearly some people are not having a very positive experience in the fire & rescue service and today we want to develop an understanding of how we can better understand the world of Bullying & Harassment with a view to begin to move forward with a healthier, more positive and safe workplace culture where high performers can grow and develop.My guest today Dr Jason Price is an Independent specialist in workplace culture, bullying and complaint management. You can get guidance, support for your organisation of for yourself personally including insight into professional standards & complaint management by reaching him HEREWe only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY with every episode ever made & also get access to every Debrief & Subject Matter expert document shard with us then join our PATREON crew and support the future of the podcast by clicking HEREPODCAST GIFT - Get your FREE subscription to essential Firefighting publications HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingMSA The Safety CompanyHAIX FootwearTUFFKINGGRENADERIP INTOLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this cost lives, worsens our long term health and reduces cognitive ability.Please support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon CPlease support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
97:21 4/15/24
#295 How a routine Firefighter Health screening discovered my Brain Tumour with Carla Morrison
Carla Morrison is a serving firefighter from Canada who during a routine Health screening discovered she has dramatically reduced hearing on one side. This discovery lead to further testing which showed a large brain tumour which threatened her career, her home life and possibly her life.Also on the podcast today is Bradley Dicks also from Canada & Kyle Keighery a serving firefighter from AustraliaWe only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY with every episode ever made & also get access to every Debrief & Subject Matter expert document shard with us then join our PATREON crew and support the future of the podcast by clicking HEREPODCAST GIFT - Get your FREE subscription to essential Firefighting publications HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingMSA The Safety CompanyHAIX FootwearTUFFKINGGRENADERIP INTOLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this cost lives, worsens our long term health and reduces cognitive ability.Please support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
49:21 4/11/24
#294 The Firefighting Gladiator with Bronte Jones
Bronte Jones is a UK firefighter, weightlifter & contender on UK's GLADIATORS where she made it the finals. Gladiators is a sports entertainment TV show & one of the most defining game shows of the 90's in the UK, as well as across the globe. Athletic members of the public battle as Contenders against the shows very own mighty Gladiators to earn points in an array of events that tests their speed, strength, stamina and skill. You can find Bronte on social media HERE We only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY with every episode ever made & also get access to every Debrief & Subject Matter expert document shard with us then join our PATREON crew and support the future of the podcast by clicking HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingMSA The Safety CompanyHAIX FootwearGRENADERIP INTOLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this cost lives, worsens our long term health and reduces cognitive ability.Please support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
73:18 4/8/24
#293 Why a Lack of Sleep is Killing our First Responders with Dan Evison
Sleep is one of the most important aspects of our life, health and longevity and yet it is increasingly neglected in 21st century society, with devastating consequences: every major disease in the developed world - Alzheimer's, cancer, obesity, diabetes - has very strong causal links to deficient sleep.Based on the Journal of Global Health, first responders are as much as three times more likely to suffer from insomnia than non-shift workers & a Recent UClan document stating 61% of firefighters have sleep problems.My guest today is Dan Evison a Father of 3, a Firefighter (Watch Manager) of 22 years & now (since 2021) an adult sleep coach & consultant.Contact Dave at sleepandthrive@outlook.comDeeper dive & Help available at his website HERERead/Audio book "Why We Sleep by Mathew Walker" HERECleveland Clinic study HEREMental health of UK firefighters | Scientific Reports (nature.com)Common Sleep Disorders Increase Risk of Motor Vehicle Crashes and Adverse Health Outcomes in Firefighters | Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine (aasm.org) Association between sleep quality and type of shift work in Korean firefighters - PMC (nih.gov)Implementing a Sleep Health Education and Sleep Disorders Screening Program in Fire Departments - PMC (nih.gov)We only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY with every episode ever made & also get access to every Debrief & Subject Matter expert document shard with us then join our PATREON crew and support the future of the podcast by clicking HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingMSA The Safety CompanyHAIX FootwearGRENADERIP INTOLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this cost lives, worsens our long term health and reduces cognitive ability.Please support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
111:58 4/1/24
