All Clear - A Firefighter Health & Wellness Podcast

Travis McGaha

All Clear is a podcast that looks at the perils of modern firefighters, especially the physical and mental strains we face.  Our goal is to help firefighters ignite The Fire Within and to build the best version of themselves as firefighters.  Our conversations are real, sometimes raw but always honest.  All Clear is presented by the NC Firefighter Cancer Alliance & First Responders Peer-Support Network.

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Firefighters Lifeline: The Crucial Tech Keeping You Safe!
4d ago
Firefighters Lifeline: The Crucial Tech Keeping You Safe!
What happens when first responders enter a building and their radios go silent? Discover the life-saving technology of Bi-Directional Amplifier (BDA) systems with our expert guest, Peter Wehretter, VP of Gamma Electronics. Peter walks us through the vital role these systems play in maintaining clear communication for first responders amidst the barriers of steel, concrete, and low E glass. Understand how BDAs amplify and distribute signals, ensuring that emergency personnel can coordinate effectively during critical situations.Learn to spot the crucial signs of BDA systems in buildings, from the big red boxes with antennas to the smaller panels near fire alarm systems. We highlight the importance of asking the right questions about radio repeater systems during building assessments, especially for newer constructions. Peter also delves into how jurisdictions like Concord make it easy by labeling rooms containing BDAs, emphasizing the need for thorough pre-planning to ensure reliable communication in emergencies.Finally, we tackle the challenges faced by firefighters in older buildings that lack modern BDA systems and the strategies they use to overcome these obstacles. Peter underscores the necessity of annual monitoring and testing to maintain compliance and functionality. This episode is a must-listen for building owners, authorities, and first responders who bear the responsibility of maintaining these life-saving systems. Don't miss out on this crucial conversation that could make all the difference in an emergency.Your one stop shop for graphic design, screen printing, embroidery and more.  Proud sponsor of the All Clear Podcast.Use the code All Clear to get 10% off your first order.studioprintshop.comSupport the Show.Thanks for listening to All Clear!You can contact us with questions, suggestions or just to say hi at our website allclearpodcast.comAlso Visit Our Sponsors - Studio Print Shop atstudioprintshop.com
Voices of Vigilance: Unveiling the World of 911 Emergency Communicators with Barry Furey
May 31 2024
Voices of Vigilance: Unveiling the World of 911 Emergency Communicators with Barry Furey
Have you ever wondered who's on the other end of the line when you dial 911? Meet Barry Furey, a third-generation public safety official and 911 specialist, who brings us into the vital world of emergency communication. He pulls back the curtain on the intense training and evolution of telecommunicator roles, highlighting their critical function as the first point of contact during crises. Barry's personal journey and the transformation from 'plug and pray' to sophisticated emergency responses provide a riveting narrative on the importance of these unsung heroes.The stakes are high in the realm of emergency services, and this conversation with Barry Furey reveals the adaptability and reassessment required when the unpredictable strikes. From the stress of handling disasters to the impact of workforce shortages, we evaluate the challenges and solutions on the frontline of communication. The dialogue emphasizes the necessity of mental health support for our telecommunicators and offers firefighters practical advice to fortify their connection with dispatchers, culminating in the understanding that resolving post-incident issues can forge a stronger bond between first responders and the voices that guide them through the chaos.Your one stop shop for graphic design, screen printing, embroidery and more.  Proud sponsor of the All Clear Podcast.Use the code All Clear to get 10% off your first order.studioprintshop.comSupport the Show.Thanks for listening to All Clear!You can contact us with questions, suggestions or just to say hi at our website allclearpodcast.comAlso Visit Our Sponsors - Studio Print Shop atstudioprintshop.com
Chief to Chef: The Heart Of Firehouse Cooking
May 17 2024
Chief to Chef: The Heart Of Firehouse Cooking
