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Host Kevin Ferrara, discusses important issues involving fire protection and emergency services, leadership, and organizational management with guests and listeners from around the world.

Host Kevin Ferrara, discusses important issues involving fire protection and emergency services, leadership, and organizational management with guests and listeners from around the world.

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United States

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Host Kevin Ferrara, discusses important issues involving fire protection and emergency services, leadership, and organizational management with guests and listeners from around the world.

Language:

English

Contact:

7577714756


Episodes

Chief Billy Goldfeder Interview

1/17/2021
Kevin Ferrara, host of AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up podcast continues discussing Fire Fighter Cancer Awareness month. To provide additional commentary, Kevin invited Chief Billy Goldfeder to the show. Chief Goldfeder is no stranger in the fire service, highly recognized for his many years of service to several departments and the communities they serve. In addition, Chief Goldfeder hosts Firefighter Close Calls, Home of the Secret List where every day, he contributes news and...

Duration:00:58:31

2021, The Fight Begins!

1/3/2021
It's 2021, and time for the fight to begin! With January being Firefighter Cancer Awareness Month, it's fitting AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara talks about PFAS and how it has affected military firefighter, their families, and civilians living near military installations. Kevin highlights the Firefighter Cancer Support Network who have published a group of weekly links, leading viewers to some very informative information, including the document titled Cancer...

Duration:00:44:17

2020, That's a Wrap!

12/20/2020
In this episode, the last for 2020, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara gives thanks to his listeners while addressing some topics that affected fire protection and emergency services throughout 2020. Kevin sheds some light on what he and the podcast have planned for 2021 to include hosting Chief Billy Goldfeder on an upcoming episode. As 2021 comes to a close, as Kevin states in his podcast, take time to give thanks and appreciate everything we've been given because...

Duration:00:29:57

We're Back, Sorry You Missed Us

12/6/2020
AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara returns from a brief hiatus to talk to his faithful listeners about issues affecting fire protection and emergency services around the globe. Kevin starts off by talking about PFAS blood testing and how it has been definitively found in firefighter turnout gear. Kevin discusses the need for more research so that informed decisions can be made in terms of blood testing and selection of turnout gear. Kevin then discusses some trending...

Duration:00:55:59

Structured Firefighter Health & Wellness Program Benefits

11/1/2020
In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara discusses what he states in his podcast, something he fears is not being addressed enough, if at all; that being a structured firefighter health and wellness program. Kevin discusses how a research project he authored and then developed an evaluation to test his hypothesis proved that adopting or creating, and implementing a structured firefighter health and wellness program will result in a positive outcome for...

Duration:00:29:43

A Need For A Firefighter Turnout Gear Safety Stand-down

10/24/2020
In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, the Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara provides his personal insight on an issue that is or should be of significant concern within the fire service; that being a need for a firefighter turnout gear safety stand-down in the US Air Force. After receiving several messages that included evidence of the allegations the new firefighter turnout gear appears to be defective, Kevin conducted his own investigation and found the concerns are not isolated, but rather...

Duration:00:50:59

Firefighter Dan Casson Cancer Update & Congressional PFAS Legislation

10/17/2020
In this episode of AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up, host Kevin Ferrara invites former firefighter and cancer warrior Dan Casson back to the show. Dan talks about his cancer treatments and how he was awarded new ratings pertaining to his cancer. Dan speaks from the heart and soul about how the various forms of cancer his doctors believe are a result of repeated exposure to AFFF and PFAS has taken a toll on him and his family. Dan and Kevin talk about going to Washington to confront...

Duration:01:00:20

Doctor Graham Peaslee, Firefighter Turnout Gear and PFAS Researcher

10/10/2020
In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara speaks with Doctor Graham Peaslee, a renowned leader in the science community who along with his students and esteemed colleagues, conducted research that found PFAS in firefighter turnout gear. Doctor Peaslee explains why his work is important and why those in the fire service community should be cautious and even concerned. Doctor Peaslee, an individual whose work is often referenced across the globe, responds to and...

Duration:00:55:20

Ret. DoD Command Fire Chief Neil Hogan

10/4/2020
In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara speaks with Neil Hogan, former Air Force firefighter and retired DoD Chief Fire Officer who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2018. Neil discusses how he was diagnosed with cancer, the impact it has on him and his family, and how the Veterans Affairs (VA) finally recognized his form of brain cancer, a first according to Neil and his doctors. Nel addresses the need for legislation to be passed regarding PFAS and...

Duration:00:42:46

PPE Specialist Jeff Knobbe

9/27/2020
In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara speaks with Jeff Knobbe, firefighter and PPE specialist who shares his personal thoughts on PFAS and how it is affecting firefighters across the country. Jeff starts the episode by sharing with listeners, how he became involved in the fire service. Jeff then talks about his dealings with the NFPA, manufacturers, and other organizations involved regarding PFAS in turnout gear, and what he personally feels is needed to...