#292 Eduardo Martins & Brazilian Fire Service at Toughest Firefighter Alive SAUDI ARAMCO CHALLENGE 2024
My Guest today is Eduardo Martins from the Brazilian Fire Service. In 2024 The Podcast's very own Pete & Sarah competed in the SAUDI ARAMCO CHALLENGE Toughest Firefighter Alive as athletes for the UK team. Over the course of the competition we caught up with a few of the 317 athletes from over 29 countries where we caught up with Eduardo & Others.connect with Martins HEREWe only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY with every episode ever made & also get access to every Debrief & Subject Matter expert document shard with us then join our PATREON crew and support the future of the podcast by clicking HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingMSA The Safety CompanyHAIX FootwearGRENADERIP INTOLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this cost lives, worsens our long term health and reduces cognitive ability.Please support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
24:57 3/29/24
#291 Jared Johnson 9 x Firefighter Challenge World Champion at Toughest Firefighter Alive SAUDI ARAMCO CHALLENGE 2024
My Guest today is Jared Johnson 9 x Firefighter Challenge World Champion. In 2024 The Podcast's very own Pete & Sarah competed in the SAUDI ARAMCO CHALLENGE Toughest Firefighter Alive as athletes for the UK team. Over the course of the competition we caught up with a few of the 317 athletes from over 29 countries where we caught up with Jared & Others.You can find more advice and coaching from Jared HEREWe only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY with every episode ever made & also get access to every Debrief & Subject Matter expert document shard with us then join our PATREON crew and support the future of the podcast by clicking HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingMSA The Safety CompanyHAIX FootwearGRENADERIP INTOLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this cost lives, worsens our long term health and reduces cognitive ability.Please support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
23:43 3/27/24
#290 Science Backed Data driven firefighting with Chief Fire Officer Dan Stephens
Dan Stephens Is a highly experienced and operationally competent Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Officer. Currently serving as Chief Fire and Rescue Advisor and Inspector to Welsh Government Prior to which he was Chief Officer/Chief Executive Officer of the Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade having previously served for 7 years as the Chief Fire Officer of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service. Dan led Merseyside through 7 years of the most significant challenges in the history of the organisation maintaining excellent levels of performance throughout.  With extensive operational leadership experience around critical incident decision making Dan has been the Fire and Rescue Service Incident Commander at a number of major incidents.Dan was the Chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) Operations Coordination Committee, the strategic lead officer for National Resilience and capability lead officer for Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) and the UK International Search and Rescue Team (UK ISAR). He was awarded the Queens Fire Service Medal (QFSM) in the Queens New Year’s Honours List 2015 for service to the Fire and Rescue Service.Prior to joining the FRS he was a soldier in the Third Battalion, The Parachute Regiment from which he was discharged with an Exemplary Service Record.You can connect with Dan via his LinkedIn HEREWe only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY with every episode ever made & also get access to every Debrief & Subject Matter expert document shard with us then join our PATREON crew and support the future of the podcast by clicking HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingMSA The Safety CompanyHAIX FootwearGRENADERIP INTOLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this cost lives, worsens our long term health and reduces cognitive ability.Please support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
111:11 3/25/24
#289 Team UK & British Firefighter Challenge organisers John Gregory & Mickey Joseph at Toughest Firefighter Alive SAUDI ARAMCO CHALLENGE 2024
In 2024 The Podcast's very own Pete & Sarah competed in the SAUDI ARAMCO CHALLENGE Toughest Firefighter Alive as athletes for the UK team. Over the course of the competition we caught up with a few of the 317 athletes from over 29 countries.Today we are speaking with Team UK & British Firefighter Challenge organisers John Gregory & Mickey Joseph.you can find info on UK firefighter challenge event below:The British Firefighter ChallengeThe Cheshire Fire ChallengeThe Welsh Firefighter ChallengeWe only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY with every episode ever made & also get access to every Debrief & Subject Matter expert document shard with us then join our PATREON crew and support the future of the podcast by clicking HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingMSA The Safety CompanyHAIX FootwearGRENADERIP INTOLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this cost lives, worsens our long term health and reduces cognitive ability.Please support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
67:22 3/17/24
#288 Team Canada Toughest Firefighter Alive SAUDI ARAMCO CHALLENGE 2024