Fires blaze and pans sizzle in equal measure when Ryan McKay, a battalion chief turned culinary maestro, shares his transition from kitchen rookie to firehouse feast-maker on All Clear Firefighter Health and Wellness. Our lively discussion not only stokes the fire of gastronomy but also highlights how cooking can be a tool for unwinding and reinforcing the bonds that make a firefighting team more like family. Ryan's tales from the kitchen, brimming with heart and humor, underscore the joy and challenges of feeding a diverse crew with varying tastes and dietary restrictions, all while keeping the flames of tradition and unity burning bright.As we slice through the smoke, we uncover the meat of the matter: fostering healthful eating habits in an environment where temptation often lurks in comfort food form. Ryan and I exchange stories of personal health journeys and share strategies for making better choices, like embracing the vibrancy of shepherd's pie with a turkey and sweet potato twist. The conversation simmers with practical advice on how to incorporate an array of nutritious cuisines and reflects on the evolving demographics and palates within firehouse walls.Finally, we serve up a dish of culinary wisdom, seasoning the episode with tips that transcend the firehouse kitchen. Discover the balance of the 80-20 rule applied to nourishment and life's indulgences, and grasp how to wield a knife with finesse or savor the perfect steak seared to succulence. Whether it's debating the merits of the classic smash burger or confessing to a grilled cheeseburger craving, our chat is a recipe for inspiration, satiating the hunger for knowledge and the joy of a well-earned treat.Your one stop shop for graphic design, screen printing, embroidery and more.  Proud sponsor of the All Clear Podcast.Use the code All Clear to get 10% off your first order.studioprintshop.comSupport the Show.Thanks for listening to All Clear!You can contact us with questions, suggestions or just to say hi at our website allclearpodcast.comAlso Visit Our Sponsors - Studio Print Shop atstudioprintshop.com
Saving Lives & Saving Time - Time Management for The Fire Service With Carl Pullein
May 3 2024
Saving Lives & Saving Time - Time Management for The Fire Service With Carl Pullein
Unlock the secrets to a decluttered mind and soar in efficiency with the insights from productivity master Carl Pullein. In a world of ceaseless demands, Carl's journey from a diverse career to time management mastery offers a treasure trove of strategies for navigating professional and personal complexities. We embrace a philosophy where identifying daily non-negotiables and embracing strategic time blocks isn't just smart—it's essential. With Carl, we learn how to combat email overload, adopt a practice of 'email bankruptcy', and keep our heads clear to ensure we're operating at peak productivity, no matter what life throws our way.Have you ever wondered how firefighters remain poised in the chaos of an emergency? They, like many professionals, wield time management as a lifesaving skill. This conversation ventures through the landscape of different occupations, from those defined by alarms to careers commanding meticulous routines, like pilots with their pre-flight checklists. We share stories and tips on how small daily efforts can stave off backlogs and why a flexible yet disciplined approach to time blocking can be your ally in the relentless quest for productivity.But it's not all about to-do lists and schedules; it's about growth and achieving a harmonious life balance. We delve into the power of journaling, goal setting, and recognizing the eight life areas that shape our existence. By sharing personal anecdotes and embracing mentorship, we discover the slow productivity path to success, finding that preparation and digital minimalism pave the way for a more fulfilling life. So join us, with Carl Pullein by our side, as we transform our understanding of time management—for a life that's as efficient as it is enriching.Your one stop shop for graphic design, screen printing, embroidery and more.  Proud sponsor of the All Clear Podcast.Use the code All Clear to get 10% off your first order.studioprintshop.comSupport the Show.Thanks for listening to All Clear!You can contact us with questions, suggestions or just to say hi at our website allclearpodcast.comAlso Visit Our Sponsors - Studio Print Shop atstudioprintshop.com
Pop-Tarts & Chocolate Milk With Dr. Jill Joyce
Apr 19 2024
Pop-Tarts & Chocolate Milk With Dr. Jill Joyce
Discover the secrets to a healthier, more resilient body as Dr. Jill Joyce joins us to unravel the unique nutritional challenges faced by firefighters. With her expertise as a nutrition professor and her personal connection to the tactical community, Dr. Joyce offers an in-depth look at the "healthy worker effect" and its potential to mask serious health conditions. By promoting gradual habit changes over restrictive diets, Dr. Joyce advocates for sustainable approaches like the Mediterranean and DASH diets, tailored to combat prevalent health concerns amongst our firefighting heroes.Navigating the often overwhelming world of health and nutrition, this episode provides a lifeline for first responders grappling with daunting health results. Dr. Joyce underscores the importance of seeking personalized support from registered dietitians, potentially covered by insurance, to manage the stress accompanying these challenges. Delving into the crucial link between diet and mental health, we discuss