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Join Our Webinar on How We Will Move Beyond PFOS/PFOA

If you're a member of the great family of firefighters, you've probably either heard of or read something about the terms, "PFOS/PFOA" or the term, "forever chemicals."Over the last several years, with thanks to many in the fire service, the trades and even researchers who study carcinogens that we face in, we've learned they have been found in the AFFF we used for years and even in our bunker gear.…

Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on July 26, 2021 at 11:50am — No Comments

The Future Of Continuing Education In Fire Service

Most people think of firefighting as a purely physical job, and it’s not hard to see why. Firefighters need to have the strength and stamina to carry heavy equipment, withstand brutal conditions and endure many hours in the field. However, the mental side of the job is just as important. The men and women of your local fire department have to bring a lot of specialized knowledge with them when they arrive on the scene of a call. They must be ready to recall their training for each situation…


Added by Benjamin Hadlock on July 2, 2021 at 8:00am — No Comments

Reducing and Managing the Trauma That First Responders Experience

Few professions command as much respect as first responders. First responders rush to help when others would flee; they put themselves in harm’s way to save lives; and they work tirelessly to respond to emergencies and prevent them from getting worse. Yet, the very nature of their work puts first responders at higher risk of physical and emotional health issues. Here is a closer look at some of the dangers these workers face, as well as how to minimize the…


Added by Benjamin Hadlock on April 22, 2021 at 7:19am — No Comments

Provide better equipment for fire trucks

 As a manufacturer of safety equipment manufacturer, our goal is to provide all firefighters with better equipment so that they can complete their work faster and safer.

Our large electronic flashing arrow panels afford for fire trucks, that can install on vehicle rear and roof to get warring effect.…


Added by susan on January 27, 2021 at 1:08am — No Comments

MAYDAY!! - MAYDAY!! - Do You Know What to Do?

Whether you're a career or volunteer firefighter, you have probably learned how to declare a MAYDAY, if you find yourself in unexpected danger. You may also have learned and trained to be a member of a RIT/RIC team. But,…

Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on December 20, 2020 at 3:56pm — 2 Comments

Episode 5- 10 - Chief Dan Kerrigan & Capt. Jim Moss

Firefighter health, wellness and fitness-for-duty – you have often heard us address these topics because they define our abilities as firefighters. If you do not take care of yourself, how do you expect to be able to care for others?

Our returning guests, Chief Dan Kerrigan and Capt. Jim Moss, have dedicated themselves to teaching just how important these topics are, not just by learning about them, but by embracing their values and making these values part of your life. If you want…


Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on November 14, 2020 at 10:39am — No Comments

Special Episode to Introduce Tom Mitten & F.R.E.T.

There have been any number of changes here at the “5-Alarm Task Force” podcast since we started in Fall of 2016. Our guest list is amazing, we have recorded over 150 episodes, we are on every major (and numerous, “minor”) podcast platforms and we have listeners in over 40 countries and, we moved to the Zoom platform! You might think we have attained all our goals. Nope!


If you are a regular listener, you know that we recently added a new monthly installment of the series,…


Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on November 9, 2020 at 2:58pm — No Comments

Episode 5- 8 - How to Leand the Fire Service for the Next 50 Years" with Dr. Burton A. Clark, EFO

From the newest cadet to the 30-year firefighter, we have all become part of the “fire culture.” We enjoy hearing stories from the senior folk and cannot help but to juxtapose those stories to this fire service in 2020. Lots of changes and adaptations have occurred. For some we know the reason and for others, we have no idea. Most of those changes came about through the first person who thought about them. They shared that idea with others and, sometimes soon and sometimes much later, those…


Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on October 23, 2020 at 8:56am — No Comments

Episode 5-7 – Robert A. Bilott, Esq. – The Fight Against PFAS/PFOS

We fight fire, we fight HAZMAT, we rescue the ill and injured. And we don’t think twice about doing so. This is who we are and what we do. However, imagine that your enemy is unseen, yet deadly. You have no way to protect yourself, not your gear, or SCBA! What do you do?


That is part of question raised by attorney Robert Bilott. If you saw the…


Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on October 20, 2020 at 2:33pm — No Comments

New Firefighter Created Nonprofit to Help Fireghiters in dire Need

Firefighter’s Podcast Creates Non-Profit to Benefit First Responders

A Disabled Firefighter & Friends Seek to Help Firefighters in Need


[Coral Springs FL October 7, 2020] — The firefighting podcast, “5-Alarm Task Force,” launched the non-profit, “5-Alarm Task Force Corp.” The non-profit will support firefighters and other first responders, as well as their families.


