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Host Kevin Ferrara, discusses important issues involving fire protection and emergency services, leadership, and organizational management with guests and listeners from around the world.

AFSO21's Weekend Wrap-up Podcast Kevin Ferrara

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Host Kevin Ferrara, discusses important issues involving fire protection and emergency services, leadership, and organizational management with guests and listeners from around the world.

    Recap of Firefighter Health and Wellness Conference Presentation

    Recap of Firefighter Health and Wellness Conference Presentation

    In this episode, host Kevin Ferrara talks about his recent presentation at the 4th Annual Firefighter Health and Wellness Conference in "exotic" Beavercreek, Ohio where firefighters from 14 states converged to obtain information and listen to industry experts talk about health and safety.

    The focus of Kevin's presentation was on PFAS exposure to military and DoD firefighters and what the DoD is lacking with respect to minimizing unnecessary exposure and health care for those exposed.

    Throughout this episode, Kevin gives audience members an insight as to the severity of PFAS exposure to military personnel, in particular firefighters and their families.  Additionally, Kevin highlights how the DoD continues to refuse to publicly speak about PFAS contamination.

    AFSO21's Weekend Wrap-up Podcast is ranked in the top 15 Fire Protection and Safety podcasts!

    Links:
    AFSO21 LLC

    Fire Department Coffee

    DoD IG Report on PFAS

    Evaluation of DoD Actions on PFAS

    CDC NHANES PFAS "Averages"

    Environmental Working Group PFAS Interactive Map

    Brother Helping Brothers



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    • 2 hr 6 min
    Something for Everyone

    Something for Everyone

    *UPDATE* After speaking with the law firm identified in this podcast, they apologized for the article and have since removed it from their website.

    In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara thanks his audience members for their support with recognizing his cousin Stephen Ferrara's recent passing.

    As the episode continues, Kevin speaks about Hurricane IDA and how those along the Gulf Coast need to be prepared for what is being reported as a catastrophic storm.

    Kevin talks about the political impact of Afghan refugees coming to America might have on emergency responders at military installations as well as in municipalities where the refugees are being temporarily housed and eventually relocated.

    Kevin then talks about Emergency Response Capabilities and asks audience members if responding with just one person on an apparatus is effective.

    As the episode wraps up, Kevin speaks about how he and other firefighters he's supporting were recently named by a law firm's blog without their knowledge and how a reporter they have been working with was shocked at how the law firm essentially stole her work.

    Links:
    IDA strengthens into major Catagory 4 hurricane ahead of US landfall (Fox News)

    Pentagon opens up more military bases in US to hold up to 50,000 Afghans (Fox News)

    Some Afghan evacuees flagged for concern by CBP at military bases worldwide (Fox News)

    Firefighters Denied Coverage by Veterans Affairs After Exposure to PFAS Firefighting Foam (The Intercept)









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    • 55 min
    Firefighter Health Seems Less Important than Profits

    Firefighter Health Seems Less Important than Profits

    In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host, Kevin Ferrara talks about how many believe the health and safety of firefighters are less important than profits made by chemical companies producing PFAS.

    Before the podcast starts, Kevin recognizes his cousin, Stephen Ferrara who recently passed away.  Stephen was a volunteer firefighter, former Deputy Chief, and emergency communications dispatcher.  "Stevie" was someone who would always take time to help someone, so much, he was credited with saving the lives of a family trapped by fire as he was on his way to work.  Without hesitation, Stephen entered the smoke-filled home, searching for, and finding the family, ultimately leading them to safety as emergency responders arrived on the scene. 

    Kevin continues his podcast by talking about how the Veterans Affairs is now accepting disability claims for veterans who were deployed to locations where particulates may have caused asthma, rhinitis, and sinusitis.  The VA added these three presumptive conditions based on the airborne hazards veterans were exposed to during their assignment to certain regions.

    Kevin then speaks about PFAS blood testing and how he recently received what he considers a very simple blood test kit that will test for many more PFAS analytes than what the DoD is currently testing for.  Kevin also speaks about the importance of having one's blood tested for PFAS due to the significant health risks PFAS has on the human body.

    As the episode wraps up, Kevin speaks about certain pieces of legislation that seem to have stalled in Congress that if passed, would begin to protect firefighters and even civilians near military installations.  Unfortunately, certain members of Congress to include his own representative, Fred Keller (PA-12) voted no to H.R. 2467 The PFAS Action Act.  Despite numerous requests for comment, Kevin has yet to receive a response from Representative Keller's office as to why he voted no and continues to support DuPont, a leading manufacturer of PFAS.

