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Meet the Future of the Fire Service: iGen with Linda Willing

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If you thought Millennials were a confusing group, wait til you meet the iGen. Guest Linda Willing says they may be more comfortable with virtual communication than face-to-face, but they could ultimately prove to be the best group of firefighters yet.

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Narcan: Is It Necessary? with Dr Bryan Bledsoe

January 17th, 2019

Narcan has been pitched as the single best way to deal with opioid overdose. And while it does work, it’s being overused and misused. Some EMS providers and cops are administering it just-in-case … even if they aren’t …

Yoga for Firefighters? with Shannon McQuaide

January 14th, 2019

Here’s an idea: Yoga for firefighters. Wait—don’t skip this episode yet! You owe it to yourself to hear about this, because, even if you think yoga’s not for you, it can probably help. It’s got a lot of benefits for …

Being the Senior Man with Casey Clinkscales

January 10th, 2019

The most powerful position in the firehouse is likely NOT the Captain. You know who I’m talking about: the Senior Man. He commands respect simply …

You'll Fight Like You Train with Robby Owens

January 7th, 2019

Training is the key to knowing how to fight fires, especially when your department doesn’t respond to frequent real-world structure fires. It’s also the way to make sure no one gets hurt. But there’s a right way to …

Minimizing Risks and Making Choices with David Cain

January 3rd, 2019

Let’s talk safety. Or, rather, let’s talk risk, because we know firefighting isn’t safe. Risks are all about choices. The objective is to make choices that minimize risk. There are ways to do this, and my guest today …

Why Don't People Fear Fire? with Ray Reynolds

December 27th, 2018

It’s been over 70 years since President Harry S. Truman issued the first Presidential Report that told citizens how to survive a house fire. But …

Fitness: Don’t Just Say It, Do It! with Dan Kerrigan

December 20th, 2018

A few years back, the NFPA said that just 27 percent of fire departments had a basic firefighter fitness and health program, and that was down from 30 percent in 2010. My guest today says that the time has come for the …

Should EMS Require a College Degree? with David Becker

December 17th, 2018

Is EMS work a trade or a profession? There’s a growing push to require at least a 2-year associate’s degree for certification. Some officials want a bachelor’s degree to be required. Here to give us some perspective on …

Undoing Our Own Efforts at Hiring Diversity with Trisha Wolford

December 13th, 2018

Are you tired of hearing about diversity in the fire service yet? I’m going to assume you are. The question is, why, in 2018, almost 2019, are we still talking about it? My guest today has an interesting theory: The …

What's a Firefighter Worth? with Keith Collins

December 10th, 2018

What’s a firefighter worth to the community? Now what’s a professional athlete worth? There’s no doubt that pro sports generates a lot of revenue for a city, not to mention intangible benefits. But my guest today has …

Seven Unwritten Rules of EMS wth Gary Ludwig

December 6th, 2018

Just about everyone will find that there are the official rules in EMS – and then there are the unwritten rules. They’re often more helpful to know …

How to Lead in Today's Volunteer Department with John Sahatjian

December 3rd, 2018

Leadership in a volunteer fire department doesn’t work the same way as it does in a career department. For starters, the officer positions may …

Transitional Attacks Are Like a Bunt with Ray McCormack

November 29th, 2018

The transitional attack. Some firefighters swear by it, some swear at it. The NFPA says it’s a way to soften the target. Does it help, or does it have the potential to make firefighting harder? My guest today says a …

Everyone Wants to Work for This Department with Scott Thompson

November 26th, 2018

My guest today has a new book, titled The Functional Fire Company -- Positioning Small Groups for Success & Survival. It’s intended to explain …

Should You Try Acupuncture? with Dr. Nikki Kelly

November 19th, 2018

What do you know about acupuncture? Yeah, it involves needles. But do you know what it can do for you? Here’s one benefit: it can be used to treat …

Painkiller Addiction Risk with Mark Lamplugh, Jr.

November 15th, 2018

If you’re injured on the job, you’ll likely be prescribed an opioid pain medication. They’re a double -edged sword: it can be tough to get enough, even when you really need them. But you might be surprised how quickly …

A Rookie's Guide to Surviving the Firehouse with Mauro Porcelli

November 12th, 2018

If you’re a probie or you want to be, listen up. This show’s guest, Mauro Porcelli, has written a new book titled “Surviving the Firehouse.” It’s a …

Five Health Habits to Prolong Your Career with Aaron Zamzow

November 8th, 2018

Habits can improve your health...and bad ones can screw it up. That’s why building healthy habits is so important for firefighters. This isn’t just …

