Episode 71, Culture and community with Scott Razo

 

Razo has a pretty standard story, played a variety of sports in high school, got the fire bug and landed a wildland opportunity, found a mentor and worked his way into a major metro fire department. However, Razo, by all accounts, is anything but “standard” and like all stories the magic is in the details.

In Episode 71 we talk through some of those details as Razo unpacks his journey. He shares the powerful impact that his first Fire Chief had on him and his thoughts about service, leadership and the critical role of the Senior Firefighter.  As you will hear in this episode, Razo is one of the most positive and uplifting human beings and his attitude is absolutely infectious. Take a listen and enjoy!

 

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Ep.70 Prep and Defend with Chris Ruano

From wildland to urban structure, firefighting takes thoughtful and engaged leadership. In episode 70 Captain Chris Ruano and I discuss the demands that exist on the fire ground and how to prepare oneself for the rigors and expectations of the job.

 

Chris Ruano currently serves on and leads teams in the Wildland and Municipal Fire-Service in Southern California. Having served as a Forest Service Hotshot and more recently, as a leader on Wildland and Municipal fire crews; “Roo” is especially passionate about fitness leadership and training methods. He draws his unique perspective from serving over 23 yrs in the Fire-Service. Chris is on a mission to build and equip firefighters and their leadership to be the most Capable, Functional, and Durable personnel on the fireground and beyond. 

 

"I am currently mentoring and coaching athletes and leaders that are interested in building teams that are more functionally relevant for the demands of an arduous lifestyle or tactical careers"

 

VenturAthlete.com

 

In order to share what he’s learned with other athletes and leaders, Chris created VenturAthlete.com.

Chris has developed a proven program through trial, error, experience, and adapting methods learned through various Programming and Coaching courses. 

 

"Leading and training our crews required developing high-level fitness programming that would create athletes that are extremely durable and well-rounded. I’ve worked hard to design and implement a year-round training program that provides the necessary balance of strength and conditioning for my entire team.”

 

Chris now specializes in preparing and training Fire Service Athletes for the arduous duties that their careers demand. As a current Wildland Training cadre member he is especially interested in helping out and physically preparing many of the young athletes that are striving to enter fire Department and Wildland and Fire Service careers.

 

What makes our year-round strength and conditioning programs unique?

Prep and Defend - Team Training

            Periodized to peak an athlete for “Fire-Season

                        Fall - Raw Strength 

                        Winter - Power Development

                        Spring - Strength Endurance

                        Summer - Bodyweight, a Kettlebell or Sandbag, and Bands 

            Use of Sandbags for functional “StrongBag” strongman work

 

The Prep and Defend Show - Podcast

Podcast

Chris is the creator and host of the Prep and Defend Show

a podcast inspired by Tactical Athletes and their lifestyles.

 

Learn helpful workout, leadership, and lifestyle strategies, insights, tips and hacks for you and your team. Join guests and hosts on this deep-dive into the fitness-leadership lifestyle of the Career Tactical Athlete or arduous lifestyle.

 

Guests and hosts will draw from their experience on Wildland Fire Crews, Municipal Fire Departments, and the greater Tactical Athlete and Fitness community in order to better equip the Tactical Athlete Community for the challenges of an arduous, high-commitment lifestyle. 

 

With long-term fitness and lifestyle goals in mind, you will learn helpful workout and life strategies, insights, and tips that you and or your team can apply as you push yourselves to exceed the standard on the “Fire-Line” and beyond.”

 

 

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Fog Nozzle Friday #4

 On today's Fog Nozzle Friday Aaron and I discussed a few really great topics:

What choices have you made that shaped who you are?

What's something you believe that other people think is crazy? 

In the last 5 years what's a new behavior or habit that has changed your life?

What the best piece of leadership advice you've been given? 

 

I hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed our conversation!



Ep.69 Lessons learned on the beat with Chris Perez

 

An eternity ago I met a young Chris Perez, working together at REI, hiking, biking, going to school and starting our young families. We had a lot in common and became fast friends. Perez graduated and became a local police officer, serving in every possible capacity (see below). In Episode 69 Commander Perez and I discuss some of the lessons learned during his storied career and how we still have many things in common, the most obvious being our desire to be firefighters, I mean public servants. Enjoy the episode.

A little more about our guest…  



Commander Chris Pérez, began his career with the Chandler Police Department in 1997, after serving in the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. He has worked in numerous patrol positions throughout the department. In 2000 he became an investigator as part of the Neighborhood Response Team. In 2004 Pérez changed roles and became a School Resource Officer, instructing students in the Chandler Unified School District. In this assignment, Pérez created the Chandler Police Department Wilderness Experience, an outdoor, experiential education opportunity that serves middle school students. This successful program is still active today.

In 2004 he returned to the Criminal Investigations Bureau as a Special Victims detective, where he investigated violent crime and crimes against children. During his tenure, Pérez oversaw some of the city’s most high-profile cases and sought justice for victims. In 2012 he was promoted to sergeant and returned to patrol until 2014 when he was selected to return to the Special Victims Unit as Detective Sergeant. This provided the opportunity to oversee the direction of investigations, enhance best practices and serve as co-coordinator for the State of Arizona Child Abduction Response Team. He also served on an advisory committee in Washington D.C. developing a national protocol for sex abuse medical forensic examinations, in conjunction with the Department of Justice, the Department of Interior, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Human Health Services.