    Links:

    Stephen Ferrara Obituary and Contributions

    Veterans Airborn Hazards and Burn Pit Exposures

    Gulf War Illnesses Linked to Southwest Asia Service (Southwest Theater of Operations)

    Former Cannon Firefighter Talks PFAS Contamination Groundwater War

    Toxic Threat (Santa Fe Reporter)

    Eurofins PFAS Testing

    WVEC Report: Military Bases Contaminating Chesapeake Bay with Forever Chemicals

    H.R. 2467 PFAS Action Act

    H.R. 2111 Michael Lecik Military
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Explosive DoD IG Report on PFAS Used Within the DoD

    Explosive DoD IG Report on PFAS Used Within the DoD

    Get ready everyone, this episode is going to be explosive!

    AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara gives his interpretation of the July 22, 2021, DoD Inspector General (IG) report that shows what the DoD has and has not done to protect DoD personnel including firefighters from PFAS contamination.

    Kevin provides audience members a summary of the 82-page report, highlighting certain areas that the DoD IG determined to be in his opinion. failures and egregious lack of initiative and responsibility to adequately protect and inform DoD and civilians on or near DoD installations about PFAS contamination. 

    One area of interest is how the DoD stated they have no plans to track, trend, or analyze PFAS blood test results for firefighters despite there being a requirement to do so.  The DoD's refusal has left DoD firefighters asking what their blood results mean and if they should be concerned.  Meanwhile, DoD medical officials have not responded to those inquiries, thus leaving firefighters to feel neglected.

    Links:

    Evaluation of the Department of Defense’s Actions to Control Contaminant Effects from Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances at Department of Defense Installations (DODIG-2021-105)

    FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

    DoDI 6055.05, Occupational and Environmental Health

    DoDI 4715.18 Emerging Chemicals (ECS) of Environmental Concern

    DoDM 6055.05 Occupational Medical Examinations and Surveillance Manual

    DoDD 4715.01E Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health (ESOH)

    EWG PFAS Interactive Map
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    • 1 hr 51 min
    Crew Inspections

    Crew Inspections

    In this episode, The Weekend Wrap-up host, Kevin Ferrara speaks about the importance and really, the necessity of fire protection and emergency services performing crew inspection through commercial facilities within their jurisdiction.

    Recent incidents have shown that had a thorough crew inspection, or building walk-through been performed, the outcome might have been prevented.

    Supporting the topic, Kevin speaks about the recent Surfside, Florida apartment complex collapse, the Station Nightclub fire, and the Morris, Illinois abandoned paper mill fire where crews found the building was not what they thought, turning out to be a lithium battery storage facility. 

    Kevin also recaps a previous episode where he and his guests spoke about suicide awareness and prevention and how it is extremely important for everyone to feel comfortable speaking and listening to each other when feeling stressed.

    And with nearly every episode, Kevin touches on PFAS and the risks associated with exposure.  Kevin talks about PFAS blood testing and how the GAO recently published a report on what they found within the DoD regarding PFAS remediation.

    AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up is ranked in the top 15 Fire Protection and Safety podcasts by Feedspot.

    To learn more about Kevin and AFSO21, please check out www.afso21.com

    Links to references in this episode:
    Surfside Building Collapse (Credit WPBF News)

    Morris, IL Paper Mill Fire (Credit ABC 7 Eyewitness News)

    GAO Firefighting Foam Chemicals Report


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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Let's Talk About PFAS

    Let's Talk About PFAS

    In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host, Kevin Ferrara talks privately about PFAS and what is and is not being done to protect firefighters exposed to toxic substances.

    Kevin talks about the Michael Lecik Military Firefighters Protection Act and where the piece of proposed legislation currently rests in Congress, explaining some of the bill's stipulations and what he feels needs to be revised to ensure all military firefighters are protected.

    As the episode transitions to other topics, Kevin explains how he continues to receive correspondence from current and former military firefighters who state their VA claims are being denied despite their proven exposure to AFFF and PFAS.

    Kevin asks that the Weekend Wrap-up audience send him an email with their questions, concerns, interest in being on the podcast.  Messages can be sent to contact@afso21.com

    Links:

    Michael Lecik Military Firefighter Protection Act

    Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act of 2021 (House Bill)

    Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act of 2021 (Senate Bill)

    Firefighters Denied Coverage by Veterans Affairs After Exposure to PFAS Firefighting Foam

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Statement Regarding the Need Not to Conduct PFAS Blood Testing

    Vista Analytical Laboratory and PFAS Testing

    Indoor Dust Contains PFAS and Other Toxic Chemicals

    Gear Treated with 'Forever Chemicals' Poses Risk to Firefighters

    AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up is ranked in the Top 15 Fire Protection and Safety Podcasts by Feedspot.
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    • 1 hr 18 min

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