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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…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on April 13, 2020 at 9:52am — No 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 …

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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…

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

5-Alarn Task Force's 2019 Review

First, I hope that you and yours had a safe and wonderful holiday season!

Though we’re just starting 2020, 2019 was another great year for 5-Alarm Task Force. Here are some of our stats for 2019.

1. Once again, we “crossed the world,” with listeners in nearly 40 countries, on six of the seven continents! (p.s. I'm still attempting to contact the fire brigade at the McMurdo Station in Antarctica. That would place us on all SEVEN…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on January 7, 2020 at 1:15pm — No Comments

BUILD YOUR CULTURE - PROFESSIONALISM V. MINIMALISM

As firefighters we constantly face challenges, however not all of them are at an emergency scene. Many of these challenges occur every day; often before we ever leave the station. And many of those challenges deal with our attitudes. You might be surprised at the toll that a wrong attitude can have.

 

My guests for this episode of “5-Alarm Task Force,” are Sean Duffy and Pablo Gener, of the “Build Your Culture,” training group. As with most choices we face in life, there is a…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on December 17, 2019 at 9:19am — No Comments

Th Importance of the 360 Size-Up + More

As long as we have had two-way radios in the fire service, the first arriving officer (or whomever was in a “right seat”) would provide some sort of report upon arrival. In my active years in two different departments from ’77-’85, the FAO might give a 15-30 “quick view” to dispatch. I remember being assigned to “recon” a structure file, a few times and report back to the ranking officer on scene. And mind you, in those days we had two radios: one fixed in the apparatus and one for the…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on December 11, 2019 at 10:08am — No Comments

Big Challengers - Small Departments

Many of us in the fire service believe that, for the most part, most fire departments in North America are the same, other than size and run numbers, with some being career and others volunteer. Part of that broad statement is that many of us still face major organizational problems. How we deal with them might make a difference.

 

Chief Stan…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on December 4, 2019 at 1:46pm — No Comments

Firefighter Health initiatives in Canada

Episode 4-12 – Bradley Davidson, CFEI – Firefighter Health Initiatives in Canada

Brad Davidson is a Canadian Fire Executive with 38 years serving, “Mrs. Smith.” Brad has a strong love and passion for the fire service, underscored by his years of experience and his certifications. Through out chats on Twitter and by phone, I shared my passion regarding the Fire Service Cancer Initiative with him. And with that, he was off and running.

He has done several…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on November 22, 2019 at 2:24pm — No Comments

Oklahoma City Bombing - Out of Chaos

This is the 11th episode of my fourth season of “5-Alarm Task Force.” I will honestly say that this episode is one of, if not THE best episode we have ever produced. It is informative, tragic and dark, yet also demonstrates inner strength and recovery.

My guest is Chris Fields, a retired Major with the Oklahoma City Fire Dept. While his name may not be familiar, a world-famous photo of him carrying the body of a toddler killed in the bombing of the Federal Building on April…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on November 18, 2019 at 10:19am — No Comments

Fireground Smarts!

If you have a year or two more “under your belt” you know that learning in a classroom is nothing compared with learning on an active fireground. A good firefighter is ready for almost anything as he/she dismounts from the apparatus, because the fireground is an ever-evolving, ever-changing, location with massive changes that can occur in just seconds. And if you’re not ready for it……

My guest on this episode is Lt. Mike Daley. He is a nationally known instructor and writer for the…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on November 1, 2019 at 9:39am — No Comments

Fireground Size-up - What Do You See?"

One of the most important numbers in our business is 360! It has been drilled into us that upon arrival at a call for smoke and/or fire, the first arriving officer should make as complete an inspection of the structure/scene, as is possible. Then, the officer gives the crew initial instructions to mitigate the issue. What does that officer see? What’s involved? What needs to be done first. All of this is part of what we call the “size-up.”

 

My guest is Chief Mike Terpak,…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on October 7, 2019 at 10:18am — No Comments

How Do They Do It???

We have all seen the news footage – huge wildfires consuming large areas in California. Last year, major fires like the Woolsey and Camp fires, destroyed thousands of acres of woodland, thousands of homes and disrupted the lives of tens of thousands of residents. And, in almost every newsreel, you saw firefighters and other first responders, doing tasks, such as fighting the fires, clearing a fire line, help escaping residents and much more. It begs the question, “How does California…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on September 23, 2019 at 10:26am — No Comments

"5-Alarm Task Force" - Episode 4-6 - Chief Shawn Oke - Using Enhanced Water

For as long as there have been people, fire and those willing to quench unexpected issues from fire, the basic tenet was “put the wet stuff on the red stuff!” Of course, there were no “classes” given to what was burning until many years later. And to be honest, that premise worked. However, in the last fifty years or so, one of the key issues that has changed is WHAT is burning and what is the safest and most expedient way to snuff these more modern flames.

 

On this podcast,…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on September 19, 2019 at 9:28am — No Comments

What's Up on the "5-Alarm Task Force" Podcast!

Does your department have a plan in place for its future? Do you know when your current apparatus will be deemed out-of-date and how they will be replaced? Tune in to our latest episode with my guest, Capt. John Dixon. Captain Dixon discusses the importance of having a Strategic Vision Plan for your department and provides guidance on how to start the process. Tune in via your favorite podcast platform or on our website,…

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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on September 18, 2019 at 9:49am — No Comments

The Firefighter Cancer Initiative - Re-Visit Our Podcast With Participating Doctors

Due to the level of importance this podcast bears, I am releasing it today in hopes that many of you will have the opportunity of listening to it over the weekend. Keeping with this important topic, I am following up the previous two “summer” shows with one we recorded this past March, featuring Alberto Caban-Martinez, DO, PhD and Natasha Schaefer-Solle, PhD, RN of the University of Miami, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Care Centers, along with…
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Added by Dalmatian Productions, Inc. on July 27, 2018 at 10:21am — No Comments

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

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