dietary strategies that hold the power not just to nourish the body, but also to fortify the mind against the rigors of first responder duties.Concluding with actionable advice for our everyday heroes, we explore how simple nutritional tweaks can significantly enhance on-duty performance and recovery. From discussing the unexpected benefits of common supplements to sharing tips on healthier eating habits during shifts, Dr. Joyce arms firefighters with knowledge to stave off dietary deficiencies and optimize overall well-being. Tune in for a transformative journey of health empowerment, accompanied by the inspiring sounds of Wayne John Bradley, and take the first step towards igniting the fire within for a stronger, healthier life on the front lines.Your one stop shop for graphic design, screen printing, embroidery and more.  Proud sponsor of the All Clear Podcast.Use the code All Clear to get 10% off your first order.studioprintshop.comSupport the Show.Thanks for listening to All Clear!You can contact us with questions, suggestions or just to say hi at our website allclearpodcast.comAlso Visit Our Sponsors - Studio Print Shop atstudioprintshop.com
Igniting Personal Growth: Training, Leadership, and Mental Strength in the Fire Service with Craig Stalowy
Apr 5 2024
Igniting Personal Growth: Training, Leadership, and Mental Strength in the Fire Service with Craig Stalowy
Unlock the door to personal growth within the fire service as we sit down with the The Standard podcast's Craig Stalowy. With a wealth of 20 years on the frontline, Craig ignites a conversation on the crucial need for continuous training and education, particularly within volunteer departments. He brings to light the various landscapes of learning, from the digital realm to the visceral experience of drills in full gear. This episode is your guide to mastering the skills that ensure readiness for any call, offering Craig's seasoned advice on adapting training methods to individual needs and preferences.Discover how military strategies can shape fire service leadership and how mentorship, literature, and conferences can carve the path for aspiring leaders. We also tackle the silent battle of mental fitness, proposing a proactive stance towards psychological well-being. By exploring polyvagal theory, peer support, and educational opportunities, we underscore the essential shift from reactive measures to a proactive cultivation of mental strength and safety within the fire service community. Join us for this enlightening journey and equip yourself with the tools to thrive amidst the flames.Your one stop shop for graphic design, screen printing, embroidery and more.  Proud sponsor of the All Clear Podcast.Use the code All Clear to get 10% off your first order.studioprintshop.comSupport the Show.Thanks for listening to All Clear!You can contact us with questions, suggestions or just to say hi at our website allclearpodcast.comAlso Visit Our Sponsors - Studio Print Shop atstudioprintshop.com
Success Beyond The Firehouse with Clive Savacool
Mar 22 2024
Success Beyond The Firehouse with Clive Savacool
Embark on a journey through the fluid world of firehouse leadership with Clive Savacool as we dissect the art of guiding a multi-generational team. Clive's decades of firefighting wisdom are matched only by his entrepreneurial savvy, offering a rare glimpse into adapting leadership styles to the ever-changing needs of both veterans and rookies. Tune in for a masterclass on communication and mentorship, where the resonance of example-setting leadership is brought to the forefront, capturing the essence of service that transcends age and experience.As we navigate the intersection of emergency services and the digital landscape, we unravel the complexities of managing a fire department with the acumen of a seasoned CEO. The conversation is a deep exploration of the pivotal role that social media now plays in our lives, akin to the revolutionary impact of email, and its influence on the transparency and reach of today's fire services. This episode illuminates the delicate balance between command authority during crises and the cultivation of a feedback-rich environment during the calm, fostering a culture where every firefighter's perspective fuels innovation and growth.Closing out the episode, we tackle the often overlooked, yet critical transition to retirement, viewing failure as a profound teacher and embracing the quest for life's next purpose. Clive's insights into effective leadership beyond the constraints of bureaucracy resonate with an inspiring call to action, igniting an internal passion that drives success both within and beyond the firehouse walls. As we share this candid conversation, we hope to light a fire in the hearts of first responders and leaders, encouraging a legacy of excellence and a life of fulfillment.Your one stop shop for graphic design, screen printing, embroidery and more.  Proud sponsor of the All Clear Podcast.Use the code All Clear to get 10% off your first order.studioprintshop.comSupport the Show.Thanks for listening to All Clear!You can contact us with questions, suggestions or just to say hi at our website allclearpodcast.comAlso Visit Our Sponsors - Studio Print Shop atstudioprintshop.com
