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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

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7577714756


Episodes

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

Remediation and Impact of PFAS on Servicemembers

3/14/2021
In this episode, Weekend Wrap-up host, Kevin Ferrara talks about a Congressional hearing on PFAS that was postponed twice and his opportunity to testify removed. Kevin reads for listeners and viewers, what was supposed to be his opening statements that highlight how the DoD and Air Force continue to pushback on the fact PFAS does have a significant impact on US military servicemembers. In addition to reciting his testimony, Kevin highlights the DoDs PFAS blood test for active military and...

Duration:00:57:50

Berks County Fire Chaplains Network

2/28/2021
In this episode, Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara sits down with representatives from the Berks County, Pennsylvania Fire Chaplains Network to discuss firefighter suicide awareness and prevention. Berks County Fire Chaplains Network representatives, CJ Ferrara and Kindall Wann provide insight on how they became involved in the fire service and what they do as part of a team to prevent firefighter suicides. Using statistics from the IAFF, the discussion focused on the increased number of...

Duration:00:57:40

Firefighter Suicide Awareness & Prevention

2/14/2021
In this episode, Weekend Wrap-up host, Kevin Ferrara speaks on the importance of Firefighter Suicide Awareness and Prevention. Kevin provides some data on the number of firefighter suicides throughout the United States as well as telephone numbers for individuals to call and talk with trained professionals. Kevin talks about AFFF and PFAS contamination at Goodfellow Air Force base in San Angelo, Texas where the contamination may be a contributor to the constant smell and poor taste of the...

Duration:01:03:49

Wrapping-up Firefighter Cancer Awareness Month

1/31/2021
AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara discusses firefighter cancer awareness and how it continues to affect firefighters across the globe. Kevin talks about PFAS and how it directly affects firefighters through repeated exposure to products of combustion during and after an incident. Kevin shares his thoughts on why PFAS blood testing is important and why it should be included in the NFPA 1582 Standard. Kevin talks about how important lines of communication and transparency...

Duration:01:08:35

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