Dalmatian Productions, Inc.'s Blog (27)

Learn About the IAFC - SHS Section and What They Do For Us!

5/17/2018

Join me as I welcome an excellent friend and supporter of "5-Alarm Task Force," Executive Asst. Chief Todd LeDuc of the Broward County Sheriff's Office - Fire/Rescue Division, joins us to explain the work of this important group of the IAFC and his recent trip to the Kingdom of Bahrain for a first-ever SHS conference there! The acronym SHS stands for "Safety, Health and Survival," all issues that are playing a…
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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on May 17, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments

YOU CAN HELP US CHOOSE THE NEW LOGO FOR "5-ALARM TASK FORCE!"

The creative team at our host, Podomatic, offered to help create a new logo for "5-Alarm Task Force." That was the good news!

However, they did such a great job that we're having a difficult time choosing the one we like best. So, we decided to let …

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on May 14, 2018 at 7:42am — No Comments

Here's What's Coming Up on "5-Alarm Task Force!"

We have a great round of guests who will join me on "5-Alarm Task Force" over the next couple of weeks.
1. Aaron Zamzow of "Fire-Rescue-Fitness." Aaron announces the winners of his annual "Get Fit" contest and explains what his programs are all about.
2. Chief James Tornabene joins me to discuss, The Assessment Center" a…
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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on May 11, 2018 at 10:35am — No Comments

"I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends"

With thanks to the Beatles (OK, Ringo) and the late, great Joe Cocker, that song has moved "mountains" when some couldn't even move "mole hills!" And that title rings true for many, if not most of us.  Of course, it also depends on our ability to discern those who are true friends from those people who are more acquaintances than friends. Often times though, that is difficult to do and it's not unusual for us not to want to make that distinction.

   We wanted to…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on April 25, 2018 at 2:28pm — No Comments

"The Times They Are A Changin'"

We have the great Bob Dylan to thank for those words. Funny how just six words can convey such a strong meaning across so many aspects of life. And for first responders in general and firefighters in particular, times are changing for us at a very rapid pace.

   Even if you've only been on the job for, let's say, five years, you'd got to admit that a great deal about the fire service has changed since 2013! For example, we've seen a great evolution of one of our…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on April 25, 2018 at 11:55am — No Comments

The Physiological & Mental Stressors of Fighting Fire

We now know, with certainty, that fire is not necessarily our worst enemy on the fireground. Its by-products are! Whether you’re a career, volunteer or paid-on-call firefighter, means that you can no longer approach what you do as a casual job or hobby.

In this, our 51st episode of “5-Alarm Task Force,” Chief Anthony Correia joins us to discuss the specific physiological and mental stressors of fighting fire. His explanation begins with your visceral and mental response to…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on April 23, 2018 at 8:15am — No Comments

Our 50th Episode of "5-Alarm Task Force" and It's for YOU!

If I asked you what is the most important character trait for a firefighter, what would be your answer? Bravery? Strength? Stamina? They all sound imperative, right? Perhaps, but there is more to it than those. What could outrank those three aspects?
Our guest on this, our 50th episode, is Captain/Instructor Chris Baker. In this podcast, Chris explains that it is your desire, no,…
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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on April 12, 2018 at 3:54pm — No Comments

Finding a New Fire Chief - Do We Look Within or From Outside?

The Chief of Department - a position that many firefighters aspire to and others...well, let's just say they don't aspire to. Yet, when there's a vacancy at the top, someone must be brought onboard to "steer the ship!"
Just like in other businesses, those directed to find a new chief have two ways to choose from:
1. Hire…
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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on April 9, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Learn More About One of the Fire Service's Best Protectors & Protector

Our latest episode of "5-Alarm Task Force," is now available, featuring Mr. Steve Austin of the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Fireman's Association. We focus on "struck-bys," those incidents when first responders have been hit and injured or killed while working a busy highway or roadway call.
Find our podcast on our website,…
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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on April 3, 2018 at 6:16pm — No Comments

Smoke - What's In It?

OK, so you're a firefighter. You've seen smoke, you've smelled smoke and you may have swallowed a "snoot-full." How was that for you? Yet how much do you know about it? No, not it's behavior, but what's in it! Chief Robert Fling returns to underscore his first visit, "FACEPIECE ON!" And if you're still one of those cowboys who think a firefighter isn't a "real" firefighter until he/she gets their "snoot-full," you're wrong and maybe DEAD wrong.…
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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on March 27, 2018 at 7:41pm — 2 Comments

This is Who We Are and What We Do!

