Dalmatian Productions, Inc.'s Blog (33)

"You Don't Know What You Don't Know" = Part II

In Part II of our interview with retired Battalion Chief, John Cagno of the N. Providence RI Fire Department, we hear how the young, injured, "firefighter" Cagno, had to fight against the odds of getting his old job back.
While recovering from his severe injuries, he never took his eyes of the bullseye - coming back to the job he had idolized since he was a child. However, his wants…
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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on June 18, 2018 at 10:27am — No Comments

"You Don't Know What You Don't Know!?

Many of us are pretty damn excited when the dreams of little kids to be firefighters comes to fruition in our usually, young adult lives. We are usually in our late teens or early twenties. We may have had some experience by “buffing” until we were old enough to ride the apparatus. We’ve watched the…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on June 11, 2018 at 9:28am — No Comments

This Day of All Days

     Today is Memorial Day here in the U.S. In my family and our community, it was always a special day. The last day of school before Memorial Day was made very poignant, even for those of is in elementary school. We learned a little about World War II and about the soldiers who fought there...and those who died there. There would be a patriotic play that we'd put on and often, a speaker would come to our assembly. Each student went home that day with a small…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on May 28, 2018 at 12:20pm — No Comments

10 Steps to Creating a Culture of Firefighter Fitness-for-Duty in Your Station or Department

While some firefighters take fitness-for-duty seriously, they often run into the "hard wall" of those who either don't think it's necessary of afraid of punitive actions if the do participate.



Well-known fire officers and fitness "gurus," Dan Kerrigan and Jim Moss return to "5-Alarm Task Force" with a concise summary of their successful class taught at this year's FDIC 2018: "10 Steps to Cultivate a Culture of Firefighter Fitness in Your Department." This podcast only runs about…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on May 28, 2018 at 11:32am — No Comments

New Podcast - "The Shift Commander: Before, During & After the Fire"

    While shiny new pumpers, ladders and rescues grab most of the headlines, the Shift Commander's Buggy, looks almost like another SUV. However, the person driving this vehicle has paid his/her "dues" and has been promoted to the position of Shift Commander.

    This interview with Deputy Chief (ret) Kevin Burns of the City of Framingham MA, is special to me, because I grew up in Framingham. And it was my exposure to the wonderful firefighters in my community as a child that planted…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on May 24, 2018 at 7:37am — No Comments

New Podcast - "The Shift Commander: Before, During & After the Fire"

    While shiny new pumpers, ladders and rescues grab most of the headlines, the Shift Commander's Buggy, looks almost like another SUV. However, the person driving this vehicle has paid his/her "dues" and has been promoted to the position of Shift Commander.

    This interview with Deputy Chief (ret) Kevin Burns of the City of Framingham MA, is special to me, because I grew up in Framingham. And it was my exposure to the wonderful firefighters in my community as a child that planted…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on May 24, 2018 at 7:35am — No Comments

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

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