18 episodes

Unlock the latest news on fire safety and firefighter trends with our accomplished hosts as they are joined by a new fire industry expert each episode. We'll take a deep dive into conversations that navigate current news and evolving issues within the fire service. Season 1 Host: Retired FDNY Battalion Chief, Bob Keys Season 2 Host: Battalion Chief of Charlotte FD & Founder of Insight Training Andy Starnes. This podcast is hosted by Fire-Dex.

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Unlock the latest news on fire safety and firefighter trends with our accomplished hosts as they are joined by a new fire industry expert each episode. We'll take a deep dive into conversations that navigate current news and evolving issues within the fire service. Season 1 Host: Retired FDNY Battalion Chief, Bob Keys Season 2 Host: Battalion Chief of Charlotte FD & Founder of Insight Training Andy Starnes. This podcast is hosted by Fire-Dex.

    Until Next Time: A Thank You from Our Hosts

    Until Next Time: A Thank You from Our Hosts

    What an exciting 2 Seasons that we've had! Thank you to our loyal listeners for tuning in and to our guests who have shared their knowledge and expertise with firefighter world-wide. We hope you have walked away with a few new tips and lessons on how to make firefighting a little bit safer.  
    Fire-Dex still have tons of educational resources available for you on our blog and social channels. Make sure to check them out!  
    Again, thank you so much for listening! 

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    • 2 min
    Educate and Innovate: Keeping Up with High-Fidelity Training

    Educate and Innovate: Keeping Up with High-Fidelity Training

    Navigate the ever-changing world of fire training with Chiefs Shane Bentley and Webster Marshall as they discuss the founding principles of their organization Bearers of the Oath. Tune in as they explore the importance of high-fidelity training and express their commitment to firefighter mental and physical health.   
     
    WHAT YOU CAN LEARN 
    Prepping Firefighter Recruits  How Well Firefighters are Educated on PPE  What Comes Between You and the Danger  Realistic Training Scenarios Beyond the Textbook  Comfortability on the Fireground  Taking Care of Mental Health and Balancing Family  ABOUT OUR GUESTS 
    Shane Bentley is an 18-year veteran of the Georgia Fire Service and is currently serving as the Assistant Fire Chief of Operations at a suburban department in Northeast Georgia. Shane’s passion for training has allowed him to be a part of and serve as a member of multiple fire service organizations including Do Your Part Training, FDIC, MAFFC, North Florida Fire EXPO, Georgia Fire Academy, Forge Fire & Company, Honor the Fallen Fire Conference, Capitol Fire Training, and Build Your Culture. He also serves as one of the founding members of the Bearers of the Oath Training Cadre and enjoys every opportunity he gets to give back to the Fire Service. 
    Web Marshall has been a firefighter for 21 years and currently serves at the Gwinnett County Fire Department as a Lieutenant and at the Jackson Trail Fire Department as Deputy Chief. Web is also the founder and owner of Command and Control, LLC and has experience as an NPQ Instructor III. His diverse career in the fire industry also includes emergency and non-profit management, technical rescue, command & leadership, and medical & wellness advocacy for the Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation. Most recently, Web has been appointed to serve on the NFPA 1971 and 1851 Technical Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Georgia College and State University focused on Rhetoric and Leadership. 

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    How to Be Efficient in Fireground Search

    How to Be Efficient in Fireground Search

    Join Andy Starnes and Chief Schwalbe as they discuss the best ways to be efficient during fireground search training and how to become a better fire instructor.  
    WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO LEARN:
    How to be a better fire instructor  The basics of search & rescue training  How to utilize data to better your search tactics Ways to train at home  Best practices for efficient tool placement Search curriculum  ABOUT OUR GUEST:
    Grant Schwalbe is the Division Chief of Operations at Estero Fire Department in Fort Myers, Florida, and has served with the department since 2003. He is also an Instructor for When Things Go Bad, Inc. and has taught at FDIC, The Orlando Fire Conference, Wichita HOT, and Fire Rescue East.  He’s had several articles published in Fire Engineering Magazine. Grant is passionate about Search, Engine Company Ops, Firefighter Survival, and RIT. Grant is an FL Instructor 3 and has earned an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.   



