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.
Cayla Harper - 023
Cayla Harper is a firefighter/paramedic for the Virginia Beach Fire Department on a heavy rescue, and has been in the fire service for 10 years. She has also been part of an ocean rescue lifesaving service for 14 years.
Cayla is certified at the technician level for rope rescue, confined space rescue, trench rescue, vehicle rescue and structural collapse, and she is also a hazardous materials technician. Cayla’s mission is to always be better than the day before and to never lean on excuses for anything. She believes you can never stop learning in this profession, and you can never be good enough at a job that can kill you.
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Brendon Trayner - 022
Captain Brendon Trayner started his public safety career 15 years ago, and currently works in the town of Gilbert, Arizona. Brendon is the author of the Amazon #1 Bestseller: Fire Interview - The Storyteller Method. He is passionate about firefighter recruitment as well as assisting firefighters with the promotional process. Brendon is always seeking to find ways to innovate and make the process better.
He has also been a recruit training officer, health and fitness instructor, Haz-Mat technician, paramedic, and teaches special operations throughout Arizona. Captain Trayner is also an Executive Board member for the International Association of Firefighters, overseeing recruitment and promotional processes.
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Gary Ludwig - 021
Gary Ludwig currently serves as the Fire Chief of the ISO Class 1 Champaign Fire Department in Illinois and he has 43 years of fire, rescue, and EMS experience.
Chief Ludwig started his career with the City of St. Louis at age 18, just two months out of high school. He eventually rose through the ranks and retired as the Chief Paramedic of the St. Louis Fire Department after 25 years of service. He has also served 10 years as Deputy Fire Chief for the Memphis Fire Department, managing EMS and the Emergency Management Office. He has a Master’s degree in Business and Management, and has been a licensed paramedic for over 40 years.
He has written over 500 articles for professional fire and EMS publications and is the author of four best-selling books, including Fully Involved Leadership. He has also been invited to speak at over 400 professional EMS or fire conferences or seminars.
Most recently, he served as the President and Chairman of the Board of the International Association of Fire Chiefs during the 2019-2020 term.
Learn more at GaryLudwigBooks.com
A.B. Turenne - 020
A.B. Turenne is a 22-year veteran of the fire service and currently a career firefighter in Middlesex County, Connecticut.
Starting in 2017 at nearly 40 years of age, A.B. made an amazing personal transformation to his health and fitness, losing over 150 pounds.
A.B. is also a certified fire instructor II at the eastern Connecticut Fire School and a graduate from the Master of Public Administration program at Anna Maria College. Lastly, he is a contributor to the Fire Engineering Training Community.
Aaron Heller - 019
Chief Aaron Heller is a 37-year veteran of the fire service, beginning his fire service career in 1984. He is a Deputy Chief in the Hamilton, New Jersey Fire Department. He previously served as the Fire Chief for the Hamilton Township Fire District #9. Deputy Chief Heller is a NJ Level 2 instructor, fire official, and EMT. He is a past chief of the New Egypt Volunteer Fire Company and past chairman of the Plumsted Township Board of Fire Commissioners.
Chief Heller is a senior instructor with the Mercer County Fire Academy. He instructs and presents at several national, regional, and local training events throughout the United States and abroad. He has been published in Fire Engineering Magazine, Fire & Rescue Magazine, The Fire Department Training Network, and several local publications. He is a former co-host of Fire Engineering’s Humpday Hangout on Training. Aaron is a founding member of the Jersey F.O.O.L.S chapter of the Fraternal Order Of Leatherhead Society. Chief Heller holds a Bachelors degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University. Lastly, he is the founder and owner of On Scene Training Associates, LLC.
Learn more at OnSceneTraining.com.
Forest Reeder - 018
Forest Reeder is a 43-year veteran of the fire service and is currently the Fire Chief in Tinley Park, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. He has instructed at FDIC for over 20 years and teaches nationally on fire service training, safety, and officer development-related topics. He is a previous recipient of the George D. Post Instructor of the Year award.
He is the co-author of Foundations of Instructional Delivery; Fire Instructor 1 and Fire Service Instructor, Principles and Practices. He is the author of the weekly drill feature at FirefighterCloseCalls.com and at FireEngineering.com.
Learn more at TheTrainingOfficer.com.
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Best show ever
I received the book for Christmas this year and I have completely read the book and saw the podcast! If you enjoy the book you will love the podcast
These are the conversations that matter for those of us in the fire service!
Sit in on these conversations and be saturated with perspective, knowledge, and humility.
Take what you need and pass on what you can!