Find out what Firefighters are made of!
This podcast pulls back the curtain and shows you what goes into the making of a Firefighter.
We talk about the how and why of each guest's journey to the job, what challenges they have faced overall and how they made it through them, the struggles they see for our service and their ideas on how each of us can help progress in the job, as well as what keeps them inspired and motivated. You will be getting to know your family better.
'Multiple Calls' is a phrase that catches a Firefighter's attention because it signifies that there is a strong possibility that what we are responding to is legitimate and will require us to be at our best. It is also what experience is made of. We're going to be at our best to capture your attention with legitimate stories and enrich our experience of this unique and amazing job.
I'm a 25-year second-generation Firefighter working for a Department in Southern Ontario, Canada, with around 400 suppression personnel, 13 stations and 26 apparatus. I spent the first half of my career at a Technical Rescue station, six years working as a primary care medic, 3 years instructing as a Fire Training Officer, and had the honour and pleasure of co-leading our Peer Support Team for over a decade.
When I first joined, we were a lot smaller and the Senior Firefighter on the truck with me for my first shift had been on longer than I had been alive. Outside of what he and many others taught me about the job, he recommended that I start a journal of all the calls and happenings around the hall so that one day I'd have the makings of a book. He was right, but unfortunately, of all the things I heeded and applied, that wasn't one of them. The point being, there are stories to tell and we all carry them; about us as individuals, as crews, as platoons, and as a Department. The wisdom and instruction about how to do the job are crucial, but the experiences and stories also help to shape our character and our Fire Family as a whole. Stories are important. Through story-telling, we find comfort in what connects us and expand our minds through our differences.
I've come late to the party when it comes to podcasts. A move in the summer of 2017 that involves an hour plus commute, opened up the opportunity to fill that time with some quality content. I've been inspired by a number of podcasts and listed the fire-related ones on the Multiple Calls Website in the Resources section along with books, Facebook pages, websites, literature, and videos. You can also find a running list of those in the Fire Service at large that deserve our respect and acknowledgment for their efforts to keep us grounded and progressing, in the Credits section. Please message me if you want me to add someone.
We get to know each other very well in this line of work. From all that we experience together, we create strong bonds, and we use deeply meaningful words like Family and Brotherhood to describe them. As shift schedules, generations, where we choose to live, our societal norms, and the size of our departments change, our view of the importance and tradition of the Fire Service Family and Brotherhood can be challenged, strained and at risk of being lost. This would be incredibly sad, tragic, and detrimental. We need to continue to invest in each other and learn and participate in each other's stories.
Episode 75 - Sachin Latti
Sachin Latti is the heart of Sachinmotion. With a growing team of supporters around him, his goal is to raise money and awareness for veterans & first responders in need of help as they heal from PTSD & mental health illnesses, as these issues have been a part of his life.
Sachin comes from a Sikh community that has been in military service for hundreds of years, as well as a family with a history in the armed forces. He runs for veterans because it’s in his blood. Lieutenant Gurbux Singh, Sachin’s great-grandfather, served in WWI under the British Indian Army with great distinction, and his son, Sachin’s great uncle, Lieutenant Colonel Bhag Singh, was awarded the Military Cross fighting in WWII.
Sachin’s grandfather, Bhajan Singh, served in the Punjab Police for many years, retiring at the rank of Superintendent of Police. Continuing Sachin’s family’s dedication to service, Bhajan Singh was awarded the President of India Meritorious Police Medal.
After 18 years of law enforcement service, Sachin came to the realization that he’d experienced situations that he didn’t know how to cope with mentally. Now, as he learns how to deal with his own mental health, he wants to honour the memories of his forefathers and those that paved the way for him and advocate for those that have been in similar situations.
Sachin recently completed 22 marathons in 22 days in British Columbia Canada in support of Honour House, a tranquil retreat, a place of education and personal growth. Here, members of our Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans, Emergency Services Personnel, and their families can discover cutting-edge strategies in the treatment of operational stress injuries including anxiety, depression, and PTSD. The goal: empower these heroes so they are better equipped to navigate the often debilitating emotional and physical stresses of selfless commitment to service.
Episode 74 - Jesse Bond
Jesse’s impressive career has been wholeheartedly dedicated to many facets of the fire service. He not only owns and operates SFA but has also been a firefighter for fifteen years. He is a career firefighter and acting captain with a suburban fire department and serves as a captain with two rural volunteer departments.
Beyond the fire-ground, Jesse is renowned for his exceptional skills as a fire instructor. He has a passion and enthusiasm that is truly infectious, and possesses an innate ability to inspire both his colleagues and aspiring firefighters. Jesse is a dedicated natural leader and a truly remarkable person, who is devoted to helping influence the future of the fire service.
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Episode 73 - Jesse Coomer
Jesse Coomer is one of the foremost voices in the world of breathwork today. He is a Human Performance Specialist, Breathworker, and renowned speaker in the field of Breathwork.
In 2009, he began a life transformation mission that led him to discover how our physiology and psychology often conflict with the modern world. In 2014, he became passionate about breath training as a method to combat his anxiety. Since then, he has trained in several breathwork techniques, certified as a personal trainer, become a leading author on the subjects of breathwork & cold exposure training, and a voice of practicality in the world of health and mental fitness on his YouTube Channel.
He now leads workshops, lectures, and training sessions around the USA while training athletes, CEOs, first responders, military, and people from every walk of life who seek to optimize their performance, reduce their anxiety levels, and live healthier lives.
Jesse is also the founder of The Language of Breath Collective and the founder of Breathwork Tactics.
Episode 72 - Marie Bodine
Based in Toronto Canada, Marie Bodine facilitates powerful breath and meditation events and Wim Hof Method workshops throughout North America.
Marie's workshops along with talks about cultivating more inner peace provide audiences with lifelong skills that create confidence, improve physical and mental resilience, and deepen self respect.
In addition to consulting with corporations, Marie has worked with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Emergency task Force, the Canadian Special Operations Regiment, and the Department of National Defence.
Episode 71 - Tyler Olmstead
Tyler was born and raised in the Bruce Peninsula and now lives in beautiful central-northern Ontario.
Exposed to emergency services at a young age by his grandfather who was a dedicated Ontario Provincial Police officer he developed a love and devotion for helping his community. Through his years of service as a Paramedic in rural Ontario, and a decade as a volunteer firefighter, he has maintained that selfless, caring, people first mentality.
Tyler continues to make strides in the emergency services profession, through leadership, professionalism, training, advocacy, and interpersonal relationships. He promotes a strong mental health foundation of resilience, and has a deep love for his young family.
Episode 70 - Chris Torres
Chris is a 9 year veteran of the FDNY. A pitcher on the FDNY Baseball team, an athlete of the FDNY CrossFit team and part owner of IGY6 Fitness. His goal is simple, to motivate, build, push, and be a means to a fitter more well rounded first responder.
Co-Owner IGY6 Fitness
ISSA Strength and Conditioning
CrossFit Level-1 & 2
CrossFit Aerobic Capacity
I love this podcast
I got a handful of podcasts that I absolutely never miss and this one is definitely one of my favorites! Scott is amazing and his guests are fantastic folks with so much to offer, if you’re a first responder, then this podcast is definitely worth it for you!
A really important podcast that talks about important issues. If you’re looking for a new way of thinking about something this is a great source. It takes a lot of good info, adds a great host, and ends up being a fantastic podcast. There’s so much content that just pushes the same thoughts and beliefs but this podcast really makes you think about WHY.
In the sea of podcasts, this is the last one I would recommend.