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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Realistic Firefighter Training & Aggressive Mindset

    Realistic Firefighter Training & Aggressive Mindset

    Understand the importance of modern & realistic firefighter trainings and why the benefits are invaluable with Andy Starnes and Chris Kessinger as they discuss how the industry is bridging the gap between firefighter safety and protecting the environment.   


    WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO LEARN 


    How realistic training is conducted  Why consistent training is critical to a firefighter's job Maintaining a safe work environment  Tips to conduct in-department trainings and when to outsource Family first mentality & growing your support system  ABOUT OUR GUEST

    Chris Kessinger is a Lieutenant with the City of Lebanon Division of Fire, and serves as the lead instructor and owner of Citizens First Fire Training. He holds a deep passion for his job and is driven towards keeping the blue-collar traditions alive within the fire service. In addition to being a training instructor for various departments and facilities, Chris is also an active member of the Central Ohio FOOLS chapter.

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    • 58 min
    Understanding Your PPE & How to Mitigate Exposure Risks

    Understanding Your PPE & How to Mitigate Exposure Risks

    Understand how to reduce exposure risks and the importance of doffing PPE correctly. In this episode, Andy Starnes, Dr. Farzaneh Masoud, and Richard Kesler as this trio dives deep into THL & TPP, how to reduce inflammation and the future of gross decon.    
    WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO LEARN 
    Effects of exposure within the body and cancer risks How to reduce cross contamination in the fire house  Why PPE is helpful and not a hinderance  The importance of proper doffing  Understand how firefighter PPE works  ABOUT OUR GUESTS
    Dr. Farzaneh Masoud, Director of Research at IFSI, has earned her Ph.D. from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign from Department of Molecular Biology. Dr. Masoud has a broad background in Molecular, Cell and Developmental biology as well as mammalian reproductive biology.  Her doctoral research focused on identifying factors that underlies cancer metastasis.
     
    Dr. Masoud has joined Illinois Fire Service Institute as the Director of Research in 2019, where she leads numerous research projects concerning the health and safety of firefighters.  Prior to joining IFSI, Dr. Masoud was leading large interdisciplinary projects at National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) as a Strategic Research and Proposal Development office and has served as an Interdisciplinary Research Development Officer.
     
    Richard Kesler, Deputy Director of Research Programs, focuses on biomechanics, and physical performance, specifically examining the physiological demands of firefighting activity and the impact of firefighting on the firefighter. Richard serves on the National Fire Protection Association Fundamentals of Fire Control Within a Structure Utilizing Fire Dynamics technical committee. He is also a physical training instructor for the Illinois Fire Service Institute’s Basic Operations Firefighter Academy and teaches in numerous other fire service classes. Richard is a graduate of the University of Illinois with a Master of Science degree in Bioengineering and is currently pursuing his PhD in Kinesiology.


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    • 1 hr
    Addressing Mental Health in the Fire Service

    Addressing Mental Health in the Fire Service

    First responders are expected to be calm and level-headed but the stressors faced by those in the fire service can have a cumulative impact on mental health and well-being. Listen in as Andy Starnes and Dena Ali discuss the stigma associated with firefighters seeking help and how peer support resources can be a solution.  
     What You Can Expect To Learn    
    Biggest misconceptions about mental health in firefighters  Addressing feelings vs recycling them  PTSD & peer support resources  Implementing mental health solutions within the fire house  The cause of most firefighter suicides  Individual coping mechanisms   
    ABOUT OUR GUEST  
    Dena Ali is a Captain with the Raleigh (NC) Fire Department and previously served as a police officer for five years. She is also the founder and director of North Carolina Peer Support where she helped to develop their statewide curriculum. During her career she earned the NC Office of State Fire Marshal Honor, Courage, and Valor award for her steadfast effort to bring awareness to firefighter mental health. Dena is advocate of awareness, education, and understanding of mental health disorders and suicidality. She speaks on these topics and is a QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Instructor. Dena holds a degree from North Carolina State University and an MPA from the University of North Carolina—Pembroke, where her research focused on firefighter suicide. 

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    • 53 min

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