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Promoting professionalism in the volunteer fire service because, "A paycheck does not make you a professional, how you approach the job does!" Hosted by: Chief Brian Soller and brought to you by ProVFF Training Solutions, St.Florian Fitness and FLAME Natural Decon.
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On today's episode Brian is joined by friend and co-creator of "Setting Our Volunteers Up For Success", Assistant Chief Tom Andryshak.  Tom is a career firefighter with the Arlington Fire District in Dutchess County, NY and a volunteer firefighter / assistant chief with the Florida Fire District in Orange County, NY.  He is also an NYS Paramedic  as well as a NYS Fire Instructor assigned to Sullivan County, NY and the recruit firefighter training program at the NYS Fire Academy in Montour Falls, NY. About our host:Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years.  He currently serves as assistant chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department and for the past 17 years has been a New York state fire instructor assigned to Sullivan County, NY.  Soller also served as chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department from 2018 - 2020 and chief of the Monticello Fire Department from 2001-2002.Soller has also been a New York State emergency medical technician for the last 25+ years. He speaks extensively on the promotion of professionalism in the volunteer fire service through his podcast and YouTube channel. Follow us on social @professional.brotherhood @chiefsollerOn the web at professionalbrotherhood.comSend future episode suggestions or comments on past episodes to professionalvff@gmail.com.Interested in being a guest on the show?  Please email professionalvff@gmail.com.
Listener RequestOn todays mutual aid episode Brian discusses the "rekindle".  Why are they so common in the volunteer fire service and why aren't we taking the time needed to conduct a proper overhaul and utilize the tools at our disposal.  About our host:Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years.  He currently serves as assistant chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department and for the past 17 years has been a New York state fire instructor assigned to Sullivan County, NY.  Soller also served as chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department from 2018 - 2020 and chief of the Monticello Fire Department from 2001-2002.Soller has also been a New York State emergency medical technician for the last 25+ years. He speaks extensively on the promotion of professionalism in the volunteer fire service through his podcast and YouTube channel. Follow us on social @professional.brotherhood @chiefsollerOn the web at professionalbrotherhood.comSend future episode suggestions or comments on past episodes to professionalvff@gmail.com.Interested in being a guest on the show?  Please email professionalvff@gmail.com.
About our Guest:Tim Ahern is a Principal and Founder of Ahern, Murphy & Associates. Tim is the Past Chairman of the Greater Syracuse Chamber of Commerce, Past President of the Syracuse University Football Letterman’s Club, Past Chairman of Beacon Federal Bank, Board Member of Byrne Dairy and The Fulton Group and a former trustee at Cazenovia College. He has been recognized for his accomplishments as a Syracuse University Letter Winner of Distinction, The Business Journal of Central New York Top Leadership and Management Development Consultants Award, The Papal Benemerenti Medal, The Cazenovia Fire Department 2011 Firefighter of the Year, 2012 EMS Provider of the Year, and a recipient of the House of Providence Bishop’s Medallion.Tim grew up on a muck-farm in North Syracuse where he achieved athletic and academic success resulting in a Football scholarship to Syracuse University. He graduated in 1978 cum laude with a BS in Accounting and began his business career with Price Waterhouse where he became a CPA.He left the accounting firm in 1982 to join one of his clients Oneida Limited where he became one of the youngest Vice Presidents in the history of the Company.After Oneida, Tim was recruited in 1986 to join the Pyramid Companies. During his years at Pyramid the firm became the largest and most successful shopping center developer in the Northeast. The positions held by Tim included Leasing Partner, Vice President of Leasing, Vice President of Recapitalization and Chief Operating Officer. He retired as a Partner and Senior Executive in 1998 to form his own Company.About our hosts:Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years.  He currently serves as assistant chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department and for the past 17 years has been a New York state fire instructor assigned to Sullivan County, NY.  Soller also served as chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department from 2018 - 2020 and chief of the Monticello Fire Department from 2001-2002.Soller has also been a New York State emergency medical technician for the last 25+ years. He speaks extensively on the promotion of professionalism in the volunteer fire service through his podcast and YouTube channel. Follow us on social @professional.brotherhood @chiefsollerOn the web at professionalbrotherhood.comSend future episode suggestions or comments on past episodes to professionalvff@gmail.com.Interested in being a guest on the show?  Please email professionalvff@gmail.com.Kara Judd, is a six year member of the Cazenovia Fire Department where she currently serves as a Lieutenant and Emergency Medical Technician. Kara is also a certified Critical Incident Stress Debriefer as well as an AFAA certified fitness instructor and the owner of Saint Florian Fitness. Her full time career is at the Upstate Medical Hospital in Syracuse, NY where she is the Data and Burn Prevention Outreach Coordinator. On social @st.florianfitness