In 2024 The Podcast's very own Pete & Sarah competed in the SAUDI ARAMCO CHALLENGE Toughest Firefighter Alive as athletes for the UK team. Over the course of the competition we caught up with a few of the 317 athletes from over 29 countries.Today we are speaking with Team Canada's Carla Morrison, Bradley Dicks, Brad Shearing & David Murray.We only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY with every episode ever made & also get access to every Debrief & Subject Matter expert document shard with us then join our PATREON crew and support the future of the podcast by clicking HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingMSA The Safety CompanyHAIX FootwearGRENADERIP INTOLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this cost lives, worsens our long term health and reduces cognitive ability.Please support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
30:19 3/15/24
#287 Team USA Toughest Firefighter Alive SAUDI ARAMCO CHALLENGE 2024
In 2024 The Podcast's very own Pete & Sarah competed in the SAUDI ARAMCO CHALLENGE Toughest Firefighter Alive as athletes for the UK team. Over the course of the competition we caught up with a few of the 317 athletes from over 29 countries.Today we are speaking with Team USA's Ana Ruzevic & Sarah McGill & Andrew Cook.Ana & Sarah took silver and Gold in the overall Female category.We only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY with every episode ever made & also get access to every Debrief & Subject Matter expert document shard with us then join our PATREON crew and support the future of the podcast by clicking HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingMSA The Safety CompanyHAIX FootwearGRENADERIP INTOLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this cost lives, worsens our long term health and reduces cognitive ability.Please support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
26:59 3/13/24
#286 THE SHIFT WORKERS BLUEPRINT - How to become a happy, healthy & strong first responder with Grace Cowan
Your job takes priority most of the time, which often puts you bottom of the list. Well, that’s in the past. It’s time to start serving number one – YOU. Because, ultimately you need to be at your best all year round, you’re needed to serve and protect. You can only get so far on your own – stop trying to wing it.Grace Cowan AKA The Shift Workers’ Coach has been where you are right now serving as a police officer she was passionate about the job but completely lost on how to get her fitness where she needed it to be. It took her years of training, frustration, overwhelm and nearly hitting rock bottom to get here. Now she helps other first responders and shift workers do the same but without the guess work and years of wasted time.You can get help, resources and guidance from Grace and her team HEREYou can follow Grace and benefit from all her free tips and training approaches on her socials HEREWe only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY with every episode ever made & also get access to every Debrief & Subject Matter expert document shard with us then join our PATREON crew and support the future of the podcast by clicking HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingMSA The Safety CompanyHAIX FootwearGRENADERIP INTOLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this cost lives, worsens our long term health and reduces cognitive ability.Please support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
78:06 3/11/24
#285 Iron Man, Edge Detection & The Future of Firefighting with Captain (Ret) Kirk McKinzie
Captain (Ret) Kirk McKinzie, now President at MCKINZIE SMART TECHNOLOGIES LLC is a Strategic Next Gen and SMART Partnership subject matter expert. Connecting, cooperating, and delivering to regional, national, and global leaders in 360/3D/ SMART cyber-physical systems for saving lives and leveraging his 30 years of hands-on and practical emergency responder and rescue experience handling over 10,000 emergencies.Some links from todays episode:JUMP AERO - First responders taking to the skyC-THRU augmented reality for firefightersKirk's website full of tech innovation for first respondersGO AERO £2 million pound First responder flight competition Connect with Kirk on LinkedinWe only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY with every episode ever made & also get access to every Debrief & Subject Matter expert document shard with us then join our PATREON crew and support the future of the podcast by clicking HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingMSA The Safety CompanyHAIX FootwearGRENADERIP INTOLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this cost lives, worsens our long term health and reduces cognitive ability.Please support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
76:27 3/4/24
#284 FDIC & Tall Buildings Fire Safety Conference with Russ Timpson