How to Get Quicker Knockdowns with Paul Shapiro

November 5th, 2018

How fast do you get a knockdown on an average fire? Our guest on this show says you should see the effects in 30 seconds. If you don’t, he says, …

Training vs Working Out with Matt Page

November 1st, 2018

Firefighters both train and work out. Though they share some elements in common, they’re two different disciplines. This show's guest says it’s important to do both well. Matt Page is an assistant chief with the Alpine …

Using Riding Assignments with Chad Menard

October 29th, 2018

Engine company riding assignments are the key to a ready arrival at a scene. They eliminate confusion. But some departments don’t actually specify who’s doing what, and my guest on this show says that’s a mistake. Chad …

Avoiding Sexual Harassment Claims with John Murphy

October 25th, 2018

With recent increased attention on sexual harassment in the workplace, now may be a good time to address it in the firehouse. On this episode, we discuss what departments and officers need to know about sexual …

Hoarder House Danger with Ryan Pennington

October 22nd, 2018

I’ll bet your least favorite house fire is a hoarder house. They’re tough to navigate, have lots of fuel, and can hide some nasty surprises. If you …

Don't Shortcut Your Training with Benjamin Martin

October 18th, 2018

When you did your early training, did you make a lot of mistakes? If so, you likely learned more from the screw-ups than anything else. It was valuable experience. And hard to replace effectively. But my guest today …

Get Off the Roof with Mark Cotter

October 14th, 2018

With more and more firefighters being injured as they work to ventilate roofs during a structure fire, we need to ask:Why are we still putting crews up there in the first place? Is it time to admit that vertical …

Dealing with PTSD and Clinical Depression with Todd Donovan

October 11th, 2018

If you or someone you know had a broken arm, you’d want it treated right away. Well, PTSD or clinical depression are no different. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean you can ignore it. And just like a broken …

Engine Company Pride with Jarrod Sergi

October 8th, 2018

Sometimes it seems that engine companies don’t always get the respect they deserve. It may be rescue squad crews or truckies that feel engine crews have a simple job: put the wet stuff on the red stuff. But this show's …

How Firefighter Culture Affects Safety with Travis Carricato

October 4th, 2018

We’ve been talking over the past few weeks on this show about whether firefighters have become too risk-averse. But there are also some department …

The "Emergency!" Attitude with Mike Rubin

October 1st, 2018

If you’re of a certain age, you were probably strongly influenced to become a firefighter-paramedic by a couple of guys named Johnny and Roy, the two heroes of the 1970’s TV show “Emergency!” They played a couple of …

Making Good, Defensible Decisions on the Fly with Nick Salameh

September 27th, 2018

If you’re a company officer or a command-level officer, you know the job is all about decision-making. The trick, of course, is to make good, defensible decisions in a big hurry at a chaotic scene. How do you do it? …

Being the New Guy with Tom Redden

September 24th, 2018

We’ve talked several times on this show about working with younger firefighters. But we haven’t heard their viewpoint. That’s about to change. Millennials are sometimes a mystery to previous generations. They learn …

Primary Search Techniques with Paul Mastronardi

September 20th, 2018

How do you conduct a primary search? It’s one of the most critical actions a firefighter can undertake at a fire. It’s also a dangerous task. There …

Where Are All the Women? with Cheryl Horvath

September 17th, 2018

The number of women in the fire service seems to be stalled at about four percent, despite efforts to recruit more. Why is this, and what can be done? Cheryl Horvath addresses that question and discusses what she …

In Praise of the Grinders with TJ Ward

September 13th, 2018

Do you go above and beyond, not for the praise, but because it’s necessary? Maybe you're a grinder. TJ Ward joins Scott to explain the grinder mindset. It’s an attitude that says—good enough is never good enough. And …

Owning It with Andrew Sauder

September 10th, 2018

What does it mean to “own it?” To a firefighter, it should mean taking pride in their job, and taking initiative to ensure it’s done right. Guest …

Designing the Ultimate Fire Engine with Ricky Riley

September 6th, 2018

What if you had unlimited funds to design and build the ultimate fire engine for your department? Yours would undoubtedly look different than one …

Deadly Lumber Construction with Mark van der Feyst

September 3rd, 2018

We all know we’re facing fewer structure fires these days… but the ones that do ignite are more dangerous than ever. More lumber is being used, and, …

Lessons Learned from the Charleston 9 LODD Incident with David Griffin

August 30th, 2018

On this episode, we discuss a major line-of-duty-death incident: the loss of the Charleston Nine. It happened on the evening of June 18, 2007, at …

Why You Should be Doing Oriented Searches with Chris DelBello

August 27th, 2018

How do you conduct a primary search? I’ll bet you do it by having the whole search crew follow the walls, staying in a line, right? Doesn’t that …

Getting Team Members to Meet Your Expectations with Dr. Liane Davey

August 23rd, 2018

When you’ve got a great plan, but some team members just aren’t quite on board, how do you get them to meet your expectations? Dr. Liane Davey is back to give us some tips on how to make that happen on this episode.

