The Firefighters Podcast

Pete Wakefield

The Firefighters Podcast is a global podcast seeking to develop, inspire, connect, motivate, represent & celebrate the world of our emergency services operators through a series of wide-ranging conversations celebrating those within our emergency services family and encouraging the support of this incredible group of people.

Operational UK firefighter Pete Wakefield speaks with individuals from all walks of life who share a connection with, can add value to, or can develop those who choose this life path.

Our driving purpose is to create a legacy resource for the current and future generations of firefighters & first responders

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The Diabetes Epidemic & How its affecting first responders with Kate Walker
5d ago
The Diabetes Epidemic & How its affecting first responders with Kate Walker
10 June to Sunday 16 June is National Diabetes Week - Type 2 diabetes is a national health emergency in the UK. For every 1,000 employees, 82 have diabetes, 20 of these do not know they have the condition – the majority of people have no symptoms when they are diagnosed. Given how much time we spend at work, workplaces are a significant factor in our personal risk of developing type 2 diabetes and our ability to manage diabetes if we have the condition. diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the working-age population and causes 190 limb amputations a week (outcomes referred to as ‘diabetes complications’). Around 500 people die prematurely each week in the UK from diabetes as the primary cause. This is a growing concern for first responder workers as our life styles, diets, sleep & work conditions can lead us to be more susceptible to this condition.You can learn more from my guest Kate Walker HEREWe only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY, every Debrief & document CLICK HEREPODCAST GIFT - Get your FREE subscription to essential Firefighting publications HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingMSA The Safety CompanyPATROL STORE UKHAIX FootwearROAM all Natural Meat SnacksGRENADERIP INTO Podcast ApparelLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this costPlease support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
#306 TELSTAR HOUSE DEBRIEF - LONDON 2003 with Chris Westfield
Jun 10 2024
#306 TELSTAR HOUSE DEBRIEF - LONDON 2003 with Chris Westfield
Chris Westfield started his Fire service career in 2003 whereby within the same year he was involved in a near death experience operationally at what became known as the TELSTAR HOUSE fire.A 20 Pump High-rise Fire; Telstar House was located on Eastbourne Terrace, Paddington, London. It’s an office building that was constructed during the late 60’s, the building did not have a sprinkler installation and the floors are set up with open space office landscapes. London Fire Brigade mobilized 135 firefighters to this incident.This incident early in his career led Chris down a passionate path studying fire behaviour and firefighting tactics. Chris became an instructor creating courses and delivering for London Fire brigade the fire service college & subsequently in his role still now in the UKFRS.Chris still serves operationally and in training alongside his current role in fire protection whereby he is using his broad exposure and experience to help drive change within the commercial sector while still delivering fire behaviour training to serving firefighters.We only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY, every Debrief & document CLICK HEREPODCAST GIFT - Get your FREE subscription to essential Firefighting publications HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingMSA The Safety CompanyPATROL STORE UKHAIX FootwearROAM all Natural Meat SnacksGRENADERIP INTO Podcast ApparelLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this costLinks for today’s episode references:High Rise Fire-fighting: Telstar House (highrisefirefighting.co.uk)A black day in E3. – A retired London Fireman (home.blog)Disused warehouse fire - Bethnal Green | London Fire Brigade (london-fire.gov.uk)Please support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
#304 Manchester Arena Bombing Debrief & lessons learned with John Fletcher
Jun 3 2024
#304 Manchester Arena Bombing Debrief & lessons learned with John Fletcher
At just after 22:30hrs on Monday 22nd May 2017, a suicide bomber detonated an improvised device at the Manchester Arena in the UK where around 14,000 people, mainly teenagers and family, had travelled from across the UK to attend the concert of Ariana Grande. The bomb killed twenty-two people including many children. Over one hundred were physically injured and many more suffered psychological and emotional trauma. The Manchester Arena attack was the deadliest in the UK since the London bombings on 7th July 2005. Although the Greater Manchester Resilience Forum had done many planning exercises, the events of 22nd May were something none of those involved had ever encountered before. This was a real-world test of the plans and assumptions.My Guest today John Fletcher, with over 28 years experience as a uniformed manager with Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service & was the lead NILO (National Inter-agency Liaison Officers) during the Manchester attack. John takes us through the events of 22nd of may drawing lessons learned as we dip in and out of different reports overlaying his own experiences and recollections of the event.You can download FREE RESOURCES HEREYou can connect with John HEREKerslake Report Manchester Arena Enquiry We only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY, every Debrief & document CLICK HEREPODCAST GIFT - Get your FREE subscription to essential Firefighting publications HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingMSA The Safety CompanyPATROL STORE UKHAIX FootwearROAM all Natural Meat Snacks GRENADERIP INTO Podcast ApparelLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this costPlease support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
