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 read less

#199 The Solution to On Call Recruitment & Retention with Steve Sadler
2d ago
#199 The Solution to On Call Recruitment & Retention with Steve Sadler
Steven Sadler is the UK's leading On-call expert. Steve has served in four Fire and Rescue Services (FRS) throughout England: Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, Staffordshire and Shropshire. He has used his research expertise working as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Keele University, alongside this fire service experience to develop research and data solutions and innovations intended to help FRSs improve the availability of On-call fire engines in England.As a professional researcher he has supported numerous fire and rescue services, including: Having developed the country's only research-led model of good practice for the availability of On-call fire engines at Keele University in collaboration with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service Supported production of FRSs HMICFRS Action PlansSupported the Irish Fire and Rescue Service's Retained Duty System ReviewHas recently been shortlisted for EFE Innovation of the Year for his work with Shropshire FRS sustaining their On-call success which was the most comprehensive on-call research project ever undertaken in EnglandFind out more about Steve & Re-enkindle HEREPlease support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon CrewA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.GORE-TEX Professional ClothingHAIX FootwearFitness For the Frontline is coaching designed specifically to reflect the physical elements of the role of a Firefighter for those applying for, currently serving in or retired from the fire service.Designed by Firefighters for FirefightersJoin our Facebook group HERETry the program for FREE HERE Support the ongoing work of the podcast by clicking HEREPlease subscribe to the podcast on YoutubeEnter our monthly giveaways on the following platformsFacebookInstagramGet notified of each Podcast episode as soon as they come out by clicking HEREPlease support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
#191 Marathon Des Sables, Mental health & PTSD with James Bull
Dec 25 2022
#191 Marathon Des Sables, Mental health & PTSD with James Bull
From a background in high level rugby James Bull turned to  fighting fires and saving lives where over time he feels like he has lost himself as his previously confident, happy self as his mental health deteriorated in part due to the people around him and working conditions.As a Station Commander James says he knows that if he wants to raise awareness about the mental health challenges that come from working in the fire service, he has to be able to talk about his own experiences. But this, he says, is not something that comes naturally to him.  One of James's methods for managing his mental health is his passion for long distance running with one of his most recent and biggest challenges in an altogether different inferno; running 250km in six days through the searing heat of the Sahara desert, to confront a 20 year battle with PTSD.Things mentioned in the podcast can be found with the links below:James supporting The Firefighters CharityDocumentary created alongside James's Marathon Des SablesLocate nearby help with HUB OF HOPEListen to every episode & Debrief ever made, get full access to discounts, insider info & support the ongoing work of the podcast by clicking HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.William Wood WatchesHAIX FootwearPlease subscribe to the podcast on YoutubeEnter our monthly giveaways on the following platformsFacebookInstagramFitness For the Frontline is coaching designed specifically to reflect the physical elements of the role of a Firefighter for those applying for, currently serving in or retired from the fire service.Designed by Firefighters for FirefightersJoin our Facebook group HERETry the program for FREE HERE Get notified of each Podcast episode as soon as they come out by clicking HEREPlease support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
#188 Building community trust based on data & social Science with Dr Christian Morgner
Dec 11 2022
#188 Building community trust based on data & social Science with Dr Christian Morgner
Dr Christian Morgner is a Senior Lecturer in Cultural and Creative Industries at the University of Sheffield.He was the lead on a study Understanding ethnicity and residential fires from the perspective of cultural values and practices. The Grenfell Tower and Lakanal House fires in London in 2017 and 2009 highlighted how these devasting events mainly affected people from ethnic minorities. While many studies have explored the role of socio-demographic variables in residential fires, ethnicity or race have received only marginal research attention. To redress this imbalance, this paper specifically addresses rate and severity of residential fires in relation to ethnicity. To that end, the study conceptualises ethnicity in a novel way—not as an individual variable but from a community perspective, focusing on cultural norms and practices and how these relate to residential fire incidents.Learn more about this study by clicking HEREListen to every episode & Debrief ever made, get full access to discounts, insider info & support the ongoing work of the podcast by clicking HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.William Wood WatchesHAIX FootwearPlease subscribe to the podcast on YoutubeEnter our monthly giveaways on the following platformsFacebookInstagramFitness For the Frontline is coaching designed specifically to reflect the physical elements of the role of a Firefighter for those applying for, currently serving in or retired from the fire service.Designed by Firefighters for FirefightersJoin our Facebook group HERETry the program for FREE HERE Get notified of each Podcast episode as soon as they come out by clicking HEREPlease support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
