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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 KeysSeason 2 Host: Battalion Chief of Charlotte FD & Founder of Insight Training Andy StarnesThis podcast is hosted by Fire-Dex.

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 KeysSeason 2 Host: Battalion Chief of Charlotte FD & Founder of Insight Training Andy StarnesThis podcast is hosted by Fire-Dex.

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United States

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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 KeysSeason 2 Host: Battalion Chief of Charlotte FD & Founder of Insight Training Andy StarnesThis podcast is hosted by Fire-Dex.

Twitter:

@firedex

Language:

English

Contact:

4192171902


Episodes

Understanding Your PPE & How to Mitigate Exposure Risks

5/17/2022
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 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...

Duration:01:00:21

Addressing Mental Health in the Fire Service

1/11/2022
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 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...

Duration:00:53:28

Q&A with Season 2 Host Andy Starnes

11/22/2021
Tune in as Season 1 host Retired Battalion Chief Bob Keys passes the reigns to Battalion Chief Andy Starnes of Charlotte Fire Department and Founder of Insight Training. Join us as we bid farewell to Bob and get to know our new Season 2 host as he shares stories about his journey in the fire service and how he hopes to help make firefighting a little bit safer! WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO LEARN: ABOUT OUR HOSTS: Battalion Chief Keys completed a total of 31 years of service, beginning as a...

Duration:00:25:34

The Evolution of PPE Since 9/11

9/13/2021
Learn about the changing culture within the fire service that has led to a better understanding of health and safety needs for firefighters through advancements in PPE in the years since 9/11. WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO LEARN: ABOUT OUR GUEST : Jim Reidy was a Lieutenant on Ladder 46 for the San Antonio Texas Fire Department (SAFD) where he was a firefighter for 33 years. He was also an Assistant Safety Officer and was the SAFD Quartermaster in 2018. He was involved in PPE for 30 of his 33...

Duration:00:56:15

Why Alternative PPE Matters

7/12/2021
Listen in as Instructor Andy Starnes of Insight Training translates THL & TPP into firefighter speak, discusses why alternative matters to your health, and reviews advancements in firefighting technologies. WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO LEARN: ABOUT OUR GUEST: Instructor Andy Starnes of Insight Training is a lifelong student of the fire service and has been involved with the fire service as a volunteer since 1992 and as a career firefighter since 1998. He is a fire service website contributor on...

Duration:00:47:37

Pre-Screen to Intervene: A Proactive Approach to Firefighter Health and Survival

5/3/2021
Understand how preventative measures and regular monitoring can help reduce occupational health concerns like cancer and cardiovascular disease with Todd LeDuc, Chief Strategy Officer of LifeScan Wellness Centers, and Rob Brown, Physicians Assistant and founder of the New York Firefighters Heart & Lung Institute, who are helping firefighters gain access to regular health check-ups and spread awareness about early detection. WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO LEARN: ABOUT OUR GUESTS: Todd J. LeDuc,...

Duration:00:41:28

Fire as a Weapon

2/24/2021
Explore the history of fire as a weapon and its uses within the fire service, law enforcement, and the latest technological devices. Listen as Chief Keys is joined by Assistant Fire Chief Homer Robertson of Fort Worth Texas Fire Department and Special Agent in Charge, Christopher Combs of the Federal Bureau of Investigation San Antonio Division. WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO LEARN: ABOUT OUR GUESTS: For the last 36 years, Homer Robertson has served with the Fort Worth Fire Department where he...

Duration:00:28:10

Turning the Table on Retired Battalion FDNY Chief Bob Keys

1/28/2021
Get a behind the scenes look into Chief Keys’ robust career as Allen Rom takes the lead as host while the Chief shares his experiences becoming a firefighter, completing his first engine run, and moving up the ladder in FDNY. ABOUT OUR GUESTS: Battalion Chief Keys completed a total of 31 years of service, beginning as a firefighter for a high volume station, Engine 48, in the Bronx. As a Captain and Lieutenant, he served in many areas of NYC including Midtown Manhattan. Soon after earning...

Duration:00:35:02

Wildland Firefighting and the Impacts of COVID-19

12/28/2020
Discover how Wildland firefighting has evolved this year during the COVID-19 Pandemic. In this episode, Chief Keys is joined by Deputy Chief Douglass Ferro, who oversees state and federal programs under Cooperative Fire Protection at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and Tony Petrilli, a Fire Equipment Specialist for the U.S. Forest Service’s National Technology and Development Program. WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO LEARN: ABOUT OUR GUESTS: Tony Petrilli is an...

Duration:00:45:44

Reducing Carcinogen Exposure and Managing Issued PPE

9/28/2020
Join Fire Chief Christopher Bowcock and Firefighter Paul Rushton of Burnaby City Fire Department, and Lieutenant Kevin Tomyk of Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services, with Chief Keys, to get an inside look into how their departments take steps to reduce carcinogen exposure and manage issued PPE. WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO LEARN: ABOUT OUR GUESTS: Fire Chief Christopher Bowcock started his career within the fire service in 1994 at the City of Burnaby Local 323 Department. He’s spent time as the...

Duration:00:33:15

How Metro Departments Respond to Fires and Emergencies During Civil Unrest

8/5/2020
Assistant Chief Brandon Wade who is in charge of Operations and Communications at the Austin Fire Department in Texas, and Deputy Chief Chris Costamagna, who supervises Fleet, Facilities, Logistics, Information Technology, Communications and Support Services at Sacramento Fire Department in California, join Chief Keys to discuss how their departments respond to emergencies during recent protests and the growing civil unrest in their areas. ABOUT OUR GUESTS: Assistant Chief Brandon...

Duration:00:59:55

Paying Respects to Fallen Firefighters During COVID-19

6/15/2020
Retired Chief Ron Siarnicki, who actively serves as the Executive Director of the National Fallen Fire Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) in Maryland, and Joe Minogue, retired FDNY Lieutenant and lead advocate for the NFFF on Long Island, join Chief Keys to discuss how firefighters are coping with COVID-19 and how to organize a line of duty death funeral despite the current social challenges. ABOUT OUR GUESTS: Retired Chief Ronald Siarinicki began his fire service career in 1978 with the...

Duration:01:00:58

How COVID-19 is Impacting the Fire Service

6/3/2020
Assistant Chief Adam House, who is in charge of training, health and safety for the Sacramento Metro Fire District in California, and Assistant Chief Bryan Norris, the Executive Officer of Emergency Services for the San Antonio Fire Department in Texas, join Chief Keys to discuss how their departments implemented changes to procedures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. ABOUT THE HOST: Battalion Chief Keys completed a total of 31 years of service, beginning as a firefighter for a high...

Duration:00:29:22

Rapid Fire Trailer

5/27/2020
Rapid Fire, hosted by Fire-Dex, is a podcast series that unlocks current and trending topics affecting the fire service. Join us as retired FDNY Battalion Chief Bob Keys explores relevant topics and news with highly-esteemed fire industry experts within the U.S. Chief Keys completed a total of 31 years of service, beginning as a firefighter for a high volume station in the Bronx. As a Captain and Lieutenant, he served various municipalities including Midtown Manhattan, until settling into...

Duration:00:01:20