About Our Guest:Sean Eagen started with the Buffalo, NY Fire Department in 1998. He has split time into engines and truck companies throughout his career with a 1-year stint on Rescue 1. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2014 and then Captain in 2018. Sean is currently the Captain of Truck 7.  Sean started working for the NYS Department of Homeland Security Special Operations Branch as an instructor in 2016.  He has had the privilege of speaking at FDIC and Firehouse World and Expo.  Captain Eagen is also an instructor for Eckert Fire Tactics. Sean is also the co-host of the Thin Red Line Radio podcast. IG: @seaneagenAbout our host:Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years.  He currently serves as assistant chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department and for the past 17 years has been a New York state fire instructor assigned to Sullivan County, NY.  Soller also served as chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department from 2018 - 2020 and chief of the Monticello Fire Department from 2001-2002.Soller has also been a New York State emergency medical technician for the last 25+ years. He speaks extensively on the promotion of professionalism in the volunteer fire service through his podcast and YouTube channel. Follow us on social @professional.brotherhood @chiefsollerOn the web at professionalbrotherhood.comSend future episode suggestions or comments on past episodes to professionalvff@gmail.com.Interested in being a guest on the show?  Please email professionalvff@gmail.com.
Chief Soller shares his thoughts on the "textbook" video post that originated on IG via @boogiedowntruckwork.  This is the audio version of Monday's post on our IGTV.About our host:Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years.  He currently serves as assistant chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department and for the past 17 years has been a New York state fire instructor assigned to Sullivan County, NY.  Soller also served as chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department from 2018 - 2020 and chief of the Monticello Fire Department from 2001-2002.Soller has also been a New York State emergency medical technician for the last 25+ years. He speaks extensively on the promotion of professionalism in the volunteer fire service through his podcast and YouTube channel. Follow us on social @professional.brotherhood @chiefsollerOn the web at professionalbrotherhood.comSend future episode suggestions or comments on past episodes to professionalvff@gmail.com.Interested in being a guest on the show?  Please email professionalvff@gmail.com.
Lieutenant Paul Haynes is assigned to Rescue Company 1 of the Syracuse (NY) Fire Department.  He has been a member of the department for 19 years, and also has volunteered with the East Syracuse Fire Department.  Paul is a NYS fire instructor in Onondaga County and at the New York State Academy of Fire Science.  He also serves as a NYS Association of Fire Chiefs Hands-On training instructor.About our hosts:Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years.  He currently serves as assistant chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department and for the past 17 years has been a New York state fire instructor assigned to Sullivan County, NY.  Soller also served as chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department from 2018 - 2020 and chief of the Monticello Fire Department from 2001-2002.Soller has also been a New York State emergency medical technician for the last 25+ years. He speaks extensively on the promotion of professionalism in the volunteer fire service through his podcast and YouTube channel. Follow us on social @professional.brotherhood @chiefsollerOn the web at professionalbrotherhood.comSend future episode suggestions or comments on past episodes to professionalvff@gmail.com.Interested in being a guest on the show?  Please email professionalvff@gmail.com.Kara Judd, is a six year member of the Cazenovia Fire Department where she currently serves as a Lieutenant and Emergency Medical Technician. Kara is also a certified Critical Incident Stress Debriefer as well as an AFAA certified fitness instructor and the owner of Saint Florian Fitness. Her full time career is at the Upstate Medical Hospital in Syracuse, NY where she is the Data and Burn Prevention Outreach Coordinator. On social @st.florianfitness
