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Doug Mitchell - 065

Doug Mitchell - 065

2022-04-1737:46

Doug Mitchell is a captain in the New York City Fire Department with 30 years of fire experience, the last 23 being with the FDNY. He is a principal member of the NFPA 1400 committee and co-authored Fire Engineering’s “25 to Survive: Reducing Residential Injury and LODD” in 2013 with his fire service brother Dan Shaw. Make sure you go back to episode 50 of the Firefighter Success Podcast and check out Chief Shaw’s popular episode.Doug also has a Bachelor’s degree from University of MD Baltimore County and resides in Orange County NY with his wife and three children. 
Julian Serrano is a firefighter with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue in Florida. He is passionate about mentorship, leadership, training and firefighter fitness. Early in his career, he decided to take ownership of his fitness, losing nearly 100 pounds. Since then, he has become a Florida Smoke Diver and ultramarathon runner. Since the last time he was on the Firefighter Success Podcast, Julian created Prepared to Fight Fire, an intense 8-week fitness program which helps aspiring firefighters get physically and mentally prepared for the job. To sign up and get a FREE Firefighter Success book, go to PreparedToFightFire.com/FirefighterSuccess
Dan McBride - 063

Dan McBride - 063

2022-03-2037:47

Dan McBride is a firefighter in Chelan County, Washington. He started out as a volunteer firefighter, following in his dad’s footsteps, who is a 39-year fire service veteran and deputy chief. Dan shifted gears and went into law enforcement, serving 7 years as a corrections officer in maximum security.In addition to serving as a firefighter in Chelan County, he is the founder and CEO of Thinline Anthem, a company whose mission is to assist first responders with their mental and physical health so that they can take care of themselves, their families, and the communities they serve. Learn more at ThinLineAnthem.com
Eddie Buchanan - 062

Eddie Buchanan - 062

2022-03-1301:06:01

Eddie Buchanan began his fire service career in 1982 and is currently the Chief of Administration for Hanover Fire-EMS in Richmond, Virginia. He is a past president of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors and was the George D. Post Instructor of the Year in 2015 for the creation of the SLICE-RS concept, which was incorporated into the ISFSI’s Principles of Modern Fire Attack Program.  Eddie serves on the Executive Advisory Board for FDIC and Fire Engineering Magazine and on the NFPA Technical Committee for Fire Services Training. He is the author of the “Volunteer Training Officer’s Handbook” from Fire Engineering Books and Videos. 
Mike Matros - 061

Mike Matros - 061

2022-03-0641:32

Mike Matros is a career firefighter paramedic of 16 years and is currently with the Sudbury Fire Department in Massachusetts. Mike is also the founder and executive director of the Hero's Cup Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on the health and safety of all first responders. In addition to Mike's non-profit work, Mike is also the founder and President of RedLine Gear Cleaning, a nationwide turnout gear cleaning company that provides on-site cleaning services directly at fire departments.Learn more at: https://redlinegearcleaning.com and http://heroescuphockey.com
Paul Hasenmeier - 060

Paul Hasenmeier - 060

2022-02-2753:501

Paul Hasenmeier is a 22-year fire service veteran and the fire chief of the Sunset Beach Fire Department in North Carolina.  He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. He also possesses a bachelor’s degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University as well as a master’s degree in Public Administration from Capella University.  Paul is also a lead faculty member at Columbia Southern University where he teaches online courses in their fire administration program. He has presented on various topics across the United States and Canada, including the following classes: It’s Not a Costume: No Excuses Firemanship, Evaluation Strategies for Mentors, Company Bosses, and Chiefs, and School Bus Extrication.
Scott Geiselhart - 059

Scott Geiselhart - 059

2022-02-2039:19

Scott Geiselhart is a 24-year retired assistant chief from the Frazee Fire Department of Minnesota. He is a PTSD, addiction, and suicide-attempt survivor. Scott escaped a near-death experience on his road to discovery and recovery from his post-traumatic stress disorder. Scott is now a national speaker who shares his message of healing and redemption with thousands of first responders. He is also a co-author of the IAFC’s Yellow Ribbon Report “Under the Helmet: Performing an Internal Size-Up.” As a mental health practitioner and a certified peer support specialist, he has received crisis intervention training, suicide prevention training, and critical incident stress management training. Learn more about Scott and his journey at SeeingInColorAgain.com.
Nick Papa - 058

Nick Papa - 058

2022-02-1301:12:19

Nicholas Papa is a lieutenant with the New Britain Fire Department in Connecticut, where he has served for more than 14 years. A second-generation firefighter, he entered the fire service in 2003, volunteering for a neighboring suburb until his appointment to the New Britain Fire Department. Nick is the author of Coordinating Ventilation: Supporting Extinguishment & Survivability, and has been an FDIC classroom instructor since 2017. He is a technical panelist for the UL-FSRI Study on Coordinated Fire Attack in Acquired Structures. Lastly, he is the founder of Fireside Training, an organization that “empowers initiative through competency.”Learn more at https://firesidetraining.org
Nick Higgins - 057

