Dalmatian Productions, Inc.'s Blog (41)

FIREFIGHTER CANCER - AN AWAKENING!

I was like many of you. I had heard on the news or had read in one of the trade journals, that firefighters had been diagnosed with cancer. It often pointed to FDNY and these were firefighters who had worked, so determinedly, on the Pile left after the collapse of the WTC on 9|11. However, as I was about to learn, this was just the tip of the iceberg, as they say.

 

This “Out-of-the-Vault” episode of “5-Alarm Task Force,” takes us back to March 2017. My guest was Bill Banks, a…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on July 16, 2018 at 8:50am — No Comments

Catch a Sneak Peak at Our Upcoming Crowdfunding Campaign!

Check out our preview for our crowdfunding campaign on indiegogo.com. Just click on the link and search for 5-Alarm Task Force! The videos & photos are LIVE. Let me know what you think! Like it? Fill out the email & know when we go live!!

As always, thank you for your support & stay safe!

Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on July 14, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

The Chance to Listen to Chief Alan Brunacini Again!

While we're enjoying some time off, I've reposted my episode of "5-Alarm Task Force," with the late Chief Alan Brunacini and Chief Dennis Rubin, as they discuss the 2016 Wingspread VI conference.
Tune in at www.dalmatianproductions.tv

Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on July 12, 2018 at 7:00am — No Comments

CAST YOUR VOTE FOR "5-ALARM TASK FORCE" in the Podcast Awards!

Hi all - a quick reminder that you have until July 31st to cast your vote for my podcast at www.podcastwards.com.
Once you're on the website, you will first need to register as a listener to vote. It's free and easy & there's no obligation!…
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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on July 10, 2018 at 10:18am — No Comments

CAST YOUR VOTE FOR "5-ALARM TASK FORCE" in the Podcast Awards!

Hi all - a quick reminder that you have until July 31st to cast your vote for my podcast at www.podcastwards.com.
Once you're on the website, you will first need to register as a listener to vote. It's free and easy & there's no obligation!…
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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on July 10, 2018 at 10:18am — No Comments

Episode 62 - LEADERSHIP: An Introspective Analysis

The word, “leadership,” especially in the ranks of first responders, is bandied about by many. And for all those that participate in this conversation, there are probably at least, twice or three times the number of definitions of what leadership is in emergency services. In this podcast, our guest, Asst. Chief John Luca of Boca Raton Fire-Rescue Services, provides us with a new and deeper definition of the term and strongly encourages us to look inward first, before we even think of leading…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on July 2, 2018 at 8:45am — No Comments

Please Help "5-Alarm Task Force" Win a Podcast Award!

Hi,

This is not your usual blog post. In this one, I'm reaching out to you, our listeners to help us win one of the upcoming Podcast Awards. From July 1st - 31st, you can go to the website, The Podcast Awards and nominate "5-Alarm Task Force" for one of the awards. You'll find us in the "Government & Organizations" category. If you want to either follow the Awards progress on Twitter or send a tweet out…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on June 30, 2018 at 11:13am — No Comments

"The TIC: Friend, Foe or In Between?"

One of the most important tools that the modern fire service is the T.I.C. or thermal imaging camera. While it’s first use that resulted in the saving of a human life is traced back to 1985 in London, due to cost and development factors, it is believe that the first U.S. fire department to purchase one for regular use was Seattle in 1997. Just over 20 years later, the tool is ubiquitous in the fire service, with most, but the smallest, having at…
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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on June 22, 2018 at 8:25am — No Comments

"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

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