Sister in a Brotherhood with Cindie Schooner-Ball

August 20th, 2018

On this show, we talk with Cindie Schooner-Ball, who retired a couple years back from a firefighting career that began in1987. She writes a blog, titled, “Sister in a Brotherhood,” and is working on a book by the same …

Confined Space Rescue with Mike Daley

August 16th, 2018

When a man climbed into a narrow pipe and then became trapped 12 feet below ground, New Jersey rescue crews found a difficult situation. Mike Daley …

When to Fly a Patient with Cory Moser and Joseph Uridil

August 13th, 2018

When is it appropriate to call for a helicopter to a scene? Even when you have a flowchart to make the determination, there’s still a lot of …

Old-School Attitude with Chris Tobin

August 9th, 2018

If you feel as if the culture of safety in the fire service has been replaced with a culture of fear, then you’ll want to listen to Chris Tobin. An …

Paying for Community Paramedicine with Gary Ludwig

August 6th, 2018

Just about everyone agrees that community paramedicine is a great idea. But, trouble is, no one wants to pay for it. Mesa, Arizona, had a very good program but had to shut it down for lack of funding. Gary Ludwig joins …

The Dispatcher Shortage with Barry Furey

August 2nd, 2018

There is a shortage of 911 dispatchers nationwide, and it can lead to unfortunate outcomes. PSAP and 911 consultant Barry Furey explains why there’s …

When to Teach with Randy Hanifen

July 30th, 2018

Firefighters love to pass on information, and that’s what accounts for the numbers of speakers lining up for events like FDIC. But how do you know you’re qualified to teach others? Is there a certain rank you need to …

Safety at Crash Scenes with Jack Sullivan

July 26th, 2018

Safety at motor vehicle crash scenes can be difficult, and sometimes, there are non-vehicle related problems, too. Expert Jack Sullivan of the …

Developing a Community Paramedicine Program with Porter Welch

July 23rd, 2018

With community paramedicine, a/k/a mobile integrated health care, gaining popularity in the U.S., there are some challenges to be met when you’re …

Budget Realities with Brad Davison

July 16th, 2018

Brad Davison’s study of combination departments and the challenges they face found that budgets are the #1 problem, according to chiefs. We talk …

Why Drew Hughes Died with Brad Dean and David Hughes

July 12th, 2018

Drew Hughes died after an ET tube was improperly inserted while he rode in an ambulance. He had been injured in a skateboarding accident, but anoxia …

A Look Back at 100 Episodes with Scott Orr

July 9th, 2018

In celebration of our official 100th episode of Code 3, Scott pulls back the curtain to give you a quick look at how we got here. Join us!

Bullies and Harassment in the Fire Service with I. David Daniels

July 5th, 2018

Bullying and harassment within the fire service isn’t talked about very much, but it happens. Find out what it will take to stop this destructive …

From L.A. to Wyoming with Kevin Grange

July 2nd, 2018

Kevin Grange is a firefighter/paramedic in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. But he used to work as a paramedic in Los Angeles. In this episode of code 3, he …

Granite Mtn Hotshots Memorial in Prescott AZ

July 1st, 2018

On June 30, 2018, the fifth anniversary of the LODD of 19 members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew at Yarnell Hill, a memorial ceremony was held in Prescott, Arizona, their home base. The brief ceremony …

Re-thinking rehab with Tim Nowack

June 28th, 2018

Rehab is often given a lower priority than it should be, says our guest this time, Tim Nowack. He’s got some ideas about how to change that …

Running to Remember with Jose Zambrano

June 25th, 2018

It has now been five years since 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots were killed fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona. Jose Zambrano, a firefighter from El Seguno California began a run to the Hotshots’ …

NFPA 2017 LODD Report with Marc Bashoor

June 22nd, 2018

SPECIAL EDITION: The NFPA released its annual firefighter LODD report, and, while deaths are down, Chief Marc Bashoor says this is no time to get complacent.