 World’s Leading Thinkers on High-Rise Fire Safety Coming to FDIC International 2024 -  The 8th International Tall Building/High Rise Conference will make its US debut April 15-18, 2024 alongside FDIC International in Indianapolis, Indiana. The event, recognized by the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE), will bring delegates together with speakers from around the world for three days to provide valuable insights into current best practices, tall building fire safety innovation, and relevant high-fire safety issues including façade testing, 2nd stair debate, smoke hoods, green walls, electric vehicles, PV panels, tall timber, means of escape for vulnerable people, smoke control, high-rise firefighting, drones, hoarding residents, balcony fire risks, new generation fire detection, case studies, car parks, high-rise construction, lithium-ion batteries, tenant/resident engagement, arson prevention, fire engineering developments, and lots more. Link to Tall Building conference HEREWe only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY with every episode ever made & also get access to every Debrief & Subject Matter expert document shard with us then join our PATREON crew and support the future of the podcast by clicking HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingMSA The Safety CompanyHAIX FootwearGRENADERIP INTOLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this cost lives, worsens our long term health and reduces cognitive ability.Please support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
72:56 2/26/24
#283 The World Firefighter Games with John Hartley
The World Firefighter Games is an international sporting event that welcomes all full-time, part-time and volunteer firefighters and their immediate direct family from all across the globe.The games are held biennially in different countries and offer more than 50 different sports and challenges including archery, rugby sevens, windsurfing, poker, swimming, athletics and softball, with the "Toughest FireFighter Alive" being the blue riband event.John Hartley is Executive Director at World Firefighters Games and this year the games will be held in Aalborg from 7 – 14 September 2024. Visit their website HEREConnect with John HEREWe only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY with every episode ever made & also get access to every Debrief & Subject Matter expert document shard with us then join our PATREON crew and support the future of the podcast by clicking HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingMSA The Safety CompanyHAIX FootwearGRENADERIP INTOLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this cost lives, worsens our long term health and reduces cognitive ability.Please support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
36:07 2/21/24
Waldbaum’s supermarket fire Debrief: The historic fire that killed 6 FDNY firefighters
On Aug. 2, 1978, a fire at a Brooklyn Waldbaum’s supermarket claimed the lives of six firefighters. Twelve firefighters who were working on the roof plunged into the seat of the fire when the roof suddenly collapsed 32 minutes after the first company arrived. Six of the firefighters fell to the floor and were seriously injured. The other six were hung up in the truss area between trusses 4 and 6, and ultimately died from severe burn injuries.Lt. James E. Cutillo, Battalion 33 (working in Ladder 156)Firefighter Charles S. Bouton, Ladder 156Probationary Firefighter William O’Connor, Ladder 156Firefighter James P. McManus, Ladder 153Firefighter George Rice, Ladder 153Firefighter Harold F. Hastings, Battalion 42We only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY with every episode ever made & also get access to every Debrief & Subject Matter expert document shard with us then join our PATREON crew and support the future of the podcast by clicking HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingMSA The Safety CompanyHAIX FootwearGRENADERIP INTOLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this cost lives, worsens our long term health and reduces cognitive ability.Please support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
24:16 2/19/24
#282 Firefighter Cancer, Decontamination & Particulate Protection
Episode today from the Firefighter Decontamination & Particulate Protections Seminar 2024 where we spoke with many services attending and many subject matter experts in this space from across the worldThis seminar attended by the podcast in January of 2024 focused on the current epidemic of cancer among firefighters. It is with a sense of urgency that we shed light on this pressing issue and explore avenues for effective solutions. The epidemic of cancer among firefighters is a stark reality that demands our attention, collaboration, and action. It is a challenge that affects not only the individuals who selflessly serve but also their families, colleagues, and the communities they safeguard. In the episode you will hear the current state of affairs regarding firefighter health, delving into the factors contributing to increased cancer risks, and explore strategies to mitigate and prevent these risks. A distinguished panel of experts, researchers, and advocates shared insights, experiences, and innovative approaches to address this critical issue. We only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY with every episode ever made & also get access to every Debrief & Subject Matter expert document shard with us then join our PATREON crew and support the future of the podcast by clicking HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingMSA The Safety CompanyHAIX FootwearGRENADERIP INTOLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this cost lives, worsens our long term health and reduces cognitive ability.Please support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
136:38 2/12/24
#281 Mickey Farrell Top Floor Tactics & FDNY
