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Don't Risk It! Podcast

33 EpisodesProduced by VFISWebsite

Don’t Risk It is designed to help emergency service organizations better protect their responders, equipment and clients by covering a range of safety-related topics.Every other week, host Chris Rodgers, of VFIS Client Risk Solutions, will speak with industry veterans and risk management experts to … read more

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Responders Struck on the Roadway

January 25th, 2022

17:29
Roadside safety starts with education. In this episode, we talk about responders being struck on roadways. Tim Hayes, former medic and CEO of Medic …

De-Escalation Strategies for ESOs

January 17th, 2022

10:14

First responders regularly deal with intense and emotional situations where the people they are serving may be angry or in crisis. Law enforcement …

Encore Episode: Rollover Prevention

December 28th, 2021

14:10

It's been one year since the launch of the Don't Risk It! podcast, and to help commemorate this important milestone, we're revisiting some of the …

Encore Episode: Driver Training

December 14th, 2021

8:50

It's been one year since the launch of the Don't Risk It! podcast, and to help commemorate this important milestone, we're revisiting some of the …

Encore Episode: POV Exposures Controls

November 30th, 2021

8:05

It's been one year since the launch of the Don't Risk It! podcast, and to help commemorate this important milestone, we're revisiting some of the …

Value Added with Dan Naylor

November 16th, 2021

24:56

Did you know, a large number of Glatfelter associates are actively involved or have previously served in leadership roles in Emergency Service …

Forming Productive Relationships with the Media

November 2nd, 2021

13:23

In today’s society, your reputation can be destroyed at the speed of light. Dave Statter from Statter 911 Communications joins the program to discuss the significance of ESO relationships with the media and the effects …

Drones in the Emergency Services with Northwest Fire District

October 19th, 2021

22:21

The use of drones, in emergency services imposes the need for ESOs to have a structured UAS program in place; but, what does that look like for the …

Medical Evaluations for ESOs

October 5th, 2021

11:09

A responder’s health can impact the safety of other crew members, agency resources, and civilians. Medical evaluations can help ESOs protect their members by intercepting potential health issues and preventing future …

Rollover Prevention

September 21st, 2021

14:17

Emergency service organizations operate a wide range of vehicles in terms of size, weight, and operating abilities. In this discussion with Jackie Ireland of VFIS of NC, we talk about how vehicle dynamics contribute to …

Portable Equipment Loss Reduction

September 7th, 2021

8:23

Portable equipment is essential in fire and EMS response but these vital pieces of equipment are often damaged in the course of providing emergency services. In this episode, Chris Bardsley shares some of the trends …

ESO Relationships with Government Officials

August 24th, 2021

14:14

As changes occur within an ESO and in the community, departments may need to make adjustments that often require additional resources or funding. Maintaining a positive working relationship with local government …

Culture Change in Emergency Services

August 10th, 2021

9:46

Maintaining a positive culture throughout an ESO must include building a culture of safety within the agency. Rick Edinger joins us to discuss how …

Incident Stress Management with Dr. Kathy Jansen

July 27th, 2021

17:53

Critical incident stress can have a lasting effect on emergency responders; yet, the stigma surrounding mental illness often interferes with seeking …

ResponderHelp.com

July 13th, 2021

5:42

ResponderHelp.com is a valuable resource for emergency personnel, developed and administered by VFIS and offering content sourced from a broad variety of industry specialists. The website offers a robust variety of …

Patient Handling for Emergency Responders

June 29th, 2021

10:14

Patient handling is a complex task that emergency service organizations (ESOs) undertake every day. However, the basics of patient handling are often …

Driver Monitoring Systems

June 15th, 2021

7:34

Is your emergency service organization getting the most out of your current driver monitoring program? In this episode, we join VFIS Client Risk …

Severe Weather Preparation with Pender EMS Fire

June 1st, 2021

32:57

When’s the last time your department updated its severe weather plan? This week on Don’t Risk It! we sit down with Chief Woody Sullivan from Pender …

Fatigue Management with Chesterfield Fire EMS

May 18th, 2021

29:45

Fatigue impacts personal health as well as a responder’s ability to perform key functions including patient care, incident command and vehicle operations. In this episode we revisit the discussion of fatigue management …

Securing Emergency Response Units

May 4th, 2021

10:29

Theft of emergency vehicles, including the specialized medical equipment and medications onboard, can be costly; and in some cases, losses of this …

EPL - Sexual Harassment Discrimination Prevention Part 2

April 20th, 2021

24:39

Sexual harassment continues to be a hot topic for business and organizations. What can EMS and fire departments do differently now to address and prevent sexual harassment in the workplace? How can ESOs protect …

EPL - Sexual Harassment Discrimination Prevention Part 1

April 6th, 2021

22:18

Sexual harassment continues to be a hot topic for business and organizations. What can EMS and fire departments do differently now to address and prevent sexual harassment in the workplace? How can ESOs protect …

Drones and Other UAS in Emergency Services

March 23rd, 2021

11:08

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, have become favored tools among emergency service organizations (ESOs) for a variety …

Emergency Driver Training: Initial Ongoing

March 9th, 2021

8:52

Emergency vehicle drivers have in their care, custody and control most of the major assets possessed by an organization: the vehicle, portable …

POV Exposures Controls

February 23rd, 2021

8:08

Most volunteer emergency service departments rely heavily on the ability of their members to respond to calls, either to the scene or the station, in …

Special Guest Chief Ron Siarnicki of NFFF

February 9th, 2021

31:50

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) works to honor firefighters who have fallen in the line of duty, as well as support their surviving families, communities and crews. We sit down with NFFF's executive …

Electronic Devices Social Media p2

January 26th, 2021

21:58

Emergency responders are utilizing social media at a rapid pace. EMS employees’ usage, written content, images and videos on social media platforms …

Electronic Devices Social Media p1

January 12th, 2021

19:48

Emergency responders are utilizing social media at a rapid pace. EMS employees’ usage, written content, images and videos on social media platforms …

Firefighting Foam: Class B Foams and PFAS

December 29th, 2020

5:47

Sr. Vice President of VFIS Client Risk Solutions Scott Harkins joins the program to discuss firefighting foam concerns associated with per- and …

Risk Control for EMS Mid-Level Managers

December 15th, 2020

10:30

Risk Control for Mid-Level Managers is a program developed by John Kottmyer, Director of VFIS Training Programs, and designed to re-introduce the …

Fatigue Management for ESOs

December 1st, 2020

7:50

Fatigue impacts personal health as well as a responder’s ability to perform key functions including patient care, incident command and vehicle operations. Efforts to move to shorter shifts continue to face significant …

The Sterile Cab Concept in Practice

November 17th, 2020

8:55

Distracted driving is a significant factor in vehicle accidents and emergency services organizations (ESOs) are not immune to these incidents. Historically, emergency vehicles have had a degree of distraction built in …

Don't Risk It Podcast

October 21st, 2020

1:20

Introducing the Don’t Risk It! Podcast

We’re excited to announce the launch of VFIS’s new podcast, Don’t Risk ItDon’t Risk It is designed to help emergency service organizations better protect their responders, …

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