Just over 1-1/2 years ago, I planted a "seed." What did I "plant?" It was my podcast, "5-Alarm Task Force." Although I was only able to serve in the fire service for eight, short years before an injury forced me to leave, I have never let the fire service leave me. Since 1985, I have tried to stay up-to-date with the growth and evolution in firefighting, leadership, funding, education, etc. One way or another, I kept pace.
Through friends on Twitter, I am proud to say that our roster of guests includes some of the best mentors, instructors and leaders in the fire service today. They include the late, Chief Alan Brunacini, Chief Dennis Rubin, Chief (ret) Bobby Halton, Chief (ret) Marc Bashoor, Batt. Chief Jason Hoevelmann, Asst. Chief Todd LeDuc. Chief Robert Fling, Lt. Ryan Pennington, Capt. Joe DeVito, Capt. Robert Owens, Capt. Andy Starnes and many more. Moreover, we currently have over thirty (30) episodes "in the can" and have future guests carrying us into Spring 2018. With that, it is time for us to grow a bit more. Until now, I have personally shouldered all the costs for this podcast, equipment, broadband, hosting, etc. If I was still in the workforce, this would not be an issue. However, I have been disabled since 1992 due to a back injury that most likely occurred in 1978 at a state fire college training burn.
The goal for the podcast is simple - generate enough revenue to allow us to attend between two and four of the national fire service conferences, purchase two cameras, one still and one video, to use at the conferences and cover the basic operating costs of the podcast.
To achieve this goal there are several avenues that one could follow:
1. A Banner Sponsor - "This podcast is brought to you by...." The sponsor is mentioned at the opening and closing of the show, plus a number of times during. (Rating of Desirability on a 1-10 scale: 10)
2. Charge listeners to hear or download each episode - a "subscription," so to speak.
(Rating - ZERO! Do not want to do this to my brothers and sisters)
3. Affiliate with Patreon - Patreon is a business that allows followers of podcasts to pay towards a podcast, either by charging per episode, or a subscription fee as in #2 above, or allowing a follower to make a voluntary donation.
4. Commercials - There are several companies that work to match a podcast with advertisers. Then, instead of airing public service announcements, we air the commercials like most other radio and television networks,
That is where I am. I have no idea what the future holds in this regard however, I will unequivocally state that "5-Alarm Task Force" will continue as long as I can make it a worthwhile endeavor that will benefit the fire service in a positive manner.
While most firefighters know that October is the "designated" month for fire prevention programs, now is a great time, as well.
We can educate our communities about the need for keep live trees moist and green, inspecting lighting strings carefully, not overloading electrical sockets, times, or extension cords and much more.
This is not a task just for those in your Fire Prevention Office, every firefighter can and should play a role in this effort, starting with your own family and friends.
Let's teach everyone to "Live for the Holidays, Not Die Because of Them!"
Best wishes to all for a very happy and safe holiday season!
Welcome to the new home for Dalmatian Productions, Inc. and our podcast, "5-Alarm Task Force." We have put in a lot of hours into making sure that for you, our followers, readers and listeners, this site will provide you with all the information that you are looking for from us.
If you're interested in reading our first blog that was created on Google's Blogger, you will find us there at Bit.ly/DalmatProdTV . All new blog posts will be found here.
As we did on Blogger, our posts cover a wide range of topics that can be seen as an extension of our podcast, "5-Alarm Task Force." Our posts will cover many of the topics that have been brought up on the show and other areas of Fire-Rescue, EMS and First Responders' interests. If you're a regular listener to our podcasts, then you understand that we are one hundred percent committed to promoting firefighter and EMS, health, wellness, fitness for duty and the cancer initiative. And our support and dedication for those specific topics will never wane.
We hope you that you too, will play a role in our new blog and our website, as a whole. You can become a follower, respond to a blog post, post suggestions for topics or guests for the podcasts and much more. So please feel free to take an active role and join us on the next step into our future!
Stay Safe and Let's Make Sure Every One Goes Home.
As we create our new #home in the cyber-world, we add to that by moving our blog to our new home! It will be much easier to manage and you won't have to go from one site to another to read our posts or visit the site.
We want you to feel free to not only join as #members, but to provide us with your comments, ideas and yes, even constructive criticism! you can discuss any topic that falls within the realm of "First Responders." Who knows? We may even invite you to be a guest on our #podcast, "5-Alarm Task Force: News & Issues for Today's First Responders." So, give a good look over or listen and let us know what you think.
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