Firefighter's Intuition - Intuative Eating For First Responders with Jeff Ash
Mar 8 2024
Firefighter's Intuition - Intuative Eating For First Responders with Jeff Ash
Embarking on a weight loss journey can often feel like a battle against your own body, but what if the secret to success was learning to work with it instead of against it? Jeff Ash from the non-diet companion joins us to unravel the mysteries of intuitive eating, a philosophy that respects the body's natural hunger signals and eschews restrictive diets. As someone who's navigated the choppy waters of fitness myself, I've discovered the profound impact that this holistic approach can have on sustainable health and wellness. We dissect the self-care framework that intuitive eating embodies, integrating instinct, emotion, and rational thought to meet the diverse energy demands of our lives, whether you're tackling fires or coding software.We then shine a spotlight on the oft-ignored topic of intuitive eating for men, especially those in high-stress roles like firefighting. Jeff and I delve into the importance of gentle nutrition and emotional neutrality towards food, which paves the way for mindful eating choices, addressing issues from digestive health to dairy intolerance without falling into the traps of rigid dieting. We acknowledge the silent struggle many men face with eating disorders and highlight the critical need for resources catering specifically to them. Whether you're a first responder or a desk jockey, this episode offers a candid look at the mental and spiritual aspects of forming a truce with food, supported by insights into the benefits of journaling, which Jeff's app facilitates, as we chase a fitter, healthier self.Your one stop shop for graphic design, screen printing, embroidery and more.  Proud sponsor of the All Clear Podcast.Use the code All Clear to get 10% off your first order.studioprintshop.comSupport the Show.Thanks for listening to All Clear!You can contact us with questions, suggestions or just to say hi at our website allclearpodcast.comAlso Visit Our Sponsors - Studio Print Shop atstudioprintshop.com
In The Footsteps Of Easy Company - Leadership Lessons Learned with Ray Allen
Feb 23 2024
In The Footsteps Of Easy Company - Leadership Lessons Learned with Ray Allen
Unlock the secrets of robust leadership with retired fire chief Ray Allen, whose nearly three decades atf the City of Concord Fire Department have bestowed him with unparalleled wisdom on the subject. Ray brings to the table a 'lead from the tip of the spear' philosophy, channeling the spirit of Band of Brothers' Major Dick Winters. We take a deep look into how leadership can't be squeezed into a one-size-fits-all model, delving into the necessity of personal adaptation to truly inspire and direct a team. Ray's journey from the past to the present connects us with the essential pillars of leadership that withstand the test of time and evolving fire service dynamics.The episode doesn't shy away from the tough transformations that come with leadership overhauls, as evidenced by the Concord Fire Department's own evolution from Chief Lippard to Chief Holloway's servant leadership style. Reflecting on my own experiences, we unpack the impact of such shifts on both seasoned members and fresh faces. Our discussion navigates through initiatives like cancer prevention and mental health awareness, painting a picture of the fire service's enduring adaptability and the importance of team well-being in fostering a truly service-oriented culture.With an eye on bridging the generational divides, Ray and I dissect the varying resiliences across different age groups, particularly salient in the inherently stressful world of firefighting. We embrace the commonality of traits such as trust, competence, and the power of leading by example – qualities that resonate with every badge and helmet. By championing direct communication and mutual respect, and drawing inspiration from, "Band Of Brothers" we spotlight the perennial leadership principles that hold strong, regardless of the shifting sands of time. Join us as we ignite the flame of passion and dedication in our listeners, and head over to allclearpodcast.com for an even broader scope of insights.Your one stop shop for graphic design, screen printing, embroidery and more.  Proud sponsor of the All Clear Podcast.Use the code All Clear to get 10% off your first order.studioprintshop.comSupport the Show.Thanks for listening to All Clear!You can contact us with questions, suggestions or just to say hi at our website allclearpodcast.comAlso Visit Our Sponsors - Studio Print Shop atstudioprintshop.com
Choosing The Right Path: Questions To Ask About Inpatient Programs with Guest Alex Menas
Feb 8 2024
Choosing The Right Path: Questions To Ask About Inpatient Programs with Guest Alex Menas