On todays episode we are joined by Aaron Quinn.  Aaron has been a firefighter in Oakland, California for 20 years. He has worked most of his career in the east end of Oakland on a truck company. In 2007,  Aaron became the head physical trainer for all new recruits.  Since then he has trained over over fifty percent of the department.  Aaron blends the hard world of a PT instructor, mental performance coach, and spiritual growth in a unique blend to produce the best firefighter possible. His philosophy is that better people make better firefighters. Aaron is passionate about making firefighters more resilient in every way, on duty and off duty. About our hosts:Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years.  He currently serves as assistant chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department and for the past 17 years has been a New York state fire instructor assigned to Sullivan County, NY.  Soller also served as chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department from 2018 - 2020 and chief of the Monticello Fire Department from 2001-2002.Soller has also been a New York State emergency medical technician for the last 25+ years. He speaks extensively on the promotion of professionalism in the volunteer fire service through his podcast and YouTube channel. Follow us on social @professional.brotherhood @chiefsollerOn the web at professionalbrotherhood.comSend future episode suggestions or comments on past episodes to professionalvff@gmail.com.Interested in being a guest on the show?  Please email professionalvff@gmail.com.Kara Judd, is a six year member of the Cazenovia Fire Department where she currently serves as a Lieutenant and Emergency Medical Technician. Kara is also a certified Critical Incident Stress Debriefer as well as an AFAA certified fitness instructor and the owner of Saint Florian Fitness. Her full time career is at the Upstate Medical Hospital in Syracuse, NY where she is the Data and Burn Prevention Outreach Coordinator. On social @st.florianfitness
On today's episode Brian chats with Pip from 555 Fitness about the mission of 555, fitness,  the "Strength is our Foundation" grant, the Clubhouse app, Street Parking and more. We encourage all emergency services organizations that have the need to apply for the grant by clicking on the following link:https://www.555fitness.org/siofAbout our guest:Robert "Pip" Piparo is a Lieutenant with the City of New Brunswick Fire Department in New Jersey. Pip's role with 555 Fitness has given him a vast amount of experience when it comes to motivating and assisting Emergency Responders in regards to several different functional fitness topics. Pip is , a State of New Jersey Level 1 Fire Instructor and a an NJ-EMT-B . Pip has both career and volunteer fire and EMS experience, as well as working as a NREMT-P for several years. pip@555fitness.com@555pip@555fitnessAbout our host:Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years.  He currently serves as assistant chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department and for the past 17 years has been a New York state fire instructor assigned to Sullivan County, NY.  Soller also served as chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department from 2018 - 2020 and chief of the Monticello Fire Department from 2001-2002.Soller has also been a New York State emergency medical technician for the last 25+ years. He speaks extensively on the promotion of professionalism in the volunteer fire service through his podcast and YouTube channel. Follow us on social @professional.brotherhood @chiefsollerOn the web at professionalbrotherhood.comSend future episode suggestions or comments on past episodes to professionalvff@gmail.com.Interested in being a guest on the show?  Please email professionalvff@gmail.com.
On today's episode Brian is joined by Chief David Brierty of the Ridgefield, NJ Fire Department and Jillian Crane, Board President of the First Responders Children's Foundation. The First Responders Children’s Foundation provides financial support to children who have lost a parent in the line of duty as well as families enduring significant financial hardship due to tragic circumstances.  First Responders Children’s Foundation also supports, promotes, and facilitates educational activities and programs created and operated by first responder organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the community at large.https://1strcf.org/Instagram: @1strcfAbout our Co-Host:David Brierty has been a firefighter and EMT for 17 plus years. David currently serves as battalion chief of the Ridgefield Volunteer Fire department after finishing a term as the chief of department in 2020. He has served in multiple line officer positions for the last 9 years.David also serves on the Fort Lee Volunteer Fire Department and is currently a probationary firefighter. As a career, David is a  six year first responder for The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, currently serving at the Lincoln Tunnel as a Tunnel and Bridge Agent.  Tunnel and Bridge agents respond to a variety of emergencies including vehicle fires, extrications, medical emergencies and disabled vehicles. Before he began his career with “The Port”, he worked for various EMS agencies throughout New Jersey including Jersey City Medical Center EMS, Holy Name EMS and Fort Lee EMS.About our host:Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years.  He currently serves as assistant chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department and for the past 17 years has been a New York state fire instructor assigned to Sullivan County, NY.  Soller also served as chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department from 2018 - 2020 and chief of the Monticello Fire Department from 2001-2002.Soller has also been a New York State emergency medical technician for the last 25+ years. He speaks extensively on the promotion of professionalism in the volunteer fire service through his podcast and YouTube channel. Follow us on social @professional.brotherhood @chiefsollerOn the web at professionalbrotherhood.comSend future episode suggestions or comments on past episodes to professionalvff@gmail.com.Interested in being a guest on the show?  Please email professionalvff@gmail.com.