Duration:00:55:31

PFAS, Turnout Gear, and NFPA

9/19/2020
In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara provides his own opinion about PFAS, firefighter turnout gear, and the NFPA, in particular, the certification process for firefighter turnout gear and what he and many others believe needs to be changed. Before the episode begins, host Kevin Ferrara shares the exciting news that Fire Dept. Coffee is now a sponsor of The Weekend Wrap-up podcast. Listeners who use promo code AFSO21 at checkout will receive a 10% discount....

Duration:00:46:55

Larissa Conroy, Firefighter / Paramedic / Olympic Weightlifter

9/10/2020
In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara speaks one-on-one with Larissa Conroy, Orlando FD firefighter paramedic, and Olympic weightlifter Larissa begins the interview discussing how she became a firefighter and why she is so passionate about career development and secondary education. Throughout the interview, Larissa speaks about mentors and how first impressions can have an impact on new firefighters, sharing her experience as a cadet in a fire...

Duration:00:49:25

Sean Mitchell, Secretary/Treasurer Nantucket Firefighters Local 2509 Interview

9/6/2020
In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up, host Kevin Ferrara speaks one-on-one with Sean Mitchel, Secretary/Treasurer of Nantucket Firefighters Local 2509. Sean begins the interview discussing how he became a firefighter and what led him to where he is today in the fire service highlighting who his mentors were and continue to be. Throughout the interview, Sean explains how he personally became involved in researching PFAS and why the topic is so important to him and his family....

Duration:00:56:50

Mentoring is Everything in the Firehouse

8/30/2020
In this episode of AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up, host Kevin Ferrara talks about why mentoring in the firehouse is important and what affect or impact it has on each individual and the organization overall. Kevin then provides updates to the Edwards Air Force Base High Expansion Foam incident and explains why it is important now more than ever to contact your local, state, and federal representatives demanding regulations are implemented for chemicals used in products and or equipment...

Duration:00:52:29

Edwards AFB High Expansion Foam Training Event

8/15/2020
In this episode, host Kevin Ferrara talks to listeners about firefighters at Edwards Air Force Base in California training with high expansion foam (HEF) during an exercise involving an aircraft hangar. The HEF foam contains hazardous chemicals similar to AFFF yet, firefighters were unnecessarily exposed to toxic foam who likely believed the material was safe thereby why they were lacking proper PPE. Kevin provides his opinion about how leaders in the fire service seemingly enable exposures...

Duration:00:33:30

Retired USAF ANG Assistant Fire Chief Vince Davis Interview

8/2/2020
In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara talks with military veteran and former firefighter Vince Davis. Vince is a leader and mentor in the fire service that many look to for guidance and encouragement. Vince is an outspoken individual that says what he thinks and means what he says. Not afraid to speak about the ongoing AFFF issues plaguing the fire service and the military, Vince has voiced his concerns that AFSO21 echo. Listeners will hear from Vince...

Duration:01:08:48

Military Veteran and Former Firefighter Dan Casson's AFFF VA Disability Claim Interview

7/12/2020
In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara talks with military veteran and former firefighter Dan Casson. Dan submitted several claims for VA disability and was finally successful in receiving a 100% rating due to his cancer that his doctors and the VA attributed to his exposure to AFFF and firefighting while in the military. Listeners will hear from Dan how exposure to AFFF and his battle with numerous forms of cancer has affected not just himself, but his...

Duration:00:57:04

PFAS in Turnout Gear Findings

6/28/2020
In this episode, host Kevin Ferrara talks about the recent study conducted by Doctor Graham Peaslee and his colleagues who found firefighter turnout gear contains PFAS and that when subjected to abrasion, sheds particulates containing PFAS that can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled. The research also found that PFAS was found on the gloves of those testing the samples. As the episode closes, host, Kevin Ferrara talks about how Japanese officials are becoming impatient with the lack of...

Duration:00:29:07

AFFF Exposure Documentary

6/22/2020
In this episode, host Kevin Ferrara is seeking military firefighters who have stories to share with the No Defense documentary filmmakers who are working on a new project highlighting the impact AFFF and PFAs have on individuals. This is an opportunity to share with the world, the significance AFFF has had on end-users who for the longest time, simply wanted answers as to why they or their family members are/were sick. If you are interested in sharing your AFFF story, please email Kevin...

Duration:00:28:00

PFAS Testing to Begin in Baltimore, MD

6/15/2020
In this episode, host Kevin Ferrara speaks about PFAS news affecting Michigan, Maryland, and Okinawa. Kevin talks about how, in Michigan, the U.S. Air Force has agreed to work with state agencies to begin clean-up actions at the former Wurtsmith AFB in Oscoda. Additionally, Kevin talks about how PFAS testing is going to start in the Baltimore, Maryland region to include testing of Chesapeake oysters suspected of being contaminated with PFAS. As the podcast wraps up, Kevin speaks briefly...

Duration:00:22:55