#186 Fire Magazine 2022 round up & Look ahead to the Excellence in Fire & Emergency Awards with Andrew Lynch
Dec 2 2022
#186 Fire Magazine 2022 round up & Look ahead to the Excellence in Fire & Emergency Awards with Andrew Lynch
Andrew Ledgerton-Lynch is the Managing Editor for FIRE MAGAZINE Every year FIRE magazine publisher, Fire Knowledge host the Excellence in Fire & Emergency Awards 2022. his year it will be held in London on December 9th.In todays episode we speak about:Nominees for the awardsInnovation in the sector during 2023Decontamination and how far we have comePay disputesStrike actionCulturals reviews and what it means for UKFRSProfessional development & "Practice to Progress"and a whole host of other things.....Its always great to recognise fire and emergency services workers and the awards offers chief officers and their teams the opportunity to unite with suppliers, organisations and industry supporters to recognise and applaud such achievements.  Listen to every episode & Debrief ever made, get full access to discounts, insider info & support the ongoing work of the podcast by clicking HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.William Wood WatchesHAIX FootwearPlease subscribe to the podcast on YoutubeEnter our monthly giveaways on the following platformsFacebookInstagramFitness For the Frontline is coaching designed specifically to reflect the physical elements of the role of a Firefighter for those applying for, currently serving in or retired from the fire service.Designed by Firefighters for FirefightersJoin our Facebook group HERETry the program for FREE HERE Get notified of each Podcast episode as soon as they come out by clicking HEREPlease support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
#184 Is LFB Institutionally misogynist and racist - The London Fire Brigade Independent Cultural Review
Nov 30 2022
#184 Is LFB Institutionally misogynist and racist - The London Fire Brigade Independent Cultural Review
An Independent Culture Review with a comprehensive examination of culture at London Fire Brigade was a recommendation of the internal investigation into the death of a firefighter on development, Jaden Matthew Francois-Esprit, who tragically took his own life in August 2020. Before Jaden’s death LFB say they knew there were longstanding issues with poor culture and behaviour at the Brigade and had made many attempts to address these issues, but without success. chaired by Nazir Afzal OBE & done over a period of twelve months, he and his team heard from more than 2,000 current and former members of LFB staff and community groups who shared their experiences of the Brigade. At the end of this period Nazir and his team wrote a report explaining their findings, which you can find HERE. Listen to every episode & Debrief ever made, get full access to discounts, insider info & support the ongoing work of the podcast by clicking HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.William Wood WatchesHAIX FootwearPlease subscribe to the podcast on YoutubeEnter our monthly giveaways on the following platformsFacebookInstagramFitness For the Frontline is coaching designed specifically to reflect the physical elements of the role of a Firefighter for those applying for, currently serving in or retired from the fire service.Designed by Firefighters for FirefightersJoin our Facebook group HERETry the program for FREE HERE Get notified of each Podcast episode as soon as they come out by clicking HEREPlease support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew
What to measure & where to focus with Mark Pearce Fitness for the Frontline
Nov 22 2022
What to measure & where to focus with Mark Pearce Fitness for the Frontline
Touching base again with Mark as we talk marathon running, Arnold classic, how we view fitness differently & finally what we should measure & value when it comes to "being a fit career firefighter"Mark is a career firefighter, physical trainer and health and fitness advisor for his service in helping firefighters enjoy long career in their peak physical health.Mark also runs Fitness For the Frontline which is an online coaching platform designed specifically to reflect the physical elements of the role of a Firefighter.  Whether it’s carrying an LPP across an overgrown field, lifting a ladder above your head to underrun it or wrestling with cutting gear for 30 mins in a complicated RTC, our bodies are required to lift, push, carry objects in very specific circumstances and that is what the FFF programme focuses on.Listen to every episode & Debrief ever made, get full access to discounts, insider info & support the ongoing work of the podcast by clicking HEREA big thanks to our partners for supporting this episode.William Wood WatchesHAIX FootwearRosenbauerDuty Crew CoffeePlease subscribe to the podcast on YoutubeEnter our monthly giveaways on the following platformsFacebookInstagramFitness For the Frontline is coaching designed specifically to reflect the physical elements of the role of a Firefighter for those applying for, currently serving in or retired from the fire service.Designed by Firefighters for FirefightersJoin our Facebook group HERETry the program for FREE HERE Get notified of each Podcast episode as soon as they come out by clicking HEREPlease support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon CrewPlease support the podcast and its future by clicking HERE and joining our Patreon Crew