Jonathan Brumley started his fire service journey as a volunteer in a combination department in his home state of Colorado.  It didn't take long for Jonathan to be bitten by the fire service bug and decide that firefighting was the career for him.On today's episode Brian and Jonathan discuss that journey.  From his volunteer days, to his first career position in Nebraska, to the City of Houston and then back home to the Denver Fire Department.  Jonathan shares how his volunteer time, his mentors and the culture of the organization gave him the foundation to be the successful firefighter that he is today.We also dive into his passion for hose packages and the 2.5 inch attack line. About our guest:JONATHAN BRUMLEY is a firefighter with the Denver (CO) Fire Department. He began his fire service career in 2009 and has served as a career and volunteer firefighter. Brumley has a BBA in finance as well as numerous fire service certifications. Jonathan is also an instructor with Fire by Trade, LLC, taught at fire conferences nationally and has published works in several trade magazines. Contact Info:J.brumley33@yahoo.com970-405-8963Thefirefightonline.wordpress.comAbout our host:Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years.  He currently serves as assistant chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department and for the past 17 years has been a New York state fire instructor assigned to Sullivan County, NY.  Soller also served as chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department from 2018 - 2020 and chief of the Monticello Fire Department from 2001-2002.Soller has also been a New York State emergency medical technician for the last 25+ years. He speaks extensively on the promotion of professionalism in the volunteer fire service through his podcast and YouTube channel. Follow us on social @professional.brotherhood @chiefsollerOn the web at professionalbrotherhood.comSend future episode suggestions or comments on past episodes to professionalvff@gmail.com.Interested in being a guest on the show?  Please email professionalvff@gmail.com.
On today's episode Brian discusses a variety of topics that have been submitted by the listeners.  About our host: Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years.  He currently serves as assistant chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department and for the past 17 years has been a New York state fire instructor assigned to Sullivan County, NY.  Soller also served as chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department from 2018 - 2020 and chief of the Monticello Fire Department from 2001-2002.Soller has also been a New York State emergency medical technician for the last 25+ years. He speaks extensively on the promotion of professionalism in the volunteer fire service through his podcast and YouTube channel. Follow us on social @professional.brotherhood @chiefsollerOn the web at professionalbrotherhood.comSend future episode suggestions or comments on past episodes to professionalvff@gmail.com.Interested in being a guest on the show?  Please email professionalvff@gmail.com.
