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The podcast for and about firefighters, "Code 3" covers topics of interest to those in the fire service, in about 20 minutes. We take one subject, one guest, and get it done. We don't waste your time.

Code 3 - The Firefighters Podcast Scott Orr

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    • 4.4 • 71 Ratings

The podcast for and about firefighters, "Code 3" covers topics of interest to those in the fire service, in about 20 minutes. We take one subject, one guest, and get it done. We don't waste your time.

    Command Post Placement and Distractions with Robby Bergerson

    Command Post Placement and Distractions with Robby Bergerson

    Incident commanders, here are some questions for you:
    How much thought do you put into where you set up your command post?
    Is it usually on the alpha side of a structure? Why is that? Routine? Street access?
    What about distractions? For example, noise. That can not only give you a headache but also make you miss an urgent radio call, right?
    My guest on this edition of Code 3 has been considering questions like this for a while. He has suggestions for things to think about the next time you pull up to the fireground and are ready to drop that tailgate.
    Robby Bergerson is the executive deputy chief of the Waco, Texas Fire Department. He’s got three decades in the fire service, having served in every rank and supervising every division. He’s also a credentialed Chief Fire Officer through CPSE.

    • 16 min
    How to Set Standards for Probie Training with Jesse Marcotte

    How to Set Standards for Probie Training with Jesse Marcotte

    This week’s show is related to last week’s. If you haven’t heard episode 344 with Jennifer Stanislaw, go ahead and listen to it—it dovetails nicely with this one.
    On this episode, we’re talking about the importance of setting standards for probie training.
    Years ago, that training consisted of handing the probie a mop as often as a ladder. It was designed to “teach a solid work ethic.”
    But just as hazing has (mostly) faded away in the firehouse, new firefighters expect better training on the techniques they’ll need in the field. Their bosses expect them to know those tactics as well.
    That’s why today’s guest says it's important to set the bar for probies and keep raising it. He has some ideas of how to do that.
    Jesse Marcotte is the training chief for the Northville Township, Michigan Fire Department. He is a member of the UL FSRI Training Advisory Committee. And he served as a board member of the ISFSI.
    He also spoke on today’s topic at FDIC 2024.

    • 19 min
    Two-In/Two-Out: An Idea Whose Time Has Passed with Sean Duffy

    Two-In/Two-Out: An Idea Whose Time Has Passed with Sean Duffy

    Firefighters around the country are looking at the possibility of a new OSHA ruling very carefully.
    I’m talking about the two-in/two-out rule, contained in NFPA 1500.
    There’s a new report written by five prominent members of the fire service that says two-in/two-out doesn’t make firefighters any safer. Instead, the time wasted waiting for a RIC crew to get ready makes it more likely that civilian victims will be killed.
    The report uses data from Project Mayday to support this claim. It points out that when firefighters die in the line of duty, it isn’t usually in a mayday situation.
    It also says that if a mayday is called, it’s more likely that another interior crew member will make the save.
    The rule is routinely circumvented by departments that need to get inside a building but don’t have enough people on the fireground to do it.
    An OSHA ruling would add some enforcement teeth to NFPA 1500.
    The report’s titled, “Removing Two-In/Two-Out: A Modern, Data-supported Defense of Our Core Mission." It was written by Bill Carey, Sean Duffy, Nick Ledin, Chris Thompson and Scott Thompson.
    Sean Duffy is acting as the PIO for the group and spoke to me about the report.

    • 24 min
    Avoid Death by PowerPoint and Still Teach a Class with Jennifer Stanislaw

    Avoid Death by PowerPoint and Still Teach a Class with Jennifer Stanislaw

    From Day One in the fire service, the lecture is the standard teaching method.
    Sometimes, it seems like fire departments must keep Microsoft in business, what with all the PowerPoint software they must be ordering.
    And you know the instruction -- notice I didn’t say “learning” – keeps going like this until you retire. Want to be a Battalion Chief? There’s a lecture and PowerPoint for that. An Engineer? Yep, got it covered. Captain? Of course.
    Now, I know the fire service doesn’t like change. As Chief Brunacini said, "Firefighters hate two things—change and the way things are now.”
    But maybe it is time to teach differently. If you’ve ever lectured to a room full of Millennials or Gen Z, you know they don’t get much out of it. They’re on their phones.
    Here to explore some fresh ideas for teaching is Jennifer Stanislaw.
    She heads up the West Salem, Oregon, High School Emergency Services Program. She also has over 25 years of experience as a paramedic and volunteer firefighter.

    • 19 min
    Using a Halligan Hook as a RIT Tool with AB Turenne

    Using a Halligan Hook as a RIT Tool with AB Turenne

    Every firefighter who rides an engine has a favorite tool: The Halligan Bar. As nearly all young firefighters learn, it was invented in 1948 by an FDNY Deputy Chief named Hugh Halligan.
    Not long after that, he created the Halligan Hook. Sometimes it’s called a New York Roof Hook.
    This six-foot bar is a favorite of truckies who need to open up roofs.
    But there’s another way to use the Halligan Hook: as a rescue tool.
    It takes a little creativity to see a bar meant for ripping open a roof as a way to save a firefighter's life.
    Today’s guest is here to explain how to do it.
    AB Turenne is the captain of training and safety with a career department in Middlesex County, Connecticut. He’s got 25 years on the job and is a certified Level III Fire Service Instructor.

    • 24 min
    A Call to Arms with David Rhodes

    A Call to Arms with David Rhodes

    If you were among those fortunate enough to be in the audience at the opening of FDIC 2024, you heard something special.
    I’d say it was a call to arms… a call to take revolutionary action.
    Chief David Rhodes spoke for about a half-hour, laying out a case for change in the fire service.
    His main argument: that the fire service has become too risk-averse. That the leaders of departments are so afraid of injuries—and of course, lawsuits—that they don’t want firefighters to take any risks on the fireground.
    Or even in training.
    He said that puts citizens in danger.
    And he said that change needs to happen, from the bottom up. It sure won’t come from the top down.
    Here to discuss that with me is David Rhodes.
    Chief Rhodes had nearly four decades in the fire service when he retired from the Atlanta, Georgia Fire Department. He currently serves as the Editor in Chief of Fire Engineering magazine. He’s also the Educational Director for FDIC.

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
71 Ratings

71 Ratings

Luzanneo ,

Excellent Resource for a Civilian Supporter

During the Woolsey Fire, I was floored to learn that California firefighters were not outfitted with hydration packs. I participated in a fundraiser for CalFire and LAFD Foundation to secure them, but I hate to be one who provided in an emergency. Better then than not at all, but I set out to educate myself and maintain my education to support a community that has supported me for as far back as memory serves (Los Angeles West Bureau, Battalion 9 - Engines 23 and 69, especially!) It was then that I found this wonderful podcast.

The host culls through all the information to synthesize details, speaks articulately and not too technically (which would serve to marginalize the general public), allows interviewees to speak, asks pointed questions that show he - gasp - listens! I could go on and on. Bottom line: I have learned more from this podcast than any other.

Thank you and please keep the wonderful content coming!

Radicaleb ,

Very helpful and informative

As a rookie volunteer firefighter that has been wanting to broaden my knowledge of the fire service I’ve been in search of various resources to help aide me. While there are many great firefighting podcasts out there this has been the most pertinent and informative I’ve found. Great work and thank you.

J.Barnes13 ,

Short and informative

Love these short, very goal oriented podcasts. It’s a breath of fresh air. Some podcasts you have to listen to 50 mins of nonsense to get the ten minutes of good out of it! Great job, new subscriber here!

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