When first responders seek healing from the trauma and stress of their critical roles, finding the right support system is paramount. This is why we invited Alex Menas of FHE Health and the Shatterproof Program to share invaluable insights on the specialized care necessary for these heroes. With a focus on therapies like EMDR, CBT, and DBT, Alex discusses the unique needs of first responders, the incredible bonds formed in group therapy, and how a specialized staff, including former first responders, can make all the difference in recovery. The conversation also sheds light on the essential role of family involvement and the creation of a robust aftercare plan, laying the groundwork for lasting healing.Navigating the often-turbulent waters of mental health support and aftercare can be daunting for first responders, but the right guidance can chart a course to safer shores. The episode takes you through the meticulous intake process at FHE Health, from verifying insurance to clinical assessments and the arrangement of travel for care. Aftercare plans aren't simply a post-treatment thought—they're a lifeline to maintaining recovery, encompassing everything from AA meetings to faith communities and intensive outpatient programs. This discussion is a testament to the unwavering commitment needed and the peer support that ensures these brave individuals never walk their recovery path alone.Confronting the stigma and obstacles first responders face in seeking mental health assistance is not a battle to be undertaken lightly. The episode emphasizes the importance of resilience and preventative maintenance in mental health, drawing parallels with the routine care professional athletes invest in their physical well-being. Success stories serve as beacons of hope, illustrating the profound positive impact that seeking and receiving the right help can have. From transformative programs to the ripple effects of healing, our conversation with Alex Menas is a clarion call for the valiant men and women serving on the front lines to prioritize their mental health with the same fervor they bring to saving lives.About Alex:Alex Menas is FHE Health’s National Outreach Liaison for the mid-Atlantic region, comprising Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. Alex helps individuals and families find affordable treatment solutions for addiction and mental health needs. He also serves as a treatment resource and consultant for various entities and organizations from the public and private sectors, such as first responders, the military, and healthcare providers.Mr. Menas was inspired to do this work after growing up in a small town in West Virginia, where he lost many friends, neighbors, and acquaintances to the opioid epidemic. He is a commissioned officer in the U.S. Air Force, a graduate of Virginia Military Institute, and lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife and three kids.About FHE & Shatterproof:https://fherehab.com/services/first-responders/Your one stop shop for graphic design, screen printing, embroidery and more.  Proud sponsor of the All Clear Podcast.Use the code All Clear to get 10% off your first order.studioprintshop.comSupport the Show.Thanks for listening to All Clear!You can contact us with questions, suggestions or just to say hi at our website allclearpodcast.comAlso Visit Our Sponsors - Studio Print Shop atstudioprintshop.com
Eat, Sleep, and Serve How To Balance Shift Work with Roger Sutherland
Jan 21 2024
Eat, Sleep, and Serve How To Balance Shift Work with Roger Sutherland
Unlock the secrets to thriving on shift work with Roger Sutherland, the seasoned law enforcement veteran turned nutritionist from A Healthy Shift. He joins me to shed light on the unique health challenges faced by first responders and offers evidence-based strategies to navigate them. Roger's transition from the demands of the first responder life to the discipline of nutrition science equips him with both the firsthand experience and the professional acumen to guide shift workers through the complexities of managing wellness around the clock.Our conversation takes a deep dive into the significance of listening to our bodies, understanding the natural ebb and flow of hunger, and the role of chrono nutrition in synchronizing meal times with our internal clocks. The nuanced discussion around intuitive eating provides listeners with the tools to escape the dieting merry-go-round and adopt sustainable, healthful eating habits. Roger and I tackle the often-neglected topic of late-night cravings and the importance of fasting overnight, offering practical tips that promise to realign your body's rhythm no matter your work hours.Caffeine and light – they're not just parts of our daily routine, they're pivotal players in the quality of our sleep and mental health, especially for those in the line of duty during unconventional hours. Roger shares an eye-opening account of a firefighter's struggle with energy drinks, leading us to scrutinize our own caffeine consumption and its far-reaching effects on rest. We wrap up with actionable advice on optimizing exposure to natural light to master our circadian rhythms, ensuring first responders, and shift workers alike, can safeguard their mental well-being amidst the chaos of non-traditional work schedules. Join us for this insightful episode as we equip you with the knowledge to take control of your health against the clock.BIO: Roger Sutherland veteran 24/7 shift worker working in front line law enforcement in Australia.  