A Podcast for fire service innovators

Stories of Chiefs, Firefighters, and Innovators in America’s Fire Service

We Key the Microphone for the Nation’s Bravest

When it comes to saving lives and property, having the best tools and information on hand makes all the difference. Join us as we explore developments in the fire service – from technology to teamwork, budgets to operations, health, safety, and beyond.

E13: Bond Measure Implementation w/ John Oliver (Part II)

December 20, 2021

So your agency passed a bond measure, now what happens? In this follow-up episode, Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue Chief John Oliver goes into detail about what an agency needs […]

E12: A Bond Measure Success Story w/ John Oliver (Part I)

October 18, 2021

What happens when 9 out of your 10 fire stations need structural improvements or outright replacement? In this episode, Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue (CKFR) Chief John Oliver explains how […]

E11: A Chief’s First 200 Days w/ Mark Niemeyer

September 20, 2021

Less than one year ago, Mark Niemeyer became the Chief of the largest fire department in Idaho: the Boise Fire Department. Looking back over his first 200 days as Boise’s […]

E10: Stopping Fire When it Starts, Automatic Fire Suppression Technology w/ Grant Van Der Jagt

August 13, 2021

What if fire suppression was automatic, keeping families and first responders safe from harm before a fire can spread? In today’s episode, we discuss the Auto Fire Guard (or “FireBall”) […]

E9: Improving Cardiac Arrest Outcomes in Remote Alaska w/ Douglas Schrage

July 19, 2021

Fire Chief Douglas Schrage knew that a community-centered solution was needed to improve sudden cardiac arrest survival rates and response times in his remote Alaskan borough. Chief Schrage explains how […]

E8: A Chief’s Perspective w/ Bob Horton

June 21, 2021

Scheduling time for creativity helps Bob Horton navigate the challenges and opportunities facing chiefs across the nation. The simple practice of “leaving room for thinking” has enabled him to enhance […]

E7: Saving Lives Through Comedy w/ Jason Patton

May 17, 2021

You’ve seen his hilarious videos on YouTube, but have you heard about career firefighter Jason Patton’s next big project? Through a multi-media approach that will include video and in-person trainings […]

E6: Eyes in the Sky, Enhancing First Response with Drones w/ Kevin Dykes & Nick Robinson

March 15, 2021

Fire officials across the country are quickly realizing the benefits drones can offer emergency response. In this episode, Engineer Paramedic Kevin Dykes and Engineer A-EMT Nick Robinson walk us through […]

E5: Tough on Toxins, Liquid CO2 Decontamination w/ Mike Duyck

February 22, 2021

Exposure to toxins while on the job is a serious concern for firefighters. Repeated contact with harmful chemicals can have lasting adverse impacts on health, and can lead to illnesses […]

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E4: Standing Up & Standing Out, Inclusive Leadership w/ Rhoda Mae Kerr

February 1, 2021

Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr is a fourth generation firefighter who has achieved numerous ‘firsts’ in her nearly 40-year career. Not only has she served as the first female Fire Chief […]

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