Mickey Farrell is a Lieutenant in the New York City Fire Department, a third-generation firefighter with 29 years of experience, the last 23 years being with the FDNY. Also a team instructor at the New York City Fire Academy, founder and author of Top Floor Tactics, and host of A View From the Top Floor Podcast.Find Mickey at Top Floor Tactics HEREFind Mickey on Instagram HEREWe only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY with every episode ever made & also get access to every Debrief & Subject Matter expert document shard with us then join our PATREON crew and support the future of the podcast by clicking HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingMSA The Safety CompanyHAIX FootwearGRENADERIP INTOLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this cost lives, worsens our long term health and reduces cognitive ability.Please support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
91:10 2/5/24
#280 A Firefighters Battle with Cancer with Steve "Robbie" Burns
Steven ‘Robbie’ Burns, Watch Manager in the UKFRS shares his very personal cancer journey with cancer. In January of 2012, he first noticed blood in his urine. After a quick ‘Google’ he reassured himself that this was due to the distance running. He ignored this first warning sign. Eight months on, Robbie experienced another episode. Upon consulting a different doctor, he was referred, on the same day where a Cystoscopy  revealed a huge, coral-like growth attached to  his bladder wall. He was told it was an aggressive cancer and that there would be a ‘journey’ ahead.Link mentionedSNOMED CTWe only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY with every episode ever made & also get access to every Debrief & Subject Matter expert document shard with us then join our PATREON crew and support the future of the podcast by clicking HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingMSA The Safety CompanyHAIX FootwearGRENADERIP INTOLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this cost lives, worsens our long term health and reduces cognitive ability.Please support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
112:36 1/31/24
#279 Resilience & Mental Fitness with Hadleigh Fischer
Too often, we hear that we need to have a ‘problem’ or a ‘diagnosis’ before we can start taking an active interest in our mental health – how do we shift this ?What does resilience mean?What are the key components of resilience?How do we get people talking openly about improving their Mental Fitness?At Resilience Agenda, we envision a world where people imagine their mental health just like their physical health.Hadleigh Fischer created the Resilience Agenda where they envision a world where people can talk about mental health in a language that is free from stigma and that is more relevant, engaging and empowering.They help everyone start talking openly and proudly about what they are doing to improve their Mental Fitness, just like they do their Physical Fitness.Find out more about Resilience & Mental Fitness HEREWe only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY with every episode ever made & also get access to every Debrief & Subject Matter expert document shard with us then join our PATREON crew and support the future of the podcast by clicking HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingMSA The Safety CompanyHAIX FootwearGRENADERIP INTOLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this cost lives, worsens our long term health and reduces cognitive ability.Please support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
87:34 1/29/24
#278 The Antarctic Fire Angels - Ordinary Women doing extraordinary things
Hear how Georgina Gilbert & Rebecca Openshaw-Rowe AKA The Antarctic Fire Angels completed a 1,230km ski across the Antarctic in temperatures as low as -50 degrees completing there journey to the south pole in 52 days on January 12th 2024.Go back and listen to them on episode #57 from Jan 2021. Inspiring every girl and young woman who's ever been told they can't participate because of their gender they want to inspire them to find their courage, change the narrative of what it means to be a girl, and achieve great things far beyond what their own as well as others expectations are. You can find out more about their journey & support and donate to their fund for the firefighters charity HEREWe only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY with every episode ever made & also get access to every Debrief & Subject Matter expert document shard with us then join our PATREON crew and support the future of the podcast by clicking HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingMSA The Safety CompanyHAIX FootwearGRENADERIP INTOLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this cost lives, worsens our long term health and reduces cognitive ability.Please support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
60:02 1/26/24
#277 Navigating Change with Joe Hassell
Joe completed 31 years in the Fire and Rescue Service, having served in both Essex, and Devon & Somerset. He has extensive experience at all levels of command and retired as Deputy Chief Fire Officer.Joe is a highly qualified commander, trainer and assessor, and he has instructed and been part of Incident Command teams in across the UK, an abroad.  Today we speak a lot about CHANGE as Joe has extensive experience in organisational transformation setting up and developing Organisational Development and Programme Management teams involving wide-scale public consultations and implementation of new, ground breaking service delivery models.You can find Joe HEREWe mentioned a few books - links for them are belowSwitch: How to change things when change is hardDecisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and WorkBlack Box Thinking: The Surprising Truth About SuccessRebel Ideas: The Power of Diverse ThinkingWe only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY with every episode ever made & also get access to every Debrief & Subject Matter expert document shard with us then join our PATREON crew and support the future of the podcast by clicking HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingHAIX FootwearGRENADERIP INTOLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this cost lives, worsens our long term health and reduces cognitive ability.Support the ongoing work of the podcast by clicking HEREPlease subscribe to the podcast on YoutubeEnter our monthly giveaways on the following platformsFacebookInstagramPlease support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