In 2014, Pérez assumed leadership of the Honor Guard as an ancillary duty, and in 2015 he was promoted to lieutenant, serving as watch commander over patrol. In 2016 he was selected to lead the department’s Special Investigations Section overseeing all Gang, Criminal Intelligence, Narcotics and Human Trafficking investigations.

In January of 2020, Commander Perez was assigned as the Operational Support Bureau Commander.  Perez oversees the daily operations of the following units:  SWAT, Criminal Apprehension Unit (CAU), K-9 Unit, Motor Unit, DUI Unit, Vehicular Crimes Unit, Bike Team Unit, Training Unit, SRO Unit, Park Ranger Unit, Volunteers in Policing Unit, Detention Services Unit, and our Police Cadet Unit.

Commander Pérez earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Arizona State University in 1997 and holds a master’s degree (2010) in education from Northern Arizona University. In his spare time, Commander Pérez is an outdoor enthusiast, an Adjunct College Professor of Justice Studies and also presents case studies and lectures throughout the United States.

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Ep.68, 50 years of learning with Dennis Compton

During my career I have had several opportunities to sit in lecture halls and listen to Chief Dennis Compton share some of the wisdom he has gleaned over 50 years in the fire service. He taught us that one should “never sacrifice a relationship for an outcome”, that we need to “become politically competent”, and be aware of what behaviors and procedures that we “institutionalize.” 

In episode 68 Chief Compton and I chatted about his journey into the fire service, how things have changed and how important relationships are to a healthy organization. We talked about these important topics and so much more. Give it a listen and please enjoy.

                                                                                                                                             

A little about our guest…

Dennis Compton serves as a respected Executive Advisor for national, state, and local fire service and homeland security organizations. He was the Fire Chief in Mesa, Arizona for six years and Assistant Fire Chief in Phoenix, Arizona, where he served for 28 years. Chief Compton has Chaired the IFSTA Executive Board and also Chaired the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) National Advisory Council (NAC), where he continues to represent IFSTA. Chief Compton Chaired the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) Board of Directors for well over a decade and served as the Secretary of the International Public Safety Data Institute (IPSDI) Board of Directors as well. He has also served on the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Board of Directors.

Dennis is a widely recognized speaker and author. He has written many articles and chapters for publications, including five of his own books – the two latest being: 1) Progressive Leadership Principles, Concepts, and Tools; and 2) Mental Aspects of Performance for Firefighters and Fire Officers.

Chief Compton is a 2011 Inductee into the National Fire Heritage Center’s Hall of Legends, Legacies, and Leaders; a 2018 Inductee into the Firehouse Legends and Icons National Hall of Fame; and is a charter member of the Arizona Fire Service Hall of Fame. He is the recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association (Metro Chiefs) and the Arizona Fire Chiefs Association (AFCA).

Dennis has received the George D. Post National Fire Service Instructor of the Year Award and was recognized as the American Fire Sprinkler Association Fire Service Person of the Year. He was named the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by the University of Phoenix and received the coveted CFSI/Motorola Solutions Mason Lankford National Fire Service Leadership Award. Chief Compton has also received the 2014 Dr. John Granito Award for Excellence in Fire Service Leadership and Management Research; the 2016 International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) James O. Page EMS Achievement Award; and was awarded the 2019 IAFC President’s Award.

Since 1978, Chief Compton has served on many IFSTA Validation Committees and Task Groups, including as Past Chair of Chief Officer. Dennis was first elected to the IFSTA Executive Board in 1983 and represents IFSTA with many national fire service organizations addressing critical projects, issues, and planning endeavors.

 

 

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Fog Nozzle Friday 3

 On this episode of Fog Nozzle Friday Aaron Quinn and I discuss a few listener questions. 

1) Smooth Bore or Combination nozzle? 

2) What are good ways to develop mental toughness and discipline?

3) When should you retire?

 

Great questions and well reasoned and deeply researched answers :-)  Enjoy!

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Episode 67, No clowning around with David Blau

 When people mention David Blau you hear things like “that dude’s a cage fighting monster, a straight up murderer”.  So, the day I first met Blau I was a little nervous, his imposing stature and large hamhock size hands reinforce his reputation. Then he opens his mouth and delivers the most ridiculous “dad joke”, immediately putting you at ease and exposing his true identity as a caring family man and giant teddy bear. To be clear, this gentle giant, can pull your arms off and pummel you with them at will, the rep was earned, but you will have to give him a reason.

 


Blau is a 6 time ibjjf world champion, 4 time pan am champion, National champion and 8 time Arizona state champion. He’s been training for 21 years and is black belt under Samir Chantre and Paul Nava. Further, he’s been a Firefighter for over 23 years for Chandler Fire Department; serving as a paramedic, Technical Rescue Technician and most recently as an Engineer on the utility truck!

 

Blau has a creative side that lead him to create, write and produce a children’s television show - Sprinklers Clubhouse–  check it out on youtube!

 

Further, Blau is all about family, married 30 years with 5 kids and 2 grandchildren. On whom he practices his “Dad jokes” with mixed success.

 

In his spare time Blau provides training to our LE family as a ground fighting and firearms instructor.

 

In episode 67 we talk about all of these things and so much more, please enjoy.

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