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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 • 51 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.

    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
    John Cuomo - 067

    John Cuomo - 067

    John Cuomo is a firefighter and paramedic, author and owner of Wild Bull Media, Inc. With over 20 years as a firefighter, John is passionate about the fire and police communities and the service they provide to our country. In his career, John served as a driver/engineer, lieutenant, and captain and stepped up as EMS chief, battalion chief, and training chief. 

    John is currently working on a new book about PTSD and mental health within the fire service, a subject he considers a priority. With more advocacy, John hopes to reduce the stigma associated with PTSD. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he now lives in Florida with his wife and children.

    Learn more at FDLeadership.com. 

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Josh Wells - 066

    Josh Wells - 066

    Josh Wells is an Arizona native who has been a firefighter for nearly two decades. He currently serves as a captain for the Sedona Fire District.
    In 2010, Josh took his first promotional test for captain and failed miserably. He was discouraged after this loss, but this set him on a quest to find a path to promotional testing success.
    In 2016 Josh placed #1 on a captain's test and was promoted shortly thereafter. After his promotion, Josh helped many other firefighters reach the top of their promotional testing lists. Josh refined this system and published “The Promotion Playbook” in 2020, which reveals a proven path to promotional test success.
    Josh is happily married to his wife, Faith, and the couple enjoy raising three great kids. 

    • 51 min
    Doug Mitchell - 065

    Doug Mitchell - 065

    Doug Mitchell is a captain in the New York City Fire Department with 30 years of fire experience, the last 23 being with the FDNY. 
    He is a principal member of the NFPA 1400 committee and co-authored Fire Engineering’s “25 to Survive: Reducing Residential Injury and LODD” in 2013 with his fire service brother Dan Shaw. Make sure you go back to episode 50 of the Firefighter Success Podcast and check out Chief Shaw’s popular episode.
    Doug also has a Bachelor’s degree from University of MD Baltimore County and resides in Orange County NY with his wife and three children. 

    • 37 min
    Prepared to Fight Fire - Julian Serrano - 064

    Prepared to Fight Fire - Julian Serrano - 064

    Julian Serrano is a firefighter with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue in Florida. He is passionate about mentorship, leadership, training and firefighter fitness. Early in his career, he decided to take ownership of his fitness, losing nearly 100 pounds. Since then, he has become a Florida Smoke Diver and ultramarathon runner. 
    Since the last time he was on the Firefighter Success Podcast, Julian created Prepared to Fight Fire, an intense 8-week fitness program which helps aspiring firefighters get physically and mentally prepared for the job.

    To sign up and get a FREE Firefighter Success book, go to PreparedToFightFire.com/FirefighterSuccess

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

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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.


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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As someone who works closely with Jim, this is an authentic and genuine man and he puts these words into action everyday. This is an honest effort to contribute to the fire service in a great way. A must hear for any firefighter.

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