This is a question that I ask myself frequently.  There are times that I wonder if we are making a difference; if the time, energy and effort it takes to produce this platform and this podcast is worth it.  Are we making a difference?Well this week I received a phone call that gave me all the justification that I needed.  About our hosts: Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years.  He currently serves as assistant chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department and for the past 17 years has been a New York state fire instructor assigned to Sullivan County, NY.  Soller also served as chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department from 2018 - 2020 and chief of the Monticello Fire Department from 2001-2002.Soller has also been a New York State emergency medical technician for the last 25+ years. He speaks extensively on the promotion of professionalism in the volunteer fire service through his podcast and YouTube channel. Follow us on social @professional.brotherhood @chiefsollerOn the web at professionalbrotherhood.comSend future episode suggestions or comments on past episodes to professionalvff@gmail.com.Interested in being a guest on the show?  Please email professionalvff@gmail.com.Kara Judd, is a six year member of the Cazenovia Fire Department where she currently serves as a Lieutenant and Emergency Medical Technician. Kara is also a certified Critical Incident Stress Debriefer as well as an AFAA certified fitness instructor and the owner of Saint Florian Fitness. Her full time career is at the Upstate Medical Hospital in Syracuse, NY where she is the Data and Burn Prevention Outreach Coordinator. On social @st.florianfitness
Ryan Johnston is a 23-year career firefighter for the Waterville (ME) Fire Department and is the rescue technician on Rescue 1. He started as a volunteer in 1991 and still volunteers in his hometown of Oakland, where he holds the rank of lieutenant. He has an associate’s degree in fire science and is a charter member of the Managing Officer Program at the National Fire Academy. He also is the owner of Maine-iac Training, a fire service training company.About our hosts: Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years.  He currently serves as assistant chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department and for the past 17 years has been a New York state fire instructor assigned to Sullivan County, NY.  Soller also served as chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department from 2018 - 2020 and chief of the Monticello Fire Department from 2001-2002.Soller has also been a New York State emergency medical technician for the last 25+ years. He speaks extensively on the promotion of professionalism in the volunteer fire service through his podcast and YouTube channel. Follow us on social @professional.brotherhood @chiefsollerOn the web at professionalbrotherhood.comSend future episode suggestions or comments on past episodes to professionalvff@gmail.com.Interested in being a guest on the show?  Please email professionalvff@gmail.com.Kara Judd, is a six year member of the Cazenovia Fire Department where she currently serves as a Lieutenant and Emergency Medical Technician. Kara is also a certified Critical Incident Stress Debriefer as well as an AFAA certified fitness instructor and the owner of Saint Florian Fitness. Her full time career is at the Upstate Medical Hospital in Syracuse, NY where she is the Data and Burn Prevention Outreach Coordinator. On social @st.florianfitness
Jim Moss is the author of "Firefighter Success, the 20 C’S to Firefighter Excellence".  Firefighter Success is the blueprint for firefighters and fire officers who want to achieve excellence in all areas of their lives. Its 20 core principles provide every firefighter with a complete road map to a rewarding journey in the fire service. Jim is a fire captain and paramedic for the Metro West Fire Protection District in St. Louis County, Missouri. His fire service passions include leadership, training, and mentorship. Along with Chief Dan Kerrigan, Jim is the co-author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller: Firefighter Functional Fitness.Jim is a contributor to Fire Engineering Magazine and FirefighterToolbox.com. He has shared his message at FDIC International, Firehouse, the International Society of Fire Service Instructors, the National Volunteer Fire Council, International Association of Fire Chiefs, and with fire departments nationwide. About our hosts: Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years.  He currently serves as assistant chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department and for the past 17 years has been a New York state fire instructor assigned to Sullivan County, NY.  Soller also served as chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department from 2018 - 2020 and chief of the Monticello Fire Department from 2001-2002.Soller has also been a New York State emergency medical technician for the last 25+ years. He speaks extensively on the promotion of professionalism in the volunteer fire service through his podcast and YouTube channel. Follow us on social @professional.brotherhood @chiefsollerOn the web at professionalbrotherhood.comSend future episode suggestions or comments on past episodes to professionalvff@gmail.com.Interested in being a guest on the show?  Please email professionalvff@gmail.com.Kara Judd, is a six year member of the Cazenovia Fire Department where she currently serves as a Lieutenant and Emergency Medical Technician. Kara is also a certified Critical Incident Stress Debriefer as well as an AFAA certified fitness instructor and the owner of Saint Florian Fitness. Her full time career is at the Upstate Medical Hospital in Syracuse, NY where she is the Data and Burn Prevention Outreach Coordinator. On social @st.florianfitness
On todays mutual aid episode Brian talks about the many options that are available to you when looking to start or re-start your health and fitness journey. About our hosts: Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years.  He currently serves as assistant chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department and for the past 17 years has been a New York state fire instructor assigned to Sullivan County, NY.  Soller also served as chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department from 2018 - 2020 and chief of the Monticello Fire Department from 2001-2002.Soller has also been a New York State emergency medical technician for the last 25+ years. He speaks extensively on the promotion of professionalism in the volunteer fire service through his podcast and YouTube channel. Follow us on social @professional.brotherhood @chiefsollerOn the web at professionalbrotherhood.comSend future episode suggestions or comments on past episodes to professionalvff@gmail.com.Interested in being a guest on the show?  Please email professionalvff@gmail.com.Kara Judd, is a six year member of the Cazenovia Fire Department where she currently serves as a Lieutenant and Emergency Medical Technician. Kara is also a certified Critical Incident Stress Debriefer as well as an AFAA certified fitness instructor and the owner of Saint Florian Fitness. Her full time career is at the Upstate Medical Hospital in Syracuse, NY where she is the Data and Burn Prevention Outreach Coordinator. On social @st.florianfitness