Certified Nutritionist and One 2 One shift work coach.    Body Image and Disordered eating certified and well read in women’s health.   Currently studying Chrononutrition and Chronobiology to best assist shift workers with evidence based strategies around their 24/7 shift working lifestyle.Roger coaches shift workers One 2 One to Thrive, not just Survive while coping with the rigors of 24/7 shift work.I currently have One2One coaching positions open for 2024 but they don't last long.Website: ahealthyshift.comInstagram: @a_healthy_shiftFacebook: AHealthyShiftLinkedIn: Roger SutherlandDownload my Free “The Circadian Fast” e-bookLearn what to eat and when while navigating the night shiftYour one stop shop for graphic design, screen printing, embroidery and more.  Proud sponsor of the All Clear Podcast.Use the code All Clear to get 10% off your first order.studioprintshop.comSupport the Show.Thanks for listening to All Clear!You can contact us with questions, suggestions or just to say hi at our website allclearpodcast.comAlso Visit Our Sponsors - Studio Print Shop atstudioprintshop.com
The Power of Restorative Rest for First Responders with Roger Sutherland
Jan 21 2024
The Power of Restorative Rest for First Responders with Roger Sutherland
Discover how to transform the health and productivity of our fire service heroes with expert insights from Roger Sutherland. Our latest  Bonus All Clear Podcast episode looks into the complexities of shift work in the fire service, unraveling the intricacies of shift patterns and their profound impact on our first responders' wellbeing. Roger brings to light the urgent necessity for education, forward rotation schedules, and the strategic use of planned naps. This enlightening conversation reveals how such changes can enhance resilience among firefighters, leading to reduced absenteeism and heightened efficiency in their critical roles.As we navigate the challenges faced by those who protect us, leadership emerges as a pivotal force in cultivating a robust workforce. Our discussion underscores the transformative power of health and wellbeing workshops, offering a beacon of hope for departments seeking to bolster morale and safeguard their team's health. The episode also shines a spotlight on the groundbreaking research in circadian rhythms and chronobiology, equipping individuals and fire service departments with knowledge to effectively manage the rigors of their demanding profession. Tune in and arm yourself with the strategies that promise to elevate our first responders from surviving to thriving.On Friday enjoy a full episode with Roger Sutherland as he digs deeper into Chronobiology and its impacts on our careers.Support the Show.Thanks for listening to All Clear!You can contact us with questions, suggestions or just to say hi at our website allclearpodcast.comAlso Visit Our Sponsors - Studio Print Shop atstudioprintshop.com
More Old Timey EMS with guest Ed McGaha
Jan 13 2024
More Old Timey EMS with guest Ed McGaha
Have you ever wondered how the unsung heroes of emergency medical services adapt and evolve to save lives? Ed McGaha, a seasoned veteran of the EMS world, joins us to share a dual narrative that bridges the gap between past and present. He takes us on a journey that showcases the stark contrasts between the EMS he knew as a provider and the one he experiences now as a patient. Through his eyes, we see the trajectory of patient care, marked by leaps in training, equipment, and technology that have reshaped the landscape of emergency response. His stories serve not just as a testament to progress but as a heartfelt reminder of how these advances directly improve patient outcomes.But it's not just the tech and tools that define EMS; it's also the fortitude and fellowship of those answering the call. Our conversation extends to the raw, often unspoken psychological toll taken on first responders. The episode peels back the veil on the deep bond between partners, the discipline honed from enduring back-to-back crisis calls, and the use of dark humor as a way to preserve sanity in the face of relentless trauma. While the narrative may be grim at times, it's punctuated with an undeniable spirit of camaraderie and an unwavering commitment to service.Support the Show.Thanks for listening to All Clear!You can contact us with questions, suggestions or just to say hi at our website allclearpodcast.comAlso Visit Our Sponsors - Studio Print Shop atstudioprintshop.com
Resilience Renewed - Stepping Back In with guest David Nathanson