Understanding NFPA 3000 with John Montes

June 21st, 2018

The NFPA has issued a new standard – NFPA 3000 (PS), Standard for an Active Shooter/ Hostile Event Response (ASHER) Program. The NFPA’s John Montes joins Scott to explain why it was needed and what it includes on this …

Watch What You Eat with Dr. Susie Day

June 18th, 2018

Sure, firefighters work out a lot, but that still doesn’t make a poor diet all right. Dr. Susie day has been working on a study of what firefighters …

A Cautionary Tale with Dennis Rubin

June 14th, 2018

In October, 2007, a crew of four Washington, DC firefighters nearly lost their lives in a preventable accident while fighting a house fire. Dennis Rubin was the Chef of DCFD at the time, and he joins us to explain what …

Tips for Incident Commanders with Jason Hoevelman

June 11th, 2018

There’s an art to being a great incident commander, and Jason Hoevelmann stops by Code 3 to talk with Scott about what it takes, and what not to do.

Are You Afraid to be Alone With Your Thoughts? with Jada Hudson

June 7th, 2018

If you’re like a lot of firefighters, you stay busy. That’s productive, right? But what if you’re staying busy to keep from dealing with emotional problems? That’s not so good. On this episode, therapist Jada Hudson …

SLAB SAVERS with Jesse Quinalty

June 4th, 2018

In a world with SLICE-RS. RECEO, and REVAS, comes a new and potentially better acronym: SLAB SAVERS, Jesse Quinalty’s solution to firefighting …

What Burn Buildings Can Teach and What They Can't with David Rhodes

May 31st, 2018

Burn buildings are part of every firefighter’s training, but how worthwhile are they? What do we learn in them, and are those things valuable? David Rhodes explains why burn buildings aren’t always the best way to learn …

Ballistic Vests for Firefighters with Kane Nixon

May 28th, 2018

One of the unfortunate changes the fire service has seen in the last few years is a move toward equipping firefighters with ballistic vests and body armor. It’s a reality, though, and Kane Nixon tells us why his …

Better Than "First, Do No Harm" with Mike Rubin

May 24th, 2018

What if there was a better standard for prehospital care than “First, Do No Harm?” Mike Rubin offers some alternative phrases that might make you think twice when you’re treating a patient.

Interagency Cooperation at Active-Shooter Scenes with Jim Morrissey

May 21st, 2018

As active-shooter incidents become more common, firefighters are being asked to do EMS rescues in some situations that they never used to enter. Jim Morrissey explains how interagency cooperation will work in the …

When You Get Passed Over for a Promotion with Matt Tobia

May 17th, 2018

There’s been a lot written on how to advance in the fire service, but not as much on what to do when you’re passed over for a promotion. Matt Tobia offers some tips for doing better the next time.

Using a Deck Gun on a House Fire with Paul Shapiro

May 14th, 2018

There’s a certain sector of the fire service that advocates just slamming a fire with overwhelming water and getting an instant knockdown. Firmly in …

What Firefighters Know with Michael Morse

May 10th, 2018

Everyday people don’t understand what firefighters see day in and day out. TV and movies have taught them that it’s mostly a heroic job where the victim almost always survives. Michael Morse tells us how he explains …

Preventing Emergencies: Project Mayday with Don Abbott

May 7th, 2018

A mayday is enough to send chills down a firefighter’s spine. For several years, Don Abbott’s “Project Mayday” has collected recordings of the radio …

Attacked on a Run with Ben Vernon

May 3rd, 2018

Ben Vernon was a seasoned San Diego firefighter who was on top of his profession when he encountered unexpected trouble on a run: He was stabbed, nearly fatally, by a one-time prison knife fighter. How he recovered and …

Tips for Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers with Candice McDonald

April 30th, 2018

Finding and keeping volunteer firefighters is a challenge these days. For her doctoral thesis, firefighter Candice McDonald studied how successful …

High-Rise Firefighting Basics with Mike Terpak

April 26th, 2018

Fighting a high-rise fire takes a considerable amount of pre-planning. Find out what guest Mike Terpak, a former Deputy Chief, says is important to plan for, and why he considers the elevator a “necessary evil” on this …

Is a 270-degree Recon Enough? with Brian Butler

April 23rd, 2018

We've all heard a million times that a 360-degree recon is a must at a structure fire, but what happens when you can't do one? Brian Butler has some real-world options.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car Safety with Jennifer Hamilton

April 19th, 2018

The newest cars on the road are hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, and they require an understanding of how they operate on the part of firefighters who …

Avoiding No Way Out Situations with John Cagno

April 16th, 2018

A no-way--out situation is different from a mayday situation, says guest John Cagno, because avoiding the no-way-out is a firefighter's own responsibility. Find out how he says they can be avoided.

Five Firehouse Leadership Tips with John M. Buckman III

April 12th, 2018

John M. Buckman III gives us five tips we can use to become real leaders in the firehouse. They’re simple to apply and make an immediate difference in how you’ll be seen by other firefighters.