Jon S. Stern is a 28-year veteran in the Fire service. He joined the fire department in 1993 as a 16 year old junior volunteer firefighter in Rock Hill, NY. Jon moved from NY to Northern Virginia in 2003 to fulfill his dreams in becoming a full time career firefighter. While living in the NOVA region he became a member of the Manassas Volunteer Fire Company. There he risen through the ranks to become the Fire Chief.Jon is currently living outside of Washington, DC and works for the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department. He is a Fire Captain assigned to a busy engine company.He holds certifications as a Fire instructor, Hazmat Technician, and Paramedic.About our hosts: Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years.  He currently serves as assistant chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department and for the past 17 years has been a New York state fire instructor assigned to Sullivan County, NY.  Soller also served as chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department from 2018 - 2020 and chief of the Monticello Fire Department from 2001-2002.Soller has also been a New York State emergency medical technician for the last 25+ years. He speaks extensively on the promotion of professionalism in the volunteer fire service through his podcast and YouTube channel. Follow us on social @professional.brotherhood @chiefsollerOn the web at professionalbrotherhood.comSend future episode suggestions or comments on past episodes to professionalvff@gmail.com.Interested in being a guest on the show?  Please email professionalvff@gmail.com.Kara Judd, is a six year member of the Cazenovia Fire Department where she currently serves as a Lieutenant and Emergency Medical Technician. Kara is also a certified Critical Incident Stress Debriefer as well as an AFAA certified fitness instructor and the owner of Saint Florian Fitness. Her full time career is at the Upstate Medical Hospital in Syracuse, NY where she is the Data and Burn Prevention Outreach Coordinator. On social @st.florianfitness
For today's episode we are sharing this weeks episode of "windshield time", which we typically only share via Instagram TV.  On this episode Brian discusses "making a difference" in the fire service and asks the following questions:Are you making a difference in the volunteer fire service?Are you continuously striving to better yourself, your organization and the fire service as a whole? About our host: Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years.  He currently serves as assistant chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department and for the past 17 years has been a New York state fire instructor assigned to Sullivan County, NY.  Soller also served as chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department from 2018 - 2020 and chief of the Monticello Fire Department from 2001-2002.Soller has also been a New York State emergency medical technician for the last 25+ years. He speaks extensively on the promotion of professionalism in the volunteer fire service through his podcast and YouTube channel. Follow us on social @professional.brotherhood @chiefsollerOn the web at professionalbrotherhood.comSend future episode suggestions or comments on past episodes to professionalvff@gmail.com.Interested in being a guest on the show?  Please email professionalvff@gmail.com.
When asked why he would start his volunteer career all over again as a "probie", while continuing to serve as a battalion chief, David Brierty answers as follows:“I absolutely love what I do!! Helping people and being a firefighter runs through my veins. The fact that I am at the top of one agency and the bottom of another doesn’t bother me at all. I think it keeps you in check. If I can give one piece of advice to young firefighters that was always given to me it would be this.  You can never learn enough about a job that can kill you!!” About our Guest:David Brierty has been a firefighter and EMT for 17 plus years. David currently serves as battalion chief of the Ridgefield Volunteer Fire department after finishing a term as the chief of department in 2020. He has served in multiple line officer positions for the last 9 years. David also serves on the Fort Lee Volunteer Fire Department and is currently a probationary firefighter. As a career, David is a  six year first responder for The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, currently serving at the Lincoln Tunnel as a Tunnel and Bridge Agent.  Tunnel and Bridge agents respond to a variety of emergencies including vehicle fires, extrications, medical emergencies and disabled vehicles. Before he began his career with “The Port”, he worked for various EMS agencies throughout New Jersey including Jersey City Medical Center EMS, Holy Name EMS and Fort Lee EMS. About our host: Chief Brian Soller has been a volunteer firefighter for 30 years.  Brian is currently the Chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department in Rock Hill, New York (100% Volunteer) and a Past Chief of the Monticello Fire Department in Monticello, NY (Combination). Brian is a Nationally Certified Level II Fire Instructor as well a Nationally Certified Fire Officer. He has been instructing firefighters of all levels for the past 17 years as a New York State Fire Instructor.  Brian is also a long time New York State Emergency Medical Technician (20+ years), formally serving as the Captain of the Monticello Volunteer Ambulance Corp (early 90's) and currently serving with Mobilemedic EMS .  Brian's passion lies in the promotion of professionalism in the volunteer fire service. Follow us on social @professional.brotherhood @chiefsollerOn the web at professionalbrotherhood.comSend future episode suggestions or comments on past episodes to professionalvff@gmail.com.Interested in being a guest on the show?  Please email professionalvff@gmail.com.
