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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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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.

    Murphy Arsenaux - 054

    Murphy Arsenaux - 054

    Murphy Arsenaux is a 37-year veteran of the fire service. He is the author of A Company of Leaders, Leading At Every Level and Co-author of Firehouse Mentor. 
    He entered the New Orleans Fire Department in 1984 and rose to captain in 1995. In 1999 he transferred to the St. George Fire Department in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and in 2000 he was promoted to captain again. His assignments have varied, from leading one of the busiest engines in the city of New Orleans, assisting in the development of a first responder pilot program for the NOFD, to serving as a training officer at St. George Fire. 
    Murphy is a contributing writer for B Shifter Magazine where he writes articles on leadership. He looks forward to retirement and spending more time with his wife of 33 years, their 21 year old autistic son, daughter, and grandchildren. His passion is studying the Holy Scriptures and helping others.

    Both of his books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Jared Van Ek - 053

    Jared Van Ek - 053

    Jared Van Ek is a lieutenant with the Spartanburg City Fire Department in South Carolina - an ISO Class 1 and Internationally Accredited Fire Department.  He is a 31-year fire service veteran – serving 24 years as a volunteer and the last 7 as a career firefighter. 
    Jared is passionate about fitness and is an avid trail runner and Spartan racer.  He is a certified Peer Fitness Trainer, a CrossFit level 1 Trainer and leads a Fitness Team as the Fire Department’s Peer Fitness Coordinator.  
    Jared is also a shift Training Coordinator for the department and is a part time instructor at the Spartanburg County Emergency Services Academy.  
    In addition, Jared is also the President of the Spartanburg City Professional Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 369.
    Jared has been married to his wife Mary for 25 years and has two daughters, Rachael and Leah.  He enjoys spending time with his family at the beach and the lake. 

    • 59 min
    Stephen Shaw - 052

    Stephen Shaw - 052

    Stephen Shaw is a 26-year veteran of the fire rescue service. He is the Assistant Chief for Training & EMS for Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue. Chief Shaw is an accredited Chief Fire Officer and the chair of the EMS Subcommittee for the Fire Chiefs Association of Broward County. He serves as Vice Chair of the South Florida Local Emergency Planning Committee. He is an IAFC Hazmat Committee member and a Hazmat Specialist for USAR Task Force 2.
    As an instructor and writer, his articles have been featured in Fire Engineering magazine and he is a regular contributor to the Humpday Hangout focusing on training. He has presented at multiple conferences on topics including leadership, officer development, EMS, and training. 
    Lastly, he is a dedicated family man with a beautiful wife and two sons. In his spare time, he brews beer, makes handcrafted soap, and enjoys working in his garage. 

    • 48 min
    Steve Pegram - 051

    Steve Pegram - 051

    Steve Pegram is a 35-year firefighter who has served in every rank from firefighter to Chief in both the volunteer and career fire services. Chief Pegram has been Fire Chief of Goshen Township Fire and EMS since 2009, and is set to retire on January 1, 2022. He will start his new role of Township Administrator for Goshen Township soon after. 
    He has a laundry list of accomplishments, which include (but are not limited to):
    Being the past president of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors,An FDIC Instructor and member of the Fire Engineering/FDIC Advisory Board,And he was awarded the President’s Award from the IAFC for his work as chairman of the COVID19 Economic Task ForceAnd many more…Chief Pegram is working towards his Masters in Public Administration and was recently accepted to the Harvard Kennedy School of Government credential program. 
    Lastly, he is active in his church, serves on the board of several non-profits, and owns a consulting business with three of his best friends. He and his wife, Mollie, live in Goshen, Ohio with their children: Jack and Riley.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Dan Shaw - 050

    Dan Shaw - 050

    Dan Shaw is a Deputy Fire Chief for the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department in Northern Virginia and 29-year veteran of the fire service. He is a national fire educator who has instructed at FDIC since 2009.

    Chief Shaw is a Vice President of Traditions Training, teaching all over the United States on fire service topics and leadership. He has been published in Fire Engineering magazine, is a regular contributor to the monthly Fire Engineering Google Hangout, and in 2013 co-authored the incredibly important book: 25 to Survive: Reducing Residential Injury and Line-of-duty Deaths with Captain Doug Mitchell.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Brian Olson - 049

    Brian Olson - 049

    Brian Olson is a 13-year veteran of the Eagle Fire Department in Eagle, Idaho. He is a founding member of the Firefighter Rescue Survey, a Brothers in Battle Instructor, and a Georgia Smoke Diver. He is also a dedicated husband, father, and man of faith.
    Brian one of the hard-chargers in the fire service who takes a no-nonsense, no-excuse approach to every aspect of his life.
    Take the Firefighter Rescue Survey at: FirefighterRescueSurvey.com 

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

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Best show ever

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