Finishing the AZ Fallen Firefighters Memorial with Rick DeGraw

April 9th, 2018

The Arizona Fallen Firefighter and Paramedics Memorial is nearly paid for; it was built without any taxpayer dollars. Find out from Chairman Rick …

Stopping Confirmation Bias with Brian Schaeffer

April 5th, 2018

Why don't fire departments spend more time training ICs to run Type 5 structure fires? Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer says it's time they did, and that simply letting officers learn on the job doesn't cut it.

How to Visit Firehouses with Justin Schorr

April 2nd, 2018

If you like to visit firehouses while you’re on vacation, there are some unwritten rules of guest etiquette you may not think of—but just because …

Ending the Firefighter Suicide Crisis with Dena Ali

March 29th, 2018

With the number of annual firefighter suicides now exceeding the number of LODDs annually, the crisis is being addressed in several ways that hold …

Eat Like Your Ancestors with Nick Holderbaum

March 26th, 2018

If your diet seems like it’s slowing you down, you may want to try the Primal Blueprint. Firefighter Nick Holderbaum explains what it's all about and …

Better Firefighter Career Planning with Billy D. Hayes

March 22nd, 2018

If you want a successful career in the fire service, you need to be prepared to do more than just go to a few seminars and training events. Billy D. …

TRT: Ropes, new techniques, and training with Bob Duemmel

March 19th, 2018

Rope rescue technology has made some major leaps in the past few years, but training may be lagging behind. Bob Duemmel gives us some tips for …

How to Kill Your Firefighting Career Using Social Media with Marc Bashoor

March 15th, 2018

Social media is responsible for untold numbers of cases of SMACS –Social Media Assisted Career Suicides. Find out how to avoid killing your own …

The Mistake You Make in Every Argument with Dr. Liane Davey

March 12th, 2018

When you live with your co-workers for 24-hours at a time, arguments are guaranteed to come up to come up. How you resolve them makes a huge …

Live from Firehouse World / Thursday March 8

March 9th, 2018

Live wrap up of the day's events from San Diego

Live from Firehouse World 2018/Tuesday March 6

March 8th, 2018

Coverage from Tuesday's events at Firehouse World 2018 in San Diego

Live at Firehouse World 2018/Wednesday March 7

March 8th, 2018

Day two wrap up from San Diego

Get ready for Firehouse World live coverage!

March 5th, 2018

It’s Monday and that normally means a Code3 episode. But this week, we’re in San Diego for firehouse World 2018. So we don’t have a show for you today. But tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday, I’ll have live coverage from …

Code 3 Live at Firehouse World

March 2nd, 2018

Code 3 will have three days of live coverage of Firehouse World 2018, with wrap-up shows March 6, 7, and 8 at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern, from San Diego.

Fireground Weapons Selection with Curt Isakson

March 1st, 2018

Picking the right-size line and matching it to the right nozzle for the type and size of structure on fire makes a huge difference. Battalion Chief Curt Isakson gives us some tips on what to use and when.

The Art of Reading Smoke with Phil Jose

February 26th, 2018

The Art of Reading Smoke can make you job easier. It can also save your life. Deputy Chief Phil Jose from Seattle says that reading smoke can tell you a lot about how to fight the fire it’s coming from. *** Ever notice …

Firefighter Sleep Disorders with Dr. Sara Jahnke

February 22nd, 2018

The strange sleep schedules firefighters have may be bad for their health, says Dr. Sara Jahnke. She offers some advice on how to counteract the …

Firefighter Concussions with Mat Blankenship

February 19th, 2018

Mat Blankenship is a crusader in the fight to recognize concussions as a serious problem in the fire service. He believes they should be treated as a …

Officer in the Backseat with Robert Avsec

February 15th, 2018

When Robert Avsec wrote a column for on the possible benefits of putting the company officer in the backseat of the rig, he had no …

Better Engine Operations with Brian Gettemeier

February 12th, 2018

Firefighter Brian Gettemeier joins Scott on this episode to discuss what great engineers do that makes them so valuable. After all, if the fire department wanted a truck driver, they’d recruit from a truck-driving …

American Firefighter with Paul Mobley

February 8th, 2018

Paul Mobley is the photographer behind the new coffee-table book, “American Firefighter,” and in this episode, we talk with him about what it took to …

ROVER and Dante Gets a New Engine

February 5th, 2018

Two segments in this show: A long-time volunteer firefighter, Captain Geoffrey Girodano at the Stevenson FD in Monroe CT, develops an advanced paging …

Firefighter Mental Health with David Wiklanski

February 1st, 2018

Scott’s guest this episode is David Wiklanski, who joins him to examine mental health issues among firefighters. It’s a real problem, and saying …

Preserving Traditions with Marc Aloan

January 29th, 2018

Do you feel the traditions that made this career great slipping away? Lots of members of the fire service do. Lt. Marc Aloan has seen this happen and he’s out to fix it. He joins Scott to explain how we can preserve the …

Motivation to Train with Scott Peterson

January 25th, 2018

What happens when the crew doesn’t feel like training? Scott Peterson is the guest this episode to talk about excuses why we don’t train and don’t want to train. And what to do about it. ***If you enjoy Code 3, then …

Firefighter Fitness with Aaron Zamzow

January 22nd, 2018

Aaron Zamzow joins Scott to talk about firefighter fitness, why it’s not the same as other forms of fitness, and what exercises work best for keeping you in shape to fight fires.