#303 Andy Starnes Understanding Thermal Imagery, Your Leadership Style & the key to survive the fire service
May 27 2024
#303 Andy Starnes Understanding Thermal Imagery, Your Leadership Style & the key to survive the fire service
Andy Starnes joined the Fire Service in 1991. Serving 12 years as a firefighter & then Captain on an Engine Company before being assigned to Battalion Chief in a busy Metropolitan area in the United States. He retired in 2023 after 25 years.Andy’s fire behavior and thermal imaging journey began  with the "Kill the Flashover Project" (Applied Science in Fire Behaviour)  which was founded by his father Chief Joe Starnes. Andy serves as an SME for Thermal Imaging, consults manufacturers, and provides training to organizations and fire departments on tactical TIC use in the US and globally having trained individuals in 20 countries through his company Insight Training LLC. Andy developed the world’s first firefighting Thermology curriculum credentialed by Western Kentucky University and peer reviewed by Kentucky Thermal Institute. Andy is a published author & writer most notably for our audience in books such as Euro Firefighter II with Paul Grimwood. His articles can also be found at: Firehouse.com, Fire Engineering, International Fire Safety Journal, Carolina Fire Rescue Journal, and Fellowship of Christian Firefighter's, Andy’s company supports behavioural health initiatives through his program “The Ultimate House Fire-YOURS” by raising funds to support organizations such as Next Rung and Five Alarm Task Force and more. Andy is the founder of "Bringing Back Brotherhood Ministries" with a passion for counselling, encouraging & assisting firefighters with behavioural health. Andy shares some incredible insights into causing a lot of self-reflection during our conversation today. You can find Andy at the following places:LINKEDININSIGHT FIRE TRAININGYOUTUBE TUTORIALSYou can download FREE RESOURCES HEREWe only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY, every Debrief & document CLICK HEREPODCAST GIFT - Get your FREE subscription to essential Firefighting publications HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingMSA The Safety CompanyHAIX FootwearTUFFKINGGRENADERIP INTOLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this costPlease support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
#301 Leadership & The Impact we have on others with Carl Boasman
May 13 2024
#301 Leadership & The Impact we have on others with Carl Boasman
After 31 years’ service, upon retirement from the Fire and Rescue Service in October 2023, Carl started providing organisational and leadership development, coaching and mentoring support. Carl joined North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service as a Firefighter in 1992, in 2020, Carl was appointed as the Assistant Chief Fire Officer and Director of Community Protection for Cleveland Fire Brigade, with strategic level responsibility for operations where he finished his career.Get FREE resources and presentations HEREYou can connect with Carl HEREBooks & references in todays conversation:Leadership on the Line (Heifetz and Linsky) Surrounded by Bad Bosses and Lazy Employees (Thomas Erikson) Why Should Anyone be Led By You? (Rob Goffee, Gareth Jones) Mistakes were made – But not by Me (Carol Tavris, Elliot Aronson) Leaders Eat Last (Simon Sinek) Toxic Positivity (Whitney Goodman) 4000 Weeks (Oliver Burkeham) Surrounded by Narcissists (Thomas Erikson) Show Me the Bodies – Peter Apps We only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY with every episode ever made & also get access to every Debrief & Subject Matter expert document shard with us then join our PATREON crew and support the future of the podcast by clicking HEREPODCAST GIFT - Get your FREE subscription to essential Firefighting publications HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingMSA The Safety CompanyHAIX FootwearTUFFKINGGRENADERIP INTOLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this costPlease support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
#300 How to get the best people in the right roles in the fire service with Occupational Psychologist Hannah Valance
May 9 2024
#300 How to get the best people in the right roles in the fire service with Occupational Psychologist Hannah Valance
Many of us will have sat through an interview, promotion board or similar and thought "who put this together". Despite best intentions some of them are a shambles with very little consistency and not driven by data or experience. It might be the first time that person has ever interviewed anyone and has had 30 minutes of training on how to mark the "tick sheet".These things are also resource heavy, time consuming and expensive and getting this wrong causes disengagement, damage to moral, grievances and at worst great people not joining or progressing in the sector. So how to get the best people in the right roles in the fire service. Occupational Psychologist Hannah Valance gives us insight, clarity and data from her long career of study and real world application of these skills.You can reach Hannah HEREor find out more about her company and the work they do HEREWe only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY with every episode ever made & also get access to every Debrief & Subject Matter expert document shard with us then join our PATREON crew and support the future of the podcast by clicking HEREPODCAST GIFT - Get your FREE subscription to essential Firefighting publications HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingMSA The Safety CompanyHAIX FootwearTUFFKINGGRENADERIP INTOLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this cost lives, worsens our long term health and reduces cognitive ability.Please support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
