Ep.44 The Next Rung with Blake Stinnett

 From a gospel ministry to the Fire Service, Blake Stinnett has made his life’s focus service. While this path may seem nontraditional, Stinnett’s Father, who was a Volunteer firefighter, set the expectation and example of putting others first. Recognizing a need in the Brotherhood Stinnett created NextRung. NextRung is a peer support group that trains and facilitates peer support and crisis intervention as well as local networking of mental health resources. In Ep.44 we talk a little about being a firefighter in Georgia and a lot about being a good Brother and how NextRung supports this. We all need some support from time to time, so, share this episode. Share the links below. Share your time and concern with a brother or sister in need. It may be as simple as sitting in the uncomfortable silence and just being present. No grand solutions, no problem solving, just be present.

 

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Ep.43 Discipline for you and the Dog W/ Mike Smith

The word discipline is often thrown around a little too casually these days; sapping its power and value. You cannot just speak about discipline rather it must be practiced, exercised, and flexed for one to truly appreciate its personal importance. In episode 43 Mike Smith and I talk about discipline; we unpack some of the elements gained through wrestling, firefighting, training and dog handling.   Please enjoy!

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Ep.42 From the Fireground to the Executive Office "the mission doesn't change!" with Kelvin Bartee

 

When you spend your entire adult life serving your community and fellow man you learn a few things! Number one - “treat people like human beings!”; Two - “it’s about communication and collaboration” and three “no matter your position or function in the organization focus on the mission.” Chief Bartee’s 33 years in the fire service were spent working every position on fire trucks, on the HazMat team, as an Recruit Training officer, Battalion Chief, Human Resource Chief and so much more. In episode 42 he shares some of his hard-earned lessons. I hope you enjoy!

 

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Ep.41 -xpost- Make the Difference Podcast w/ Brandan Millan, Bryan Parks & Rayne Gray

 My mama told me to study my lessons while in school and I argued endlessly. It was not until I had "grown up", a term I am using very liberally, that I began to understand the value of her admonitions.  She knew something I had yet to comprehend, that education stretched one’s mind and increased an individual’s capacity for growth.  I am eternally grateful to the many folks who encouraged me to go to school. The nudges and encouraging words have added a tremendous value to my life.

In episode 41 I have shared a podcast that was originally released on the “Make the Difference podcast”. Recorded nine or more months ago, Retired Deputy Chief Bryan Parks, Captain Brandan Millan and Myself discuss leadership, learning and the value of higher education. If you have ever thought “I should consider going back to school” I would tell you “yes, that’s what you should do!” No further question. Don’t just take my word for it, listen to our conversation and maybe it will add some additional value to the proposition.

Getting further education is not without challenges and difficulty. There is a time and a season for each of us. My hope is that you are fully engaged in your life and thinking through the decisions and consequences. Give the episode a listen, enjoy, then go on out there and GetSome.

 

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Ep. 40 "I want to be your first phone call" with Dakota Waldum



Meet Dakota Waldum, at 5'2" you may think of her as an unlikely Firefighter. However, when you listen to the determination and leadership offered by this young mother of three, you quickly come to understand how little her height matters. Like a true Texan she has zero room for silly BS and when there's work to do, whether in the gym or on the fireground, she is getting after it!  As a busy Mom, Firefighter and Medic, Dakota is focused on the needs of the job and supporting the Brotherhood. She trains like a beast, is dedicated to the mission, and sets a tremendous example. Listen in on episode 40 - you will love this episode!

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Ep. 39 Captain America Has Many talents with Bobby Benome


Firefighters come from a wide variety of backgrounds and Bobby Benome is no exception. Benome, a CPA turn Firefighter, has made service a focal point of his life. He serves his clients, FDNY's customers and he is often found in a super suit bringing good vibes to kids. In ep. 39, Benome and I discuss all of these things and more! You will be impressed and inspired, give it a listen and enjoy!
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Ep. 38 Live. Serve. Thrive. with Aaron Quinn






Aaron Quinn is a solid brother - He takes his career, his family and his fitness seriously. Which is why he is a perfect guest to have on the FGF podcast. He shared his bio and I would like you to hear from Aaron in his own words. I am pleased to introduce Episode 38 with Aaron Quinn, Enjoy!

“I live in Oakland with my wife and three kids.  I grew up in Oakland, California, where I now serve the citizens as a Firefighter. I was hired in 2002 and I have worked in the East end my whole career on 7 Truck and 6 Truck companies.  I am currently the senior Firefighter on the B shift at Station 18.

As a child I swam and played Water Polo through High School and I started my coaching at the age of 15, when I assisted in coaching a summer swim team. This ignited a fire in my heart for the love of coaching.  In 2007/2008 I dove deep into CrossFit, and soon after got lost in the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, which I still practice, along with my weekly yoga practice.

For as long as I can remember, I was passionate about fitness, overall health and wellness and general optimization and human potential. Over the years, I’ve found myself seeking the unification of mind, body, soul/spirit to achieve peak performance through all aspects of my live and through my coaching experience, I’ve been drawn to coach and train others in much of what I’ve learned. I’ve discovered that sharing this, guiding others and helping them grow brings tremendous joy to my life.
 
Currently, the Wim Hof Method has reshaped my believe in what is possible for the human existence.  Melding my experience on duty and off, from the pools of my youth, to the gyms of my yesterday, to the mats (jiu jitsu AND yoga) of today, and all my futures--from my life as a Father and Husband-- I wish to share the tools, tricks, and tips that help me. I offer you my lessons and failures, my triumphs and losses, so we may learn and grow stronger.

I invite you to get curious with me and I hope your journey is as amazing as mine.” 

-          Aaron Quinn
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