Ep.7 The RTO - Reputation, Leadership & Family

Captain Austin Moreland Just completed his first tour as a recruit training officer for the Phoenix Fire department regional fire academy. He and I sat down for a conversation covering reputation, leadership and family, from the perspective of a recruit through the end of one's career.

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Ep. 6: Fire House Subs and Firefighter Decon - Ed Cunningham's mission to feed and support firefighters

In Episode 6 we talk to Ed Cunningham he served more than a decade as a Firefighter and Paramedic in the area northwest of Phoenix, AZ, Ed has also served as Engineer, PIO, Union rep, and Honor Guard lead for his department. In 2016, he temporarily left the fire service to finish achieving another dream of opening a restaurant. As a Firehouse Subs Franchisee, Ed has continued his service to First Responders and Military through his charity work and raising money for grants through the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

For more information about Ed and the projects he's working on check out the following links

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Ep 5. Growing up in the Phoenix Fire Department with Deputy Chief Chris Stewart

Deputy Chief Chris Stewart shares with us how he got his start in the PFD and how he was “raised” by the fire department. How critical lessons occurred during pivotal moments in his career and shaped the way he considers risk and size up.
  • We discussed the loss of our Brother Firefighter Bret Tarver and touched on just a couple of very important take a ways that shaped both Stewart and I during very different parts of our careers.
The impact that Bret’s death had on the PFD was profound. Please take the time to read this final report published by the PFD. There are valuable lessons that we must always remember.
  • Stewart referred to Retired Chief Don Abbott’s Mayday project – Chief Abbott has done a tremendous service to the men and women of the American fire service by helping uncover the obvious and latent issues that lead to mayday events on the fireground. Take a look at the research and find ways to shore up your operations. Many of the items that lead to maydays are totally preventable. http://projectmayday.net/

  • Early in the episode we talked of Stewart's love of mountain biking. However, I failed to come full circle and share that he is one of the co-founders of the Arizona High School Mountain bike racing league. The first of its kind in Arizona and a tremendous success. Check it out! And If you’re a local get out there and support and if you’re not - buy a t-shirt from the league and support.

Episode 4: Lessons learned from law enforcement with Sgt. Michelle Thiry (ret)

Michelle is a recently retired PD Sergeant with over 26 years of service with the city of Phoenix Police Department. In this episode she shares how she began her career as a brand new college grad, survived nearly a decade working undercover in sex crimes, lessons in leadership and so much more!

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Episode 3: Why service matters to me, lessons learned from the Roymor Fire with Rayne

When I was a kid, just 17 years old, my friend and I ran up on a house fire. We learned some real lessons from this event and it has shaped the way I think about and value service. In episode 3 I share the story of the Roymor fire and the impact it has had on me. Give it a listen and let me know what you think.

In Strength