Episode 36, From the Ballpark to the Fireground with Richie Robnett

We often hear people talk about how valuable it is for youth to play sports. The work ethic, teamwork and self-discipline that is developed on and off the field is integral to success as an athlete. Likewise, these traits translate into adulthood and contribute tremendously to one’s success in the workplace.
In episode 36 we have direct evidence of this statement as Richie Robnett, a Pro Ball player turn Firefighter, helps unpack this idea. Robnett grew up playing a variety of sports but found his passion in the Ballpark. Drafted into the majors he spent several years playing pro ball before a tumor and a career awakening made clear that it was time to move on. Robnett, looking for ways to challenge himself and continue to grow, transitioned from the clubhouse to the firehouse. We are lucky to have him serving in our community and as a guest on the FGF podcast. Please enjoy!
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Ep. 35 555 Fitness featuring Pip

When we consider our desire, to serve and protect our communities we often focus on the firefight. The just in time response to the critical, destructive and fast moving emergency. Our response must be aggressive, smart and powerful. The work demands it and if we are going to mount a meaningful fire attack we have to bring it!

Looking at the statistics of firefighter fatalities that are related to cardiovascular illness it has become shockingly clear that the physical demands of the job put a legitimate strain on our bodies. Understanding this reality it is imperative that we do something to better prepare for the rigorous demands on the fireground. We have to eat right, physically train and get good rest. It is a difficult challenge but it is our individual responsibility. The folks at 555 Fitness take this responsibility seriously and are doing great things to support you and the brotherhood.

On episode 35 Pip and I discussed many things but most importantly he shared with me his passion for the brotherhood. How he and the folks at 555Fitness are doing what they can to help firefighters get Fireground fit! Please enjoy!
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Ep. 34, Functional Firefighter Fitness with Dan Kerrigan & Jim Moss


I believe that physical, mental and emotional fitness are critical to success on the fireground.  Showing up weak, untrained and disinterested is a set up for disaster. Each of us needs to achieve balance in all these areas if we want to navigate our way to a long and healthy career.

Chief Dan Kerrigan and Captain Jim Moss have a similar ideology and in episode 34 we discussed their book, Functional Firefighter Fitness. It discusses this philosophy and contains some of the tools you and I can employ to reach optimal balance in our total wellness. Enjoy!
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Ep.33 Project Mayday with Don Abbott



You work in a space that has the potential to become IDLH, the very epitome of a hostile work environment! So, we take measures to mitigate this hazard. We conduct training, we study, we craft SOPs that illustrate command and control measures to keep us out of harms ways. None-the-less, there are times when things do not go as hoped, or as planned, and we find ourselves in deep trouble. So, we call a mayday. The disturbing thing is that these mayday events happen more frequently than you might imagine and for reasons that you might not believe.

Lucky for us Don Abbott has made it his mission to help us understand what is taking place during mayday events on the fireground. In Ep.33 we sat and discussed his nearly 50 years of work in the fire service and his current endeavor, Project Mayday. This project is a comprehensive and continuous of actual maydays. Abbott and his team have accumulated the fact, figures and audio from well over 6000 mayday events over the last 5 years.
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Ep. 32 Fighting the 47th ave fire and the aftermath with Derek Block




On November 12th, 2014, Derek Block was riding backwards on Engine 15 when they were dispatched on a working house fire. This busy company had been Blocks home for the last 10 years. The crew was a very talented and experienced group of hard chargers and together they had fought many fires. But on every incident the enemy gets a vote; and this fire, in a small, vacant house, was no exception.
In episode 32 Block shares with us the events that transpired in that fire fight, the injuries he sustained and the rigor of his challenging recovery. Block fought the fire the way he had been trained. He set up his attack in a way that had garnered victory countless time before, however, on this day the fire did not relent.
According to the psychologist Carl Jung “The difference between a good life and a bad life is how well you walk through the fire”. I would submit to you that Block has “walked through the fire” better than most. There is so much to be learned from Block’s experience and insight; I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did.
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The fire 


The Burn





Block's purpose



Ep.31 Hazmat Response and more featuring Jeff Zientek




After 33 years on the job Jeff Zientek has learned a thing or two about responding to hazardous situations. Specifically, he has focused his attention on Hazardous Materials response. His years of experience have culminated in a fantastic field operators guide for hazmat response that almost fits in your pocket.
In episode 31 Jeff and I had a great conversation about building trust with in your company, first in response to a hazmat call and much much more. Check it out!
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https://firegroundfitness.podbean.com/mf/play/7ikh7z/Ep__31_Jeff_Zientek.mp3

Ep.30 "Together!" From Testing through Probation with David, Les and Brittany









Les, David and Brittany, three very different folks from backgrounds that are just as varied. Brought together under one flag to accomplish a unified mission it is fitting that their recruit class moto is “Together!” In episode 30 we discussed the rigor of the hiring process, the challenges in the training academy and life as a probationary firefighter. Whether you are a would be fire fighter or an old salt, you are sure to enjoy this episode!

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