#299 The Poet Firefighter with Gerard Devine
May 6 2024
#299 The Poet Firefighter with Gerard Devine
Gerard Devine is an award-winning Irish poet who lives a life less ordinary.The former carpenter is a full-time firefighter in Dublin City.Prior to joining the fire brigade, Gerard spent many years working on the building sites of Dublin, Boston and San Francisco. He still plies his building skills by volunteering to work in third-world countries such as Africa. An animal and nature lover Gerard recently moved up into the inspiring Wicklow mountains where he lives in harmony with nature with wife Stephanie and their rescue dog Saoirse.While his favourite poet is the wonderful WB Yeats much of Gerard’s poetry is inspired by Irish ballads and singers like Shane McGowan and Christy Moore.Gerard’s poetry is now being studied there which is a great honour to the Dublin native.You can find Gerard at his:WebsiteInstagramWe only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY with every episode ever made & also get access to every Debrief & Subject Matter expert document shard with us then join our PATREON crew and support the future of the podcast by clicking HEREPODCAST GIFT - Get your FREE subscription to essential Firefighting publications HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingMSA The Safety CompanyHAIX FootwearTUFFKINGGRENADERIP INTOLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this cost lives, worsens our long term health and reduces cognitive ability.Please support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
The Secret to Functional First Responder Fitness with TRX
May 1 2024
The Secret to Functional First Responder Fitness with TRX
Fire station gyms are typically small and with limited kit and space you want to maximise your time, resource, budget & equipment choice, this is where TRX come in. The smartest gym is the one you already own — your body. TRX powers it by making everything else around it as challenging as you need it. Things like balance, power, stability, functionality & time under tension — everything a first responder needs to do get strong, get fast, move better than ever before not just ow but for your whole career and beyond.today im speaking with Jack Daly - CEO, Nathan D' Rozario - International Education & Training Manager & Marvin Burton - Sales & Customer Experience EMEAFind out more about TRX HEREContact Nathan for info on UK products and purchases at ndrozario@trxtraining.com We only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY with every episode ever made & also get access to every Debrief & Subject Matter expert document shard with us then join our PATREON crew and support the future of the podcast by clicking HEREPODCAST GIFT - Get your FREE subscription to essential Firefighting publications HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingMSA The Safety CompanyHAIX FootwearTUFFKINGGRENADERIP INTOLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this cost lives, worsens our long term health and reduces cognitive ability.Please support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
#298 Becoming a Firefighter Challenge Gold Medallist & Growing Self Confidence with Helena Brown
Apr 29 2024
#298 Becoming a Firefighter Challenge Gold Medallist & Growing Self Confidence with Helena Brown
Helena Brown is a UK Firefighter who in 2023 burst on the scene of the firefighter challenge community winning the British firefighter challenge. She then joined in in Saudi Arabia winning more medals at the toughest firefighter alive in 2024. She will be returning to the Firefighter challenge circuit this year and today she shares her experience of joining the fire service and growing herself confidence and self belief whist putting herself around other high performers to help her grow and develop personally and professionally. Helena is an inspiring example of our great firefighters in the UK fire service and you can connect with her HERE. She will also be in attendance with myself at Women In Fire annual development event as well as The British Firefighter Challenge in July of 2024.Find out more about the firefighter challenge community in the UK atThe Welsh Firefighter ChallengeThe British Firefighter ChallengeThe Cheshire Firefighter ChallengeWe only feature the latest 200 episodes of the podcast on public platforms so to access our podcast LIBRARY with every episode ever made & also get access to every Debrief & Subject Matter expert document shard with us then join our PATREON crew and support the future of the podcast by clicking HEREPODCAST GIFT - Get your FREE subscription to essential Firefighting publications HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingMSA The Safety CompanyHAIX FootwearTUFFKINGGRENADERIP INTOLyfe Linez -  Get Functional Hydration FUEL for FIREFIGHTERS, Clean no sugar  for daily hydration. 80% of people live dehydrated and  for firefighters this cost lives, worsens our long term health and reduces cognitive ability.Please support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew