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Host Kevin Ferrara, a seasoned firefighter who is not afraid to ask the tough questions, discusses important issues involving fire protection and emergency services, leadership, and organizational management with guests and audience members around the world.

Host Kevin Ferrara, a seasoned firefighter who is not afraid to ask the tough questions, discusses important issues involving fire protection and emergency services, leadership, and organizational management with guests and audience members around the world.

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United States

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Host Kevin Ferrara, a seasoned firefighter who is not afraid to ask the tough questions, discusses important issues involving fire protection and emergency services, leadership, and organizational management with guests and audience members around the world.

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English

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Episodes

Recap of 2022 PFAS Conference Presentation

6/22/2022
In this episode, host Kevin Ferrara provides the Weekend Wrap-up audience with a recap of his presentation at the 2022 PFAS Conference. During the conference, presenters were allotted only 10-minutes to speak so Kevin thought it would beneficial to recap his presentation and go more in depth to what his message was for conference attendees. Links: 2022 PFAS Conference WTKR News 3 Interview Regarding PFAS Contamination in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia DoD Firefighter PFAS Blood Test...

Duration:01:55:18

Managing Fire Departments

6/1/2022
In this episode, host Kevin Ferrara talks about the need for regulating and managing fire departments, in particular volunteer organizations. In addition to his discussion in managing fire departments, Kevin talks about PFAS legislation that is currently being discussed that will impact Federal firefighters, and how PFAS has impacted a New Mexico Dairy farmer. Links: H.R. 2499 Federal Firefighters Fairness Act of 2022 Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act - Cancer in the Occupation of...

Duration:01:09:47

Eurofins PFAS Blood Test Kit

4/1/2022
In this episode, host Kevin Ferrara talks with Andrew Patterson and Taryn McKnight from Eurofins and EmpowerDX about their PFAS Blood Test Kit. Highlights of the episode include talking about who Eurofins are and how they became involved with testing for PFAS as well as some of the behind the scenes efforts that went into developing the test. Also discussed during the podcast is defining half-life of PFAS substances. PFAS Blood Test Kit Giveaway Eurofins is giving one lucky audience...

Duration:01:13:24

Updates on PFAS Legislation - Call Congress!

3/19/2022
Kevin welcomes audience members for their continued support which has been instrumental in the podcast being ranked number 15 of the "Best 30 Firefighter Podcasts" and number 5 of the "Best 15 Fire Protection & Safety Podcasts" in the world! Kevin addresses legislation affecting Federal Firefighters (H.R. 2499), recently discussed during "mark-ups", and is now sitting in the House of Representatives awaiting further action. Kevin discusses H.R. 7089, the Vet PFAS Act which calls to furnish...

Duration:01:15:56

Proposed "Burn Pit" Legislation

3/7/2022
In this episode, host, Kevin Ferrara clarifies what "Burn Pits" is defined as and how it is misleading to military firefighters. The Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act, recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, proposes to establish presumptive of 23 service connected medical conditions to include respiratory illnesses and cancers for eligible veterans who deployed to certain locations where "Burn Pits" were in operation. Kevin explains how these provisions will...

Duration:00:55:29

Volunteer Fire Service, is it on Life Support?

2/20/2022
In this episode, host Kevin Ferrara talks about concerns within the volunteer fire service impacting both the organization and the community. Areas that Kevin speaks about include training & certification, membership, issuance of Fire Taxes, NFPA Standards, accountability, leadership, and legislation. Before the podcast begins, Kevin take time to remember the tragic Station Nightclub fire that occurred on February 20, 2003 that killed 100 people and injured another 230. Kevin encourages...

Duration:01:18:05

First In Wellness

1/14/2022
In this episode, host Kevin Ferrara introduces the Weekend Wrap-up Podcast audience to First In Wellness. First In Wellness is a team of experienced health and wellness coaches who provide goal-oriented, personalized, and preventative health and wellness programs designed to meet specific challenges firefighters face everyday. Kevin speaks with guests Danielle Cook Kawash, the founder of First In Wellness and Mike Salemi, the founder of Kettlebell Lifestyle. Together, Danielle and Mike have...

Duration:01:11:54

The Results Are In

12/7/2021
In this episode, host Kevin Ferrara talks about his personal PFAS blood test results received from Eurofins. Eurofins is an alternate source of PFAS blood testing. Their testing capabilities look for 47 PFAS analytes. As Kevin talks about his own PFAS levels, he also highlights why it is important to have blood tested for PFAS and what health risks are associated with each analyte. As the podcast continues, Kevin talks about his recent interview with Spotlight on America. Kevin's interview...

Duration:01:17:50

Recap of Firefighter Health and Wellness Conference Presentation

11/13/2021
In this episode, host Kevin Ferrara talks about his recent presentation at the 4th Annual Firefighter Health and Wellness Conference in "exotic" Beavercreek, Ohio where firefighters from 14 states converged to obtain information and listen to industry experts talk about health and safety. The focus of Kevin's presentation was on PFAS exposure to military and DoD firefighters and what the DoD is lacking with respect to minimizing unnecessary exposure and health care for those...

Duration:02:06:03

Something for Everyone

8/29/2021
*UPDATE* After speaking with the law firm identified in this podcast, they apologized for the article and have since removed it from their website. In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara thanks his audience members for their support with recognizing his cousin Stephen Ferrara's recent passing. As the episode continues, Kevin speaks about Hurricane IDA and how those along the Gulf Coast need to be prepared for what is being reported as a catastrophic...

Duration:00:55:29

Firefighter Health Seems Less Important than Profits

8/22/2021
In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host, Kevin Ferrara talks about how many believe the health and safety of firefighters are less important than profits made by chemical companies producing PFAS. Before the podcast starts, Kevin recognizes his cousin, Stephen Ferrara who recently passed away. Stephen was a volunteer firefighter, former Deputy Chief, and emergency communications dispatcher. "Stevie" was someone who would always take time to help someone, so much, he was...

Duration:01:10:16

Explosive DoD IG Report on PFAS Used Within the DoD

7/29/2021
Get ready everyone, this episode is going to be explosive! AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara gives his interpretation of the July 22, 2021, DoD Inspector General (IG) report that shows what the DoD has and has not done to protect DoD personnel including firefighters from PFAS contamination. Kevin provides audience members a summary of the 82-page report, highlighting certain areas that the DoD IG determined to be in his opinion. failures and egregious lack of initiative...

Duration:01:51:25

Crew Inspections

7/4/2021
In this episode, The Weekend Wrap-up host, Kevin Ferrara speaks about the importance and really, the necessity of fire protection and emergency services performing crew inspection through commercial facilities within their jurisdiction. Recent incidents have shown that had a thorough crew inspection, or building walk-through been performed, the outcome might have been prevented. Supporting the topic, Kevin speaks about the recent Surfside, Florida apartment complex collapse, the Station...

Duration:01:08:42

Let's Talk About PFAS

6/20/2021
In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host, Kevin Ferrara talks privately about PFAS and what is and is not being done to protect firefighters exposed to toxic substances. Kevin talks about the Michael Lecik Military Firefighters Protection Act and where the piece of proposed legislation currently rests in Congress, explaining some of the bill's stipulations and what he feels needs to be revised to ensure all military firefighters are protected. As the episode transitions to...

Duration:01:18:20

Veteran, Firefighter, Paramedic - Jason Kling

6/6/2021
In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara sits down with fellow veteran and firefighter Jason Kling to hear his thoughts on his experience in fire protection and emergency services. Jason shares with Kevin's audience how he became interested in emergency services, the military, and how he took his military experience and incorporated it in his transition to being a paramedic in Pennsylvania. Jason shares with the Weekend Wrap-up audience his personal opinions on...

Duration:00:58:21

Tom Cook, Pennsylvania State Fire Academy Administrator

5/22/2021
In this episode, Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara speaks with Tom Cook, Pennsylvania State Fire Academy Administrator. Tom shares with the audience how he got into the fire service and ultimately found his calling as the academy's Administrator. Tom shares what the academy does and how it's structured. Throughout the podcast, Tom and Kevin discuss various topics affecting the academy and Pennsylvania's emergency responders to include COVID-19, a recently voted on, state referendum...

Duration:01:12:27

Interview with the Fire Department Coffee Comedians, Jason Patton and Firefighter Fenton

5/9/2021
In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host, Kevin Ferrara sits down with two of the most popular comedians in the fire service, Jason Patton, Vice-President of Fire Department Coffee and creator of Fire Department Chronicles, and Brent Fenton, otherwise known as Firefighter Fenton who you might recognize by his iconic mustache and Boston accent. Kevin chats with both Jason and Brent about some serious topics in the fire service as well as adding some hilarious moments in the...

Duration:00:45:04

Doctor Jamie Dewitt, aka the "Toxicology Chick" Speaks About PFAS Impact to Firefighters

4/25/2021
In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host, Kevin Ferrara speaks one-on-one with Doctor Jamie DeWitt from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University (ECU), North Carolina. Dr. DeWitt shares her work on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and the impact it has on the human body, especially firefighters who use products containing PFAS in their everyday tasks. Dr. Dewitt explains that even if the production of PFAS were to stop today, we would still be...

Duration:01:05:01

NFPA 1700 Free Online Training

4/11/2021
AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara introduces listeners to NFPA 1700 - Modern Structural Firefighting. This free course provided by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is what Kevin considers an extremely beneficial resource tool to put in any firefighter's "toolbox" for use as a reference. Kevin speaks about how fire dynamics is a primary focus on NFPA 1700 and how important it is for every firefighter from the newest rookie to the most senior member like the...

Duration:00:49:12

Recap of Congressional Hearing on PFAS

3/27/2021
The Weekend Wrap-up host, Kevin Ferrara starts off this episode by summarizing the recent Remediation and Impact of PFAS Congressional hearing that occurred on March 24 not on the 25th as Kevin misstated in his podcast. Kevin gives his opinion on what he heard during witness testimony and why he feels what the DoD said, or didn't say supports the concerns of veterans and military firefighters. Kevin continues his discussion by highlighting several comments made by Dr. Jamie Dewitt from East...

Duration:01:34:18