118:55 1/22/24
#276 How we determine the fitness levels required of Firefighters with Tom Ashworth
How are firefighter fitness standards developed in the UK ?What is the data behind them ?How do they compare to other parts of the world ?& What are some of the testing methods we have used and still use for firefighter fitness testing and selection ?My guest today Tom Ashworth is Retired Watch manager from Lancashire Fire and Rescue in 2018. He spent 2 years as fitness advisor for greater manchester FRS and is now Managing Director of Fire and Fitness Ltd & Trainer at sim trainer UKHe also serves as Vice Chair of FireFit Steering Group - reference holder for retired personnel and healthy ageing.You can connect with Tom HEREWe only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY with every episode ever made & also get access to every Debrief & Subject Matter expert document shard with us then join our PATREON crew and support the future of the podcast by clicking HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingHAIX FootwearGRENADERIP INTOLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this cost lives, worsens our long term health and reduces cognitive ability.Support the ongoing work of the podcast by clicking HEREPlease subscribe to the podcast on YoutubeEnter our monthly giveaways on the following platformsFacebookInstagramPlease support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
135:55 1/18/24
Highrise Firefighting - The History, Lessons learned & what you need to know about how far we have come
Today is all about Highrise Firefighting. We cover aspects on the History, Lessons learned & what you need to know about how far we have come.References for this episode have come from Steve Dudeney which you can find HERE and also from www.highrisefirefighting.co.ukWe only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY with every episode ever made & also get access to every Debrief & Subject Matter expert document shard with us then join our PATREON crew and support the future of the podcast by clicking HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingHAIX FootwearGRENADERIP INTOLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this cost lives, worsens our long term health and reduces cognitive ability.Support the ongoing work of the podcast by clicking HEREPlease subscribe to the podcast on YoutubeEnter our monthly giveaways on the following platformsFacebookInstagramPlease support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
39:33 1/15/24
#275 Lars Axelsson The Swedish Fire Nerd
Excited to be sharing this episode with Lars Axelsson AKA Swedish Fire Nerd.Lars is an evidence based firefighting instructor, Firefighter and former battalion chief. In our chat today we go into so so many great areas of Firefighting, Instructing, Physics, Learning &  with Lars having taught instructors from all over the world he has seen the good the bad & the Ugly and we go into all those areas with tips, best practice and the pros and cons for the approaches we see in different part of the world.You can find out more about Lars onHis website HEREHis YOUTUBE channel HEREHis LinkedIn HEREWe only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY with every episode ever made & also get access to every Debrief & Subject Matter expert document shard with us then join our PATREON crew and support the future of the podcast by clicking HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingHAIX FootwearGRENADERIP INTOLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this cost lives, worsens our long term health and reduces cognitive ability.Support the ongoing work of the podcast by clicking HEREPlease subscribe to the podcast on YoutubeEnter our monthly giveaways on the following platformsFacebookInstagramPlease support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
175:50 1/8/24
Shirley Towers 6th April 2010 Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service - Incident Debrief
Incase you missed it: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to a fire on the 9th floor of Shirley Towers at 20:10 on the 6th April, 2010. This incident resulted in the deaths of Firefighters Alan Bannon and James Shears.With more Debriefs stacking up we intend to start putting out a monthly debrief starting 2024 as we know how popular they are so we wanted to re-release some of these lessons learned from previous debriefs.We only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY with every episode ever made & also get access to every Debrief & Subject Matter expert document shard with us then join our PATREON crew and support the future of the podcast by clicking HERE A big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingHAIX FootwearGRENADERIP INTOLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this cost lives, worsens our long term health and reduces cognitive ability.Support the ongoing work of the podcast by clicking HEREPlease subscribe to the podcast on YoutubeEnter our monthly giveaways on the following platformsFacebookInstagramPlease support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