Jan 5 2024
Resilience Renewed - Stepping Back In with guest David Nathanson
When the going gets tough, the tough get resilient. Join us as we dove deep into resilience, trauma and recovery with the extraordinary David Nathanson, Executive Director of the Eagle Oak Retreat Foundation. David, a champion in aiding first responders and veterans bounce back from trauma, introduced us to the Warrior Path program - a seven-day intensive training designed to help individuals handle stress with poise. We discussed the crucial role a supportive community plays in the journey of rehabilitation and the importance of trusting the process, key elements in successfully reintegrating into everyday life after treatment.Want to know how to draw strength from your hardships? Listen closely as we explore resilience and self-care within the world of first responders and military. Let our own experiences and strategies inspire you. We highlight the power of a positive attitude, the art of reflecting and gratitude, and the merits of leaving your comfort zone. Understand that this is a journey of overcoming trauma and making progress through recovery. What happens if trauma is left unaddressed? This episode also sheds light on the cumulative effects of trauma and the need for continuous aftercare in addiction recovery. We underscore the importance of therapy and counseling, and share resources like Boulder Crest's Warrior PATHH program. Listen to us share our personal experiences and insights on how to support those who have been exposed to trauma. About David:David “Nate” Nathanson was born, raised, and educated in New Jersey. An avid cyclist, outdoorsman, lifelong learner, lover of music, Harley enthusiast, Jeep owner, and Scuba Divemaster, David served as both an enlisted Marine and an officer of Marines. He has commanded at every level from platoon to regiment, including a combat logistics battalion during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Additionally, he participated in many campaigns, operations, and humanitarian assistance operations during his more than 30-year career. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Rutgers University, two Master's Degrees from the Marine Corps University, and one from the Naval War College. He lives in Texas with his amazing wife Kathy, his pit bulls Leonidas and Cleopatra, and his cats Fergus and Finn. He has four children and four grand children who call him “Papa.”Learn more about David and Eagle Oak Retreat ateagleoakretreat.orgYour one stop shop for graphic design, screen printing, embroidery and more.  Proud sponsor of the All Clear Podcast.Use the code All Clear to get 10% off your first order.studioprintshop.comSupport the Show.Thanks for listening to All Clear!You can contact us with questions, suggestions or just to say hi at our website allclearpodcast.comAlso Visit Our Sponsors - Studio Print Shop atstudioprintshop.com
That Gut Feeling With Guest Sandy Wesson
Dec 22 2023
That Gut Feeling With Guest Sandy Wesson
Are you feeling exhausted, stressed, and overwhelmed as a first responder? If so, this episode of All Clear could be your lifeline. We bring on board Sandy Wesson, a skillful functional nutritional therapist with a rich background as an ICU nurse, to share her wisdom on how we can nourish our bodies despite the demanding schedules. Expect to learn new insights about the foods we eat, the significance of hydration, and the role electrolytes play in our bodies. And if you've ever wondered about the impact of gluten and dairy on your gut health, this episode is for you.Is your brain health tied to your gut health? Explore this profound connection with us as we dive into the aftermath of head injuries. We reveal how something as common as a concussion could spark a negative feedback loop between your brain and gut, resulting in inflammation and shock. Discover how proper digestion could be your secret weapon against the harmful effects of acid reducers, and unravel the mystery behind the term 'leaky gut'. Our discussion also spotlights the vagus nerve and the microbiome - two underrated but vital players in our overall brain health.Food is fuel, and we want to help you choose the best fuel for your body. Join us as we delve into the world of nutrition and supplementation. Come away with practical strategies for mindful eating and learn about the fundamental role your gallbladder plays in digestion. We'll also share important reminders about the power of B vitamins, vitamin D, and other supplements in supporting our mitochondria. Whether you're a seasoned first responder or new to the field, this episode is designed to equip you with the knowledge to achieve and maintain optimal health. Let's get started!About Sandy Wesson:My name is Sandy Wesson. I have been a Registered Nurse for 42 years. During those years, I worked in the Intensive Care Unit, as well as Hospice and Palliative Care, and other aspects of healthcare.10 years ago, I left clinical nursing to move into the realm of