Nick Higgins - 057

2022-02-0651:57

Nicholas J. Higgins is a firefighter and district training officer for Piscataway Fire District #2 in Piscataway, New Jersey. He is a New Jersey State Level 2 Fire Instructor, a National Fallen Firefighters Foundation state advocate, and a member of the Board of Directors for the 5-Alarm Task Force—a 501 (c) (3), non-profit organization. Nick is also the founder and a contributor of The Firehouse Tribune website. He has taught “Critical Thinking and Fireground Decision Making” and “Critical Thinking and The Fireground Officer” at various fire departments throughout the country, at Firehouse Expo, and other fire conferences nationwide.He is the author of “The 5-Tool Firefighter,” a book that helps firefighters perform at their highest level.Learn more at: TheFirehouseTribune.com
Ryan Johnston - 056

Ryan Johnston - 056

2022-01-3033:17

Ryan Johnston is a 30-year student of the fire service, with the last 24 years as a career firefighter. Ryan is also a rescue technician at the Waterville Fire Department in Maine. He is also a lieutenant in his hometown with the Oakland Fire Department. Ryan is also a contributing writer for Firefighter Nation and a charter member of the Managing Officer Program at The National Fire Academy.He is the owner of Maineiac Training: A small fire training company that prides itself on providing realistic fire training. Follow Maineiac Training on Facebook and Instagram at @maineiactraining.
Murphy Arsenaux is a retired captain and 37-year veteran of the fire service. He started his career at the New Orleans Fire Department and finished it at St. George Fire Department in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Check out episode 054 with Murphy, where we discuss his book: A Company of Leaders: Leading at Every LevelOn this episode, we welcome Murphy's co-author for Firehouse Mentor, Lieutenant Nick Joiner. Nick has been in the fire service for 26 years. In 1995, at 19-years-old, he started his career at Abbeville Fire Department in Louisiana. In 2008, he made the move to Industrial Emergency Services in Baton Rouge to work as an industrial firefighter in an oil refinery plant.In 2010, Nick left the industrial scene and joined the St. George Fire Department, where he currently holds the rank of Lieutenant. Nick also serves on the honor guard for SGFD. He is passionate about promoting leadership, physical fitness and pursuing his education.In 2018, Nick started “10 Rounds Firefighting”, a fire service, task-related fitness program to help inspire other firefighters to get into top physical condition. He is a part-time Training Instructor, Physical Fitness Instructor and also leads leadership forums at SGFD for captains, lieutenants, and firefighters. In 2017, Nick was overwhelmingly voted as “Firefighter of the Year” by his peers.
Murphy Arsenaux - 054

Murphy Arsenaux - 054

2022-01-1601:04:49

Murphy Arsenaux is a 37-year veteran of the fire service. He is the author of A Company of Leaders, Leading At Every Level and Co-author of Firehouse Mentor. He entered the New Orleans Fire Department in 1984 and rose to captain in 1995. In 1999 he transferred to the St. George Fire Department in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and in 2000 he was promoted to captain again. His assignments have varied, from leading one of the busiest engines in the city of New Orleans, assisting in the development of a first responder pilot program for the NOFD, to serving as a training officer at St. George Fire. Murphy is a contributing writer for B Shifter Magazine where he writes articles on leadership. He looks forward to retirement and spending more time with his wife of 33 years, their 21 year old autistic son, daughter, and grandchildren. His passion is studying the Holy Scriptures and helping others.Both of his books can be purchased at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.
Jared Van Ek - 053

Jared Van Ek - 053

2022-01-0959:41

Jared Van Ek is a lieutenant with the Spartanburg City Fire Department in South Carolina - an ISO Class 1 and Internationally Accredited Fire Department.  He is a 31-year fire service veteran – serving 24 years as a volunteer and the last 7 as a career firefighter. Jared is passionate about fitness and is an avid trail runner and Spartan racer.  He is a certified Peer Fitness Trainer, a CrossFit level 1 Trainer and leads a Fitness Team as the Fire Department’s Peer Fitness Coordinator.  Jared is also a shift Training Coordinator for the department and is a part time instructor at the Spartanburg County Emergency Services Academy.  In addition, Jared is also the President of the Spartanburg City Professional Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 369.Jared has been married to his wife Mary for 25 years and has two daughters, Rachael and Leah.  He enjoys spending time with his family at the beach and the lake. 
Stephen Shaw - 052

Stephen Shaw - 052

2021-12-2648:03

Stephen Shaw is a 26-year veteran of the fire rescue service. He is the Assistant Chief for Training & EMS for Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue. Chief Shaw is an accredited Chief Fire Officer and the chair of the EMS Subcommittee for the Fire Chiefs Association of Broward County. He serves as Vice Chair of the South Florida Local Emergency Planning Committee. He is an IAFC Hazmat Committee member and a Hazmat Specialist for USAR Task Force 2.As an instructor and writer, his articles have been featured in Fire Engineering magazine and he is a regular contributor to the Humpday Hangout focusing on training. He has presented at multiple conferences on topics including leadership, officer development, EMS, and training. Lastly, he is a dedicated family man with a beautiful wife and two sons. In his spare time, he brews beer, makes handcrafted soap, and enjoys working in his garage. 
Steve Pegram - 051