Poser - a person who acts in an affected manner in order to impress others. Can also be referred to as a "wannabe". On today's episode Brian poses the questions, "are you a poser?" and introduces the question of the year for our platform, "in your own words what does it mean to be a professional volunteer firefighter?".About our host: Chief Brian Soller has been a volunteer firefighter for 30 years.  Brian is currently the Chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department in Rock Hill, New York (100% Volunteer) and a Past Chief of the Monticello Fire Department in Monticello, NY (Combination). Brian is a Nationally Certified Level II Fire Instructor as well a Nationally Certified Fire Officer. He has been instructing firefighters of all levels for the past 17 years as a New York State Fire Instructor.  Brian is also a long time New York State Emergency Medical Technician (20+ years), formally serving as the Captain of the Monticello Volunteer Ambulance Corp (early 90's) and currently serving with Mobilemedic EMS .  Brian's passion lies in the promotion of professionalism in the volunteer fire service. Follow us on social @professional.brotherhood @chiefsollerOn the web at professionalbrotherhood.comSend future episode suggestions or comments on past episodes to professionalvff@gmail.com.Interested in being a guest on the show?  Please email professionalvff@gmail.com.
On today's episode we are joined by Chief Matt Stiene (ret.), of the Smallwood/Mongaup Valley Fire Department.  Matt began his career as a volunteer firefighter and advanced through the ranks quickly, becoming assistant chief and then chief of the department.  He also served as the hazardous materials coordinator (HM-1) and then battalion coordinator (BC-4) for the County of Sullivan in New York.  After his many years of service in New York Matt, along with his wife Tammy (also a volunteer firefighter) moved to North Carolina where they continued to volunteer.Matt and Brian discuss how the lessons he learned during his years in the volunteer fire service continue to benefit him today.About our guest:Matt Stiene is the vice president of construction and engineering for Novant Healthwhere he oversees facility design, construction operations; construction logistics, andmedical equipment planning; property management, plant engineering, and facilitymaster planning, and land us planning across a multi-state health system. He hasalso held facility management, engineering, and project management positions withFellenzer Engineering, and Mecklenburg County.Matt is a licensed professional engineer in NC, SC, VA, GA, and NY, Additionally he isa certified Healthcare Facility Manager, and a certified Facility Manager. He receivedhis Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Clarkson Universityand his graduate degree in fire protection engineering from the University of Maryland.About our host: Chief Brian Soller has been a volunteer firefighter for 30 years.  Brian is currently the Chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department in Rock Hill, New York (100% Volunteer) and a Past Chief of the Monticello Fire Department in Monticello, NY (Combination). Brian is a Nationally Certified Level II Fire Instructor as well a Nationally Certified Fire Officer. He has been instructing firefighters of all levels for the past 17 years as a New York State Fire Instructor.  Brian is also a long time New York State Emergency Medical Technician (20+ years), formally serving as the Captain of the Monticello Volunteer Ambulance Corp (early 90's) and currently serving with Mobilemedic EMS .  Brian's passion lies in the promotion of professionalism in the volunteer fire service. Follow us on social @professional.brotherhood @chiefsollerOn the web at professionalbrotherhood.comSend future episode suggestions or comments on past episodes to professionalvff@gmail.com.Interested in being a guest on the show?  Please email professionalvff@gmail.com.
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