I do my podcast, "5-Alarm Task Force," for you - my brothers and sisters in the fire service. Today's society is so different than when I grew up. Sometimes, that makes our job tougher. Just look what we have to do to help our communities understand how vital and precious sprinklers are in, at the very least, every new residential structure; not too mention commercial…
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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on March 22, 2018 at 4:43pm — No Comments

UAS - Unmanned Aerial Systems, aka Drones, in Public Safety

Listen to our latest podcast with Chief Emeritus Charles Werner of the Charlottesville VA Fire Dept., as he discusses the use of UAS - Unmanned Aerial Systems or drones in public safety. Even if your agency is already using one, make sure it is following all federal regulations. They can literally be a lifesaver! Go to our Dalmatian Productions website

Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on February 27, 2018 at 3:10pm — No Comments

New Technology for First Responders

Just finished the first of two very interesting interviews with Chief (ret) Charles Werner of the Charlottesville Fire Dept. regarding new technology for first responders. Today's episode is about UAS, aka drones. There is no doubt that these units will be a "game changer" for all first responder agencies.

On Thursday, Chief Werner will join us again to discuss new 3-D technology that will allow an IC to see exactly where in a structure firefighters are.

The first episode will be…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on February 26, 2018 at 1:33pm — No Comments

THE DAY AFTER

The “dawn of a new day” is supposed to allow us to start fresh from whatever troubles we underwent the day before. Sadly, today that notion holds no water. Whether you live here in South Florida as we do, or you live “off the grid” and you heard the news on amateur radio, today the sunlight is obscured by the ethereal gun smoke that still hangs over our community where this tragedy occurred and that also drifts over our society as another mass shooting occurs.

 

We will soon…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on February 15, 2018 at 1:58pm — No Comments

The Firefighter Cancer Initiative - Broward County FL

We have just published our latest podcast, "The Firefighter Cancer Initiative in Broward County FL." Guests include Alberto Caban-Martinez, DO, PhD and Natasha Schaefer-Solle, PhD from Univ. of Miami, Sylvester Comprehensive Care Centers and...Asst. Chief Todd Leduc and Frank Correggio from the Broward County Sheriff's Office Fire-Rescue Services. We hope that you'll listen and learn, then pay it forward to your friends & colleagues.Beat cancer…
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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on February 14, 2018 at 8:52pm — No Comments

Our Podcast Keeps Growing With Some of the Best Topics & Guests!

February 10, 2018 - We released another episode of our podcast, "5-Alarm Task Force," this morning with a longtime follower and friend, Chris Tobin. In this episode, Chris talked about the importance of multiple levels of mentoring in the fire service. Even after 8 years with his current department, he still considers himself the "rookie" in the firehouse, always seeking to learn from those with more experience. On the other side of this coin, he has recently re-established h…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on February 10, 2018 at 4:19pm — No Comments

Where Do We Go From Here?

          It has been a difficult start to 2018 for the Fire Service. In less than one week, we lost two of our comrades. On January 3rd, Wamego KS Firefighter John Randle succumbed to his injuries suffered from a fall while returning apparatus to service. And on January 6th, Philadelphia Lt. Matt LeTourneau died as a result of a structural collapse while fighting a rowhouse fire. We mourn their loss along with their families, friends, colleagues and the entire fire service and their…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on January 12, 2018 at 3:22pm — No Comments

Remembering 2017 - Kicking Off 2018!

As I sit here writing this post, we're about 36 hours after the tragic fire in Bronx NY that so sadly took 12 lives. Most of us cannot even imagine losing one family remember or even one neighbor. Yet, one family lost four members, a brave soldier from our Armed Forces, home on Christmas leave, lost his life trying to rescue others, plus another seven poor souls.

The probable cause of this conflagration? A young child, approximately three years old, playing with the knobs on the stove,…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on December 30, 2017 at 6:39pm — No Comments

Evolution is the Key to Existence

     First - We want to thank all of you who have stopped by to visit our new website. Whether you have hit every page or you jumped to read the blog or to listen to our podcasts, we are grateful that you took the time to stop by and see what Dalmatian Productions is all about.

     As the title of this post indicates, we all must evolve in some manner to maintain and hopefully, improve our…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on December 21, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

What Do You Do After Planting a Seed?

Just over 1-1/2 years ago, I planted a "seed." What did I "plant?" It was my podcast, "5-Alarm Task Force." Although I was only able to serve in the fire service for eight, short years before an injury forced me to leave, I have never let the fire service leave me. Since 1985, I have tried to stay up-to-date with the growth and evolution in firefighting, leadership, funding, education, etc. One way or another, I kept pace.…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on December 5, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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