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When lives depend on us, success is our only option. Learn from successful firefighters and fire service leaders on how to achieve excellence, continuously improve, and leave a lasting impact and legacy in the fire service. Learn more about the Firefighter Success book at FirefighterSuccessBook.com.


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    • 4.8 • 55 Ratings

When lives depend on us, success is our only option. Learn from successful firefighters and fire service leaders on how to achieve excellence, continuously improve, and leave a lasting impact and legacy in the fire service. Learn more about the Firefighter Success book at FirefighterSuccessBook.com.

    David Hesselmeyer - 073

    David Hesselmeyer - 073

    David Hesselmeyer started in the emergency services in 1997. He holds certifications such as North Carolina Firefighter Level II, Advanced Firefighter, Rescue Technician, Hazardous Materials Level I Responder, EMT-Paramedic, Executive Emergency Management Coordinator, and Certified Emergency Manager.
    Currently David volunteers with Buies Creek Fire Rescue as a Firefighter/EMT, is an adjunct instructor at Campbell University in the Homeland Security program, and speaks at state and national conferences. David is also a contributing writer for the Carolina Fire Rescue Journal and Fire Engineering magazine. 
    Lastly, he is the President and CEO of On Target Preparedness, an all hazards emergency services consulting company located in North Carolina.
    Learn more at OnTargetPrep.com. 

    • 41 min
    Jared Vermeulen - 072

    Jared Vermeulen - 072

    Jared Vermuelen is a captain with Boca Raton Fire Rescue in Florida where he has served for over 15 years. He is a first generation firefighter that entered the fire service in 2007 after working as a paramedic for a local ambulance company and hospital. Jared Specializes in hazardous materials, rope rescue, trench rescue, confined space, and heavy extrication as a part of his department’s regional hazmat team for Boca Raton and Palm Beach County. 
    Jared is the author of the book “The Modern Fire Officer,” which is intended to help officers create healthy crews and prepare for the many challenges they will face throughout their leadership.
    Learn more about him and his book at ModernFireOfficer.com

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Arjuna George - 071

    Arjuna George - 071

    Arjuna George is the author of “Burnt Around The Edges, A guide to Mastering Stress and Surviving Burnout.” He retired in 2021 as the Fire Chief for Salt Spring Island Fire Rescue after 24 years of service.
    Chief George is a trauma-informed resilience coach and T.R.E.® Provider specializing in performance coaching for burnout prevention and recovery for fire chiefs and fire leaders. 
    He is a family man, entrepreneur, and author with a passion for helping others lead healthier and happier lives. 
    Learn more at his website: BurntAroundTheEdges.com

    • 44 min
    Ryan Rodriquez - 070

    Ryan Rodriquez - 070

    Ryan Rodriquez is a firefighter/paramedic who has been on the job for 16 years.  He is the founder of IGNITEd, a company where he provides public strength training and nutrition coaching services as well as private leadership and teamwork consulting services. Ryan also hosts the IGNITEd Firefighter Podcast, where he talks about all things fire service related in order to help his audience deal with the mental, physical, and emotional stressors of the job.
    Ryan’s new book is called “Own It! Build a Fire Service Culture of Trust and Integrity Through Accountability.”  You can learn more about his book and listen to his podcast at IgnitedFF.com.

    • 50 min
    Jesse Quinalty - 069

    Jesse Quinalty - 069

    Jesse Quinalty is a Master Instructor and the owner of Red Helmet Training in Southern California which houses four classrooms and a command training center. He specializes in Company Officer Training as well as table top and digital fire simulations. He is a Captain with the San Bernardino County Fire Department working in Battalion 10 and was the Operations and Training Captain at his previous department.
    Jesse has authored several articles in fire service magazines and has recently published a book titled Rescue Me: Strategies and Tactics for Employee Fires. 
    He has presented at several conferences including the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC), Firehouse World San Diego, Firehouse Expo Nashville, Fire Rescue International (FRI), Fire Shows West – Reno, Fire Rescue South Carolina and the Virginia Fire Rescue Conference.  
    Lastly, he is the producer and host of the monthly video series “Firefighters in Fire Trucks getting Ice Cream” and “The Firefighter Book Club.”

    Learn more at RedHelmetTraining.com and FirefighterBookClub.com.

    • 1 hr
    Curt Isakson - 068

    Curt Isakson - 068

    Chief Curt Isakson is a 30-plus year veteran of the fire service, with experience working in volunteer, career, and combination departments in urban, suburban, rural, and countywide settings.
    He is currently a battalion chief for Escambia County Fire Rescue in Florida where he has worked for the last 21 years. Before his time with Escambia, Curt was a Company Officer with the Pensacola Fire Department assigned to Heavy Rescue 31 for 9 years.
    Lastly, he is the founder of County Fire Tactics, a go-to resource for firefighter training. With popular conferences such as Water on The Fire, High-rise Operations, Command Officer Bootcamp, and THE Fire Conference coming in 2023, County Fire Tactics is making a huge impact on the fire service.

    Learn more at CountyFireTactics.com

    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

Smurfteer ,

Fantastic Podcast to listen and learn from.

The name of the podcast is truly apropos. If you are a firefighter, regardless of your rank, this is a podcast for you. Jim brings out the best in those he interviews and gives you an opportunity to pick up some valuable information to help you excel or succeed in your career. You will definitely enjoy.

eagsbfd ,

Always great information!

Great podcast from great leaders in the Fire Service.


Outstanding, a must for all FF

This is a must listen for new and seasoned firefighters. Not afraid to ask the tough questions, speak about leaders and leadership from all levels.

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