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Action | Ownership | Brotherhood

IGNITEd is a brotherhood of firefighters who challenge the status quo through self-improvement and accountability.

Topics include:
- leadership
- tactics, and strategy
- managing stress
- mental health
- physical fitness
- organizational health

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**The thoughts and opinions expressed in this podcast are solely those of myself and my guests. The IGNITEd Firefighter Podcast is written, produced, and hosted by Ryan Rodriquez.

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Action | Ownership | Brotherhood

IGNITEd is a brotherhood of firefighters who challenge the status quo through self-improvement and accountability.

Topics include:
- leadership
- tactics, and strategy
- managing stress
- mental health
- physical fitness
- organizational health

Be the firefighter you'd want on your crew!

Be IGNITEd!

**The thoughts and opinions expressed in this podcast are solely those of myself and my guests. The IGNITEd Firefighter Podcast is written, produced, and hosted by Ryan Rodriquez.

    Episode 084 - Set the Tone for a Healthy Culture!

    Episode 084 - Set the Tone for a Healthy Culture!

    In the fire service, we have a designated hierarchy of rank.  The influence of this chain of command is supposed to be followed up and down.  However, what happens when people in the high ranked positions are a big reason why people are feeling disenfranchised down the chain?

    We look to our leaders to set the tone for the organization and help with disbursement of information as well as morale.  Can you imagine William Wallace riding on his horse at the battle of Stirling, and instead of rallying his countrymen and talking about freedom, he says, “Eff morale!”

    In today’s episode, I will talk about how our culture in the fire service is being neglected and becoming stagnant and toxic, what we can do about it, and I will provide you with three simple things you can do every day to set the tone for a healthy culture.

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    Braveheart: Speech at Stirling

    It’s Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy


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    • 22 min
    Episode 083 - Define What Success Means To You!

    Episode 083 - Define What Success Means To You!

    Going into our panel interviews when trying to land a career in the fire service, you may hear the question, “what does success mean to you?”  For all of the questions you will get asked, you should be sure enough in what drives you, who you are, and what you want that you shouldn’t skip a beat.

    If you don’t have an idea of what it looks like to be successful, then how will you know what you need to do to achieve it?  The ONLY way to measure improvement is to have some kind of metric for measure, in this case; what is your definition of success?

    In today’s episode, I’m going to talk about why you need to identify what success means to you, and I will give you some steps you can take to start on your path

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    Episode 082 - Exploring Heart Rate Variability

    Episode 082 - Exploring Heart Rate Variability

    There’s a lot of different ways to track your fitness out there with Fitbit, Apple Watch, Garmin, Polar and all the other products popping up every day.  But which one is the best for you?  What exactly should you be measuring and why?

    You’ve heard me say it before, “what gets measured gets improved”.  Today I’m going to specifically talk about Heart Rate Variability.  I’ve touched on this topic before, but in today’s episode, I’m going to dive deeper into what HRV is, why you should pay attention to it, and at the end, I will provide 10 ways that you can improve your heart rate variability.

    I will also share with you which fitness tracker that I use and why.

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    • 25 min
    Episode 081 - Science-Based Benefits of CBD Oil

    Episode 081 - Science-Based Benefits of CBD Oil

    I worked with a guy the other day who was talking about how he holds a medical marijuana card and after he retires, he was thinking about going into the CBD and marijuana business.

    Now, I don’t have much experience with this kind of stuff because I have never smoked marijuana or done drugs.  However, that doesn’t mean I couldn’t talk to him about his thoughts and ideas on the topic.  He told me that there are a lot more people in the fire service using therapeutic marijuana products than you’d think.

    So in my efforts to keep balanced and learn more about this element that has a presence in the fire service, today’s episode is focused on talking about the things I learned while doing my homework on the subject of CBD oil.

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    Episode 080 - Lose Your Gut!

    Episode 080 - Lose Your Gut!

    When it comes to having six-pack abs, we all want results ASAP.  But when it comes to this particular fitness feat, time and dedication are the key.  But where do we start?  And how long can we expect it to take?  A few weeks?  A few months?  Well, things aren’t that simple.  There are many factors that go into this accomplishment and everyone is different.  However, we all have to start somewhere.  And starting is the KEY!

    Wherever you’re at, now is as good of time as any to get started in shedding that belly fat.  Obesity is surprisingly common in the U.S. fire service which causes us to have significantly reduced fitness and readiness, but more on that later.

    In today’s episode, I will talk about why we should be conscious in our efforts to lose your gut, and I will provide you with 12 ways that you can attack your belly fat and return to a state of fit readiness.  Not to mention improve your longevity.

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    The Secret to Great Abs

    Severely Obese Firefighters: What the Data Says

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    • 20 min
    Episode 079 - When That Day Comes

    Episode 079 - When That Day Comes

    With all the craziness of what’s going on in the world right now; rioting, looting and murders going unchecked, our brothers in blue have a lot on their plate.  Those working the front lines when it comes to maintaining order have some particular challenges that they’re currently facing.  Those of us in the fire service know what it’s like to work toward mitigating the stressors of the things that we see and the jobs that we are tasked with.  However, I wanted to get the perspective of a police officer who has worked in the field for over 20 years.

    Today, I share with you a conversation I had with Chris Hoyer.  He just retired from the Phoenix Police Department two years ago and in that time he’s been busy speaking to officers and public safety workers across the country about his experiences and how he dealt with them.  He also wrote a book called, “When That Day Comes” where he goes into more depth about the things he saw and how he handled them, and continues to keep the demons at bay today.

    I hope this interview helps to shine a light on the role that we don’t necessarily get to see all that often.  And by the end, I hope you come away with a sense that we are all people, trying to do a job, and not be taken over by the darkness that would otherwise envelop us.

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    • 48 min

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