Listen, I'm no artist and make no bones about it. I am unable to draw a straight line - - - even with a ruler! So designing a logo for "5-Alarm Task Force" was not going to be a job that I could do. However, the incredibly talented and creative team at our podcast host, Podomatic, took on the task. And this past week, they delivered and I mean delivered! We received ten (10) different logo designs to choose from. I shared them with my wife and even she said that there are too many good ones to choose from!
We have a great round of guests who will join me on "5-Alarm Task Force" over the next couple of weeks.
1. Aaron Zamzow of "Fire-Rescue-Fitness." Aaron announces the winners of his annual "Get Fit" contest and explains what his programs are all about.
2. Chief James Tornabene joins me to discuss, The Assessment Center" a new way to look at the hiring of fire personnel.
3. Exec. Asst. Chief Todd LeDuc returns to the guest seat to tell us about his recent trip to Bahrain for the IAFC-SHS division to help establish similar guidelines there.
4. Capt. John Lovato, Jr. comes on to discuss, "Bringing Brotherhood Back to the Firehouse."
5. Capt. Dan Kerrigan and Capt. Jim Moss of Firefighter Functional Fitness" fame, return to talk about their impressions from their recent presentations and exercise classes at FDIC 2018 in Indianapolis.
6. Capt. John Hayowyk joins me to discuss, "The Chauffeur: The Unsung Hero," as well as his thoughts of attending FDIC 2018 with his father, a life-long volunteer firefighter.
Also joining us in the coming weeks with be Mark Cotter who will talk about the UL's SLICER program and Capt. Andy Starnes of Kill the Flashover will return, as well.
Remember, all of our podcasts are FREE and available at our website, www.dalmatianproductions.tv , on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and now, Listen Notes.
If you would like to help us continue "5-Alarm Task Force" and expand our productions to attend and broadcast from some of the regional and national conferences, please visit our Patreon page atwww.patreon.com/dalmatprod.
With thanks to the Beatles (OK, Ringo) and the late, great Joe Cocker, that song has moved "mountains" when some couldn't even move "mole hills!" And that title rings true for many, if not most of us. Of course, it also depends on our ability to discern those who are true friends from those people who are more acquaintances than friends. Often times though, that is difficult to do and it's not unusual for us not to want to make that distinction.
We have the great Bob Dylan to thank for those words. Funny how just six words can convey such a strong meaning across so many aspects of life. And for first responders in general and firefighters in particular, times are changing for us at a very rapid pace.
Even if you've only been on the job for, let's say, five years, you'd got to admit that a great deal about the fire service has changed since 2013! For example, we've seen a great evolution of one of our most important tools, the TIC. Where it used to be a big, clunky thing that looked like a radar gun or steroids, one of its newest iterations can be used inside our SCBA mask! (Oh yeah - that's means you must follow the "FACEPIECE ON" call of our good friend, Chief Robert Fling.) Another set of friends, Joe and Andy Starnes have created excellent TIC educational programs and presentations across this country! Anybody can learn to use the TIC well!
I do my podcast for you - my brothers and sisters in the fire service. Today's society is so different than when I grew up. Sometimes, that makes our job tougher. Just look what we have to do to help our communities understand how vital and precious sprinklers are in, at the very least, every new residential structure; not too mention commercial buildings too! And our jobs have changed drastically in the 30-plus years since an injury took me off the line. We used to be fire departments that ran with an ambulance if they needed extra help. Now, WE run the rescues and EMS calls and wonder when and if a fire call will come in.
Some of you have asked, "Where have you been?"
To answer that question, I've been here doing everything necessary to produce "5-Alarm Task Force," which includes, sending out invitations and corresponding with guests. Not every guest can book the next podcast, so I have to be flexible, as they are giving of their precious time to share with you and me!
Additionally, you may have seen some changes here on the website. And there are more to come. We have some big announcements coming up very soon. However, it's always best to have everything in place before making a too-early announcement, or as my late father used to say, "Please engage brain before putting your mouth in gear!"
The “dawn of a new day” is supposed to allow us to start fresh from whatever troubles we underwent the day before. Sadly, today that notion holds no water. Whether you live here in South Florida as we do, or you live “off the grid” and you heard the news on amateur radio, today the sunlight is obscured by the ethereal gun smoke that still hangs over our community where this tragedy occurred and that also drifts over our society as another mass shooting occurs.
It has been a difficult start to 2018 for the Fire Service. In less than one week, we lost two of our comrades. On January 3rd, Wamego KS Firefighter John Randle succumbed to his injuries suffered from a fall while returning apparatus to service. And on January 6th, Philadelphia Lt. Matt LeTourneau died as a result of a structural collapse while fighting a row house fire. We mourn their loss along with their families, friends, colleagues and the entire fire service and their sacrifice shall never be forgotten.
As I sit here writing this post, we're about 36 hours after the tragic fire in Bronx NY that so sadly took 12 lives. Most of us cannot even imagine losing one family remember or even one neighbor. Yet, one family lost four members, a brave soldier from our Armed Forces, home on Christmas leave, lost his life trying to rescue others, plus another seven poor souls.
First - We want to thank all of you who have stopped by to visit our new website. Whether you have hit every page or you jumped to read the blog or to listen to our podcasts, we are grateful that you took the time to stop by and see what Dalmatian Productions is all about.
As the title of this post indicates, we all must evolve in some manner to maintain and hopefully, improve our existence. Yes, we can be reticent to change; OK, we can be down right stubborn about it! In the end however, we usually find that the change is for the better. Not always, but most of the time. So, we too will be making a change; one that we believe will be better, not only for us, but for our listeners of our podcast, "5-Alarm Task Force."
Steve Greene is the president of Dalmatian Productions, Inc. and the Creator/Host of the "5-Alarm Task Force" podcast.