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Jumpseat Radio 062 The Darkside of the Firehouse

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In this episode of Jumpseat Radio host, Ryan Pennington uses the analogy of the Star Wars movies to discuss firefighters attitudes around the Firehouse.  Firefighters, like all other people, experience highs, and lows throughout their lives.  It is important for firefighters to seek out the positives and keep their attention on the mission.    In […]

Jumpseat Radio 61: Is aggressive a Bad Word?

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Jumpseat Radio 061 Is Aggressive a bad word?   In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Radio host, Ryan Pennington talks about the word “Aggressive”. For a long time many folks thought aggressive was not a word that should be used to describe a firefighter, rather an emotion that goes along with recklessness.  Ryan uses a book from […]

Is Quitting an Option?

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  “Stations and units respond for the reported structure fire with occupants trapped” is a statement that no firefighter wants to hear but every firefighter should prepare for. Preparing for the day you have to go above and beyond to save a life is the focus that firefighters should keep in mind when they are […]

Jumpseat Radio 060 Building Construction with James Johnson

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Jumpseat Radio 060 Building Construction with James Johnson    In this week’s episode of Jumpseat Radio host, Ryan Pennington welcomes James Johnson from Vancouver Canada Fire Department. James is a FDIC instructor who covers building construction for the street level firefighter.   Topics covered include  Why there are more than 5 types of construction What’s behind […]

Question for the JumpseatNation?

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Can you put your facepiece on with fire gloves on? This past week an instructor posted a question about placing our facepiece on without taking gloves off. Really, it isn’t a question that I have spent even two seconds on. My fellow instructors and I have been teaching firefighters to not take off their gloves […]

Jumpseat Radio 059 Normalization of Deviance with John Dixon

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In this week’s episode of Jumpseat Radio host, Ryan Pennington welcomes back John Dixon for a talk on his topic of the Normalization of Deviance. John has spent years researching how firefighters use excuses to rationalize the deviation from standard safety practice.   This episode is full of useful takeaways that every level of firefighters […]

Jumpseat Radio 058: Live interview with Frank Viscuso and Doug Mitchell

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Jumpseat Radio 058 Live interview with Frank Viscuso and Doug Mitchell On this week’s Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington sits down with two fire service leaders while on delay at Indianapolis International Airport. Listen in as these fire service leaders have a great conversation about fire ground operations, Leadership, and FDIC. “This weeks episode may […]

Everyone wants to be a gangster until

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By now the firefighter meme about the title of this blog has circuited around the inter-webs for months. It shows a firefighter removing bars with a saw with heavy fire coming out. While this picture is sure to get the safety folks cold chills down their spines it also is a true statement. Being a […]

Jumpseat Radio 057 PIO with Kevin Sur

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Jumpseat Radio 057 PIO with Kevin Sur In this week’s edition of Jumpseat Radio host, Ryan Pennington welcomes his good friend, and PIO Master, Kevin Sur.  Kevin travels around the world serving in multiple roles with local, state, and federal government agencies preparing for emergencies. Kevin is a Social Media Master that teaches the benefits […]

Lessons from Live Fire Evolutions

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During a recent 1403 Burn firefighters from around our region gained experience about many fire dynamic variables. One of the biggest was controlling the air.  Controlling the airflow is a major concern for interior operations. This video shows the opening of an air-tract during one of the evolution and its effects on the fire gasses. […]

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