Steve Greene, a former volunteer…


Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on October 8, 2020 at 12:39pm — No Comments

Oregon Wildfires Florence,Or.

Added by Raymond Dean (Boyd) Cooper on September 8, 2020 at 2:18pm — 1 Comment

Tips for effective workplace housekeeping, Wowessays review

To some people, the word "housekeeping" refers to cleaning floors and surfaces, removing dust, and organizing clutter.

But in a work environment, it means a lot more. Housekeeping is essential to safe workplaces. It can help prevent injuries and improve productivity and morale, as well as make a good first impression on visitors, according to…


Added by James on July 21, 2020 at 4:38am — No Comments

Bad cashes and how you get over them

Went on a 22 year old young girl who was involved in a head on cash with a dunk diver. She lost everything from the knees down on both legs after her car cought fire.

Added by Cory Imes on July 17, 2020 at 7:34pm — 2 Comments

How to Turn Off Smoke Alarm?

How to Turn Off Smoke Alarm

Found yourself with a beeping smoke alarm? Will the smoke alarm not stop beeping? Figuring out the reason can be tricky. Lucky for you, here are some common solutions that will stop your smoke detector from beeping.

A non-stop beeping fire alarm can be annoying, especially when unexpected and for no real-fire reason such as in the middle of…


Added by Ed M on July 16, 2020 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Memory, Stress, and Counseling.

This is a kind of touchy subject because every person is different and how they handle stress is myriad as well.

there are those of us who are Cursed with a photographic memory and in our line of work the trauma we deal with can take its toll in ptsd.

now many people would say its not a curse but a blessing! NOT REALLY!!

no matter how long it goes on a stressful event can be likened to an angry crow in your head screaming at regular intervals in your ear so you never…


Added by Ted Mead on June 7, 2020 at 9:52pm — 1 Comment

Lost Everything to an Early Morning Structure Fire

My Neighbour’s home suffered a structure fire. Unfortunately it only took about 15 minutes to spread to my unit and 2 others. My training kicked in and I was able to get everyone out alive.

Added by Nelson Jr. Jenking on June 2, 2020 at 6:18pm — 1 Comment

COVID-19: Emergency Management Lessons Learned

Like all of you, my last month (or so) has been nothing but COVID-19 related response, planning and discussions.  Emerging from this event we will undoubtedly have thousands of stories and lessons learned, each one being unique.   This pandemic has been like nothing I have seen nor hope to see again in my lifetime of public service.  The point of this article is to share some thoughts and lessons learned.  Not that these are unlike what you are experiencing; however, my desire is to…


Added by Jeff Armstrong on April 13, 2020 at 1:30pm — No Comments

First Responders and the Coronavirus

For well over a month, our lives and the lives of millions of people across six of the seven continents, have been turned upside down. The loss of life has been like nothing that has been seen since 1918! And the interruptions to our lives, from home quarantines, online schooling for our children, a ridiculous run on toilet paper, etc.


My guest on this podcast is Anthony Mangeri, a certified Public Manager, volunteer firefighter/EMT and he has many years’ experience in public…


Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on April 13, 2020 at 9:52am — 2 Comments

Coronavirus Seminar for First Responders

5-Alarm Task Force and Insight Training LLC are proud to present a Coronavirus Webinar for First Responders, sponsored by Life Scan Wellness Centers. 

Friday, April 17th at 1:00 PM.EDT. The webinar will be recorded for later viewing if you're unable to join us at 1:00 PM EDT.

Tickets are $10 and all net proceeds will be donated to the NFFF and a vetted Go Fund Me Page for PPE for first responders.

Get your tickets at …


Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on April 3, 2020 at 8:38am — No Comments

Boosting Morale By Allowing Firefighters to Do Firefighter Things!

In any organization, morale is one of the most important facets of the group, whether they are volunteers at a religious facility, workers in a mill, or the staff of a huge law firm encompassing an entire floor of a high-rise. Yet, it plays an even more important role for a cadre of first responders, especially, the fire service.


Most of us have seen a fire department, maybe our own or a neighboring, where morale is low. While vigorously trained to fight structure fires and…


Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on February 13, 2020 at 10:12am — No Comments

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