Steve Pegram - 051

2021-12-1901:14:24

Steve Pegram is a 35-year firefighter who has served in every rank from firefighter to Chief in both the volunteer and career fire services. Chief Pegram has been Fire Chief of Goshen Township Fire and EMS since 2009, and is set to retire on January 1, 2022. He will start his new role of Township Administrator for Goshen Township soon after. He has a laundry list of accomplishments, which include (but are not limited to):Being the past president of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors,An FDIC Instructor and member of the Fire Engineering/FDIC Advisory Board,And he was awarded the President’s Award from the IAFC for his work as chairman of the COVID19 Economic Task ForceAnd many more…Chief Pegram is working towards his Masters in Public Administration and was recently accepted to the Harvard Kennedy School of Government credential program. Lastly, he is active in his church, serves on the board of several non-profits, and owns a consulting business with three of his best friends. He and his wife, Mollie, live in Goshen, Ohio with their children: Jack and Riley.
Dan Shaw - 050

Dan Shaw - 050

2021-12-1201:01:04

Dan Shaw is a Deputy Fire Chief for the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department in Northern Virginia and 29-year veteran of the fire service. He is a national fire educator who has instructed at FDIC since 2009.Chief Shaw is a Vice President of Traditions Training, teaching all over the United States on fire service topics and leadership. He has been published in Fire Engineering magazine, is a regular contributor to the monthly Fire Engineering Google Hangout, and in 2013 co-authored the incredibly important book: 25 to Survive: Reducing Residential Injury and Line-of-duty Deaths with Captain Doug Mitchell.
Brian Olson - 049

Brian Olson - 049

2021-12-0501:07:01

Brian Olson is a 13-year veteran of the Eagle Fire Department in Eagle, Idaho. He is a founding member of the Firefighter Rescue Survey, a Brothers in Battle Instructor, and a Georgia Smoke Diver. He is also a dedicated husband, father, and man of faith.Brian one of the hard-chargers in the fire service who takes a no-nonsense, no-excuse approach to every aspect of his life.Take the Firefighter Rescue Survey at: FirefighterRescueSurvey.com 
Dennis Reilly - 048

Dennis Reilly - 048

2021-11-2857:36

Dennis Reilly is a forty-eight-year fire service veteran currently serving as the Fire Chief in Pittsburg, Kansas. Prior to his current position, he was the Fire Chief in Sunrise Beach, Missouri, an Assistant Chief in North Carolina & California and he retired as a Battalion Chief in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. During his time in New Jersey, Dennis became one of the original members of the New Jersey Urban Search & Rescue Task Force 1.  As part of Task Force 1, Chief Reilly made several deployments, including New York City as part of the response to the Terrorist Attacks of 9/11. Chief Reilly holds a Master Degree in Public Administration from Penn State University and is a CFO. An accomplished author and lecturer, Chief Reilly is active in numerous professional development activities within the fire service. Outside of his fire service career, Dennis is a US Army veteran having served in Iraq during the Operation Desert Storm. From 2007 – 2010, he worked as an independent contractor providing protective services to several different government clients in Iraq and Afghanistan. Chief Reilly has been married to his wife Ann for over 35 years. They have two adult children, and three grandchildren.
Chris Hickman - 047

Chris Hickman - 047

2021-11-2137:03

Chris Hickman has served for nearly 27 years in the emergency services. Chris currently serves as a Captain/Paramedic for Ocala Fire Rescue in Florida.During his career, Chris has remained active as a mentor, coach, and advocate for the community’s youth. His passion for inspiring the next generation of leaders has been highlighted accomplishments that range from Florida High School Football Championships, to teaching/coaching martial arts, to mentoring the future and present members of the fire service. Chris is the coordinator for the Ocala-Marion Mentorship Program. The program has developed nearly 350 aspiring firefighters and has helped gain employment for many of these candidates. Chris is also passionate about training, leadership, and fitness.
Eric Dreiman - 046

Eric Dreiman - 046

2021-11-1435:07

Chief Eric Dreiman has been a firefighter since 1990. He has served in every rank from firefighter up to division chief. He is currently the Chief of Training at the Indianapolis Fire Department. He serves on several state and local training boards and he is currently the Chairman of the Indiana Board of Firefighting Personnel Standards and Education. Chief Dreiman holds multiple fire and EMS certifications and has a Bachelor’s of Science from Indiana University and a degree in Fire Science from Vincennes University. Eric teaches nationally at FDIC, Firehouse Expo, Firehouse World and other regional fire conferences. He is also a contributor to Fire Engineering magazine. He has taught 1000's of firefighters across the United States and several foreign countries.
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