Great Size-Ups with David DeStefano

January 18th, 2018

A good on-arrival size-up can preparing incoming crews for what they’ll be doing, says David DeStefano. He gives us some tips for doing a great size-up.

Post-Incident Critiques with Dr. Harry Carter

January 15th, 2018

The on-scene post-incident critique is an often-overlooked but very useful exercise, according to the episode's guest, Dr. Harry Carter. With over 50 …

Millennials in the Fire Service with Rob Wylie

January 11th, 2018

Millennials are new to the fire service culture, and while some call them “snowflakes,” our guest this time, Tom Wiley, says they can actually do the …

Swiftwater Rescue with Tom Pendley

January 8th, 2018

Swiftwater and Technical Rescue expert Tom Pendley joins Scott to discuss the hazards of flash flooding, what rescuers need to know, and the worst mistake in swiftwater rescue he saw in his career.

Small-City Department: Rockland, Maine with Chief Chris Whytock

January 4th, 2018

We talk with Rockland, Maine Fire Chief Chris Whytock. A fan named Jared suggested we talk with him, so we did. He's running a small-city department …

Happy New Year from Code 3!

January 1st, 2018

There's no show today. Happy New Year!

Community Paramedicine with Matt Zavadsky

December 28th, 2017

The biggest buzzwords in EMS today are “community paramedicine.” It may allow firefighter/paramedics to concentrate on more urgent calls. Our guest is Matt Zavadsky, public affairs director at MedStar Mobile Healthcare.

Merry Christmas from Code 3!

December 25th, 2017

There's no show today. Merry Christmas!

Watching "Emergency!"

December 21st, 2017

For our Christmas episode this year, we decided to take a look back at the seminal 1970s TV series "Emergency!" Scott sat down with three fire service professionals, Chief Scott Freitag, Battalion Chief Brad Davis, and …

Rooftop Ops & Safety with Gary Bowker

December 18th, 2017

Working on a roof can be dangerous, especially with the speed wood trusses and other members burn nowadays. But do you need to be on the roof at all? Is there a way to tell if one is nearing failure? Gary Bowker …

Firefighters and Community Service with Daniel Byrne

December 14th, 2017

You probably go out on runs (more like walks) to change smoke alarm batteries, but our guest on this show says fire departments can do so much more to serve their communities. Daniel Byrne is a big advocate of taking …

Using the right hose & nozzle with Anthony Rowett, Jr.

December 11th, 2017

Anthony Rowett, Jr. stops by Code 3 to discuss the need for using the proper hose size and nozzle for the specific kind of attack being made. Too often, he says, we chose the nozzle based on what we've been training …

Volunteer Firefighters: Recruiting and Keeping them with Kevin Quinn

December 7th, 2017

With 70 percent of the total U.S. firefighters being volunteers, it's important to keep recruiting and retaining them. The NVFC's Kevin Quinn joins …

Extrication Tips with Dalan Zartman

December 4th, 2017

Extrication expert Dalan Zartman talks about alternative ways to rip open cars and save trapped victims.

Firefighter Cancer Risk with Brian McQueen

November 30th, 2017

Firefighters face an increased risk of developing any one of several types of cancer, and Brian McQueen is out to cut the number of victims. He's our guest on Code 3 this time.

Getting Hired with Mike Pertz

November 27th, 2017

The hiring process for firefighters is very competitive. This time, Mike Pertz, who runs the website, stops by to give us some tips for passing the written exam and then acing the interview phase.,

10th Annual Prescott Regional Company Officers Academy / Giving thanks

November 23rd, 2017

Scott visits the 10th Annual Company Officers' Academy at the Central Arizona Regional Training Academy and sits in on some size-up classes. Plus, …

Fentanyl advisory for first responders with EMS Capt. Doug Niemynski

November 20th, 2017

Discussing the dangers of fentanyl for first responders with Central AZ Fire & Medical Authority EMS Capt. Doug Niemynski

Obsolete EMS stuff with paramedic Kelly Grayson

November 16th, 2017

Paramedic Kelly Grayson joins Scott to talk about the tools and techniques that were the latest and greatest thing 20 years ago but are no longer …

Five Things Company Officers Should Never Say with Linda Willing

November 9th, 2017

There's a lot more to being a company officer than just doing more paperwork. Consultant Linda Willing stops by Code 3 to talk about how what you say …

Mistakes New Engineers Make with Capt. Jim Spell, Vail, Colorado Fire (Ret.)