46:12 1/3/24
#274 John Gregory & The British Firefighter Challenge 2024 LAUNCH
British Firefighter Challenge 2024 has now launched. This years event will be held at Water Street, Liverpool, Pierhead underneath the iconic Liver Building on the SATURDAY 27TH & SUNDAY 28TH of JULY.Today i catchup with John Gregory one of the lead organisers for the event as we talk tactics, training, community and the growth of firefighter challenge events in the UKFRSYou can now register for the 2024 event HEREWe only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY with every episode ever made & also get access to every Debrief & Subject Matter expert document shard with us then join our PATREON crew and support the future of the podcast by clicking HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingHAIX FootwearGRENADERIP INTOLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this cost lives, worsens our long term health and reduces cognitive ability.Support the ongoing work of the podcast by clicking HEREPlease subscribe to the podcast on YoutubeEnter our monthly giveaways on the following platformsFacebookInstagramPlease support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
71:49 1/1/24
Reflections, Ideas & book recommendations for 2024
Some quick thoughts and things to consider for 2024 & also reflections from 2023.Also see book a couple of book recommendations for 2024 as we get asked a lot for these. Would you like more of this, book recommendations for emergency services operators perhaps, I do have a list. Reviews of specific books and also more debriefs as we have a lot on file to get through if the appetite is there.Email us with your thoughts & feedback at thefirefighterspodcast@gmail.comWe only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY with every episode ever made & also get access to every Debrief & Subject Matter expert document shard with us then join our PATREON crew and support the future of the podcast by clicking HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingHAIX FootwearGRENADERIP INTOLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this cost lives, worsens our long term health and reduces cognitive ability.Support the ongoing work of the podcast by clicking HEREPlease subscribe to the podcast on YoutubeEnter our monthly giveaways on the following platformsFacebookInstagramPlease support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
50:50 12/30/23
#273 Ryan Phillips - Creativity, being an oddball & How joining the fire service brought out the best in me
Ryan is a Crew manager in the UK FRS. In this episode we talk about aspects of creativity & how finding outlets for this can bring out the best in us.Ryan is part of a band known as Habilis & on the 28th of December 2023 they released their new song “Rise or Fall” and accompanying music video which you can view HEREFor Ryan this has become the perfect way to merge two important aspects of his life: his career in the fire service, and his need for creativity, music and collaboration with others. The music video follows Ryan on his journey to prepare for the British Firefighter Challenge as he is "coached" in person by singer, Gavin, and in spirit by his bandmates. The video is sprinkled with comedy and homages to iconic movie moments. We only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY with every episode ever made & also get access to every Debrief & Subject Matter expert document shard with us then join our PATREON crew and support the future of the podcast by clicking HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingHAIX FootwearGRENADERIP INTOLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this cost lives, worsens our long term health and reduces cognitive ability.Support the ongoing work of the podcast by clicking HEREPlease subscribe to the podcast on YoutubeEnter our monthly giveaways on the following platformsFacebookInstagramPlease support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
107:04 12/28/23
#272 Ian Dilks aka "DILKSY"
Dilksy served an incredible 24 year military career in some of the most dangerous environments in the world utilising a vey specific set of skills before retiring and joining the UK Fire & Rescue service.We cover so many areas of personal and professional life as we explore some of his experiences and the lessons learned from them.You can find Dilksy on social media HEREWe only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY with every episode ever made & also get access to every Debrief & Subject Matter expert document shard with us then join our PATREON crew and support the future of the podcast by clicking HERE A big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingHAIX FootwearGRENADERIP INTOLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this cost lives, worsens our long term health and reduces cognitive ability.Support the ongoing work of the podcast by clicking HEREPlease subscribe to the podcast on YoutubeEnter our monthly giveaways on the following platformsFacebookInstagramPlease support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
153:38 12/26/23

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