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How to get inside of Heavy Content!

When faced with a building on fire officers must make tactical decisions in a matter of minutes. Beginning with the dispatch announcement until the first crew crosses the threshold of the building many factors must be accounted for. When faced with a home filled to capacity with numerous amounts of belongings firefighters must add one […]

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Failure is “GOOD”

Good morning from the Jumpseat, well not really anymore, but it sounds good. Good morning from the training office is the new location where the Jumpseat Training Blog will be coming from.  Transitioning from a jumpseat riding firefighter into a full-time educator has been a challenging task.  Challenging, but not impossible!  Along  the way, there […]

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Jumpseat Radio 051: Credit belongs to…….

It’s back!  Jumpseat Radio returns with a vengeance!  This week episode host Ryan Pennington shares some insight from two new books.  Episode 51 we share a powerful speech from President Roosevelt and how it applies to social media of today!  Here is part of Presidents Roosevelt’s Speech: It is not the critic who counts; not […]

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Learning vs Training: Application of knowledge.

Good evening from the training officer.  I must take a moment and explain the changes that I have personally experienced.  Over the past month I have left the comfort of the Jumpseat and accepted a position as EMS Training Officer for my home department. This journey has started as a exciting new segment of my […]

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Jumpseat Radio 051: 3 Clues a home is full of Heavy Content

In this episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington shares 3 cues and clues that a home is full of heavy content.  Heavy Content is a politically correct term used for first responders to identify and communicate findings of Hoarding in a respectful way. Using Heavy Content will describe the condition of the building and […]

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Are you ready to Nozzle Up?

It’s my time on the pipe! How many times have you said something similar to this vary statement?  Being the nozzle firefighter has to be one of the most sought after positions on the fire ground.  Making the push is where most firefighters want to be, period.  Its being on the nozzle that we need […]

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Jumpseat Radio 050: Stepping up with Frank Viscuso

In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington welcomes Deputy Chief Frank Viscuso from Kearny NJ.  Frank is a Fire Engineering contributor, author of Step up and Lead, and is a national level speaker on the topic of leadership. In this powerful podcast Frank shares: His college experience in rowing Leadership is a […]

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Jumpseat Radio 046 Interview with the Swedish Fire Nerd Lars Ågerstrand

In this weeks episode host Ryan Pennington sits down with Lars Ågerstrand from the Varnamo Fire and Rescue Service Sweden.  Lars travels the globe training firefighters on fire dynamics.  His science based approach to fire is a must see in the fire service!  Topics Covered History of fire training in Sweden Swedish Container Fire Training […]

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Preparation requires plan A,B, and C.

When was the last time things didn’t go as planned and you had to resort to plan b?  Being a firefighter requires adaptability to the situations faced.  Very rarely do fires occur in buildings with no set back, flat ground, clear spaces from aerial placement, and enough water to float the building down the street.  […]

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Jumpseat Radio 048: Harnessing Agression

In this episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington talks about preparing to be an aggressive firefighter. Often firefighters use the term “aggressive” to describe themselves and yet show up to emergencies unprepared. To be a true aggressive firefighter you have to aggressively prepare! Topics covered:  How to harness that aggression to learning and practicing […]

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