November 2nd, 2017

Once you pass the Engineer's exam and they hand you the certificate, you might be tempted to believe you know everything about the job. But there's still a lot to learn, and Jim Spell joins us this week to explain some …

Five-Alarm Leadership with Fire Chief Rick Lasky (ret.)

October 26th, 2017

Rick Lasky is our guest on Code 3 this week, discussing his program, Five-Alarm Leadership and a bit about the late Alan Brunacini, who recognized the importance of customer service in this profession early on.

"Only the Brave " Review with Brendan McDonough and Pat McCarty

October 19th, 2017

Scott reviews the film about the Granite Mountain Hotshots, "Only the Brave" and talks with Yarnell Hill survivor Brendan Mc Donough and former hotshot Pat McCarty.

Extra: Amanda Marsh on "Only the Brave"

October 15th, 2017

Amanda Marsh, the widow of Granite Mountain Hotshots' Superintendent Eric Marsh discusses what she thought of the film "Only the Brave, which features both Eric and Amanda prominently. She also talks about why she …

"Only the Brave:" Hotshots' Widows React

October 12th, 2017

On Oct. 20, 2017, a major motion picture, titled, "Only the Brave," that tells the story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, who lost 19 of the 20 men on the crew at Yarnell Hill in 2013, hits theaters across the …

Why NOT to become a firefighter with Deputy Chief Steve Prziborowski, Santa Clara Co. (CA) Fire Dept.

October 5th, 2017

There are good reasons to become a firefighter and the are bad ones. Deputy Chief Steve Prziborowski of the Santa Clara County (CA) Fire Dept. explains the difference on this episode. **Become a patron of Code 3. Just …

Vehicle Electrical Safety with University of Extrication's Ron Moore

September 28th, 2017

Today's cars can be dangerous to a first responder. The latest technology to make your job tougher is "auto stop-start," which can cause a crashed …

Pumping Mistakes with BC Robert Avsec (Ret.)

September 21st, 2017

Retired Battalion Chief Robert Avsec discusses some mistakes that engineers may make when operating on the fireground and how to avoid them.

Leading Humans wiith Phoenix Fire Chief Alan Brunacini (Ret.)

September 14th, 2017

Legendary former Phoenix Fire Chief Alan Brunacini stops by to talk leadership, both in the fire service and beyond. Since his retirement 10 years ago, he's been touring the country, giving seminars on the topic.

Apparatus Safety with Woodstock Ontario Firefighter Mark van der Feyst

September 7th, 2017

Author Mark van der Feyst stops by Code 3 this week to discuss apparatus safety on the fireground, The reminders he gives us could save the life of a …

"Firefighter-the Next 48 Hours:" A new video by Avondale Ariz. Firefighter Kyle Winterstein

August 31st, 2017

Avondale Arizona Firefighter Kyle Winterstein has produced a great new 'day-in-the-life" video about his department. It took seven months and he had to learn new skills to do it.

My Scariest Call: Central AZ Fire & Medical Authority BC Brad Davis

August 24th, 2017

Battalion Chief Brad Davis joined the fire service in 1991 as a reserve. His scariest call came a few years later, when he and a much more …

Steve Gunn, Peoria Ariz firefighter, to receive Medal of Honor

August 17th, 2017

Peoria Fire-Medical Department Engineer Stephen Gunn has been named as one of 12 public safety officers to be awarded the Public Safety Medal of Valor by the United States Attorney General. He risked his life, and was …

SAFER Grant Assistance with Prescott Ariz. Fire Battalion Chief Cory Moser

August 10th, 2017

The SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant has saved many struggling fire departments pay for enough people to staff full …

Fireground Safety: Prescott Fire BC Scott Luedeman

August 3rd, 2017

Every year, 30,000 firefighters are injured on firegrounds. How some of those accidents can be avoided is the topic this week with Prescott Fire Battalion Chief Scott Luedeman.

Job Description: EMS Captain with Doug Niemynski, Central Ariz. Fire & Medical

July 27th, 2017

Central Arizona Fire & Medical Authority EMS Captain Doug Niemynski describes what his job entails and talks about what emergency medical training helps prospective firefighters get hired.

Finding Female Firefighters: Phoenix Fire Capt. Reda Bigler

July 20th, 2017

Just 4 percent of Phoenix (Ariz) firefighters are women, and the department is actively recruiting more female firefighters. Capt. Reda Bigler discuss how and why they're doing that. **Don't forget to get our new Code 3 …

New Ideas with Mesa Ariz. Fire & Medical Chief Mary Cameli

July 13th, 2017

Mesa (Ariz) Fire & Medical Department Chief Mary Cameli is facing the same budget problems as most department are having these days, but she's overcoming them with some new ideas, proving once again that necessity …

The EMS Question

July 6th, 2017

Should fire departments continues to handle EMS calls? Or should private ambulance companies take it over? Would it save cities money do to that? …

Granite Mountain Hotshots LODD: The Aftermath with former Prescott Fire Chief Dan Fraijo

June 29th, 2017

As we commemorate the fourth anniversary of the LODD of 19 of the 20 members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, we talk with the man …

Firefighter Education: Engineer Eric Merrill, Central Arizona Fire & Medical

June 22nd, 2017

Today's firefighters need a college education. Once upon a time, a man went to the academy, and jumped on the engine and learned on the job. Engineer …

Prescott Fire Dept. History: Firefighter/Paramedic Conrad Jackson

June 15th, 2017

Firefighting in the old days was wild and sometime,s violent, as competing fire companies tried to be the first to respond. Money was on the line, …

Recruiting Volunteers: Chief Robert Rielage, Wyoming, Ohio Fire (ret.)

June 8th, 2017

It's getting tougher to recruit volunteer firefighters these days, and Chief Robert Rielage says it might be because people don't even realize …

Building a Firefighter-Nathan Green, Central Ariz. Fire & Medical

June 1st, 2017

Lots of kids wanted to be a firefighter when they grew up, and then became one. Not Nathan Green. He decided in college to give it a try and then …

Small-town EMS woes: Capt. Tom Haney, Mayer AZ Fire

May 25th, 2017

Mayer Fire Capt. Tom Haney discusses how his department deals with EMS responses, when having two runs at the same time can mean he responds to EMS calls alone.

Firefighters and PTSD: Capt. Jeremiah King, Central Ariz. Fire & Medical Authority

May 18th, 2017

Central Arizona Fire's Jeremiah King talks Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in firefighters, his role in an Honor Guard, and why he likes being married …

Barry Furey on Next Gen 911

May 11th, 2017

Our current 911 system is built on the backbone of 1960s technology, and it's going to have to be re-built from the ground up. Communications …

Joe Woyjeck, LA Co. Fire Museum, on bidding for Granite Mtn. Hotshots vehicles

May 9th, 2017

Joe Woyjeck, VP of the LA County Fire Museum and father of fallen Granite Mountain Hotshot Kevin Woyjeck, talks about why he feels it's important for the museum to win the bid for the Hotshots' vehicles, known as …

Chief Gary Ludwig, Champaign, IL, Fire Dept. on EMS Realities

May 4th, 2017

Chief Gary Ludwig of the Champaign, Illinois fire department, discusses the realities of providing EMS in the 21st century.

The Probies: Samantha Vargas and Kayleen Weiland

April 27th, 2017

Remember when you were a probie? Whether you loved it or couldn't wait for your year to be up, no one ever forgets it. This week, we talk with two …

Fire Ops 101: Brian Burch, Central Arizona Fire & Medical Authority

April 20th, 2017

Does your agency hold a "civilian academy?" You might want to consider it. Central Arizona Fire & Medical Authority Capt. Brian Burch explains …

Scott Freitag, Chief, Central Arizona Fire & Medical Authority

April 13th, 2017

Chief Scott Freitag discussed what it took to create Arizona's first Fire Authority and why; how he deals with staffing below NFPA standards while still responding to all-hazards; and why he's looking at smaller fire …

Kevin Keith, firefighter/paramedic, Prescott Ariz. Fire Dept.

April 6th, 2017

Captain Kevin Keith is a 17-year veteran of the Prescott Fire Dept. He's technical rescue and hazmat qualified, and that's good, because one day on the job at his station can include a structure fire, a hazmat …

Eric Kriwer, Chief, Mayer Ariz. Fire District

March 31st, 2017

Eric Kriwer is a 30-year veteran of the fire service, who has held just about every fire-related job you can have. He worked at the small Mayer Fire District a decade ago, move on, and now he's back to lead the …

Dennis Light, Chief, Prescott Ariz. Fire Department

March 31st, 2017

In our premiere episode,we talk with Chief Dennis Light, who took over the Prescott, Arizona Fire Department less than a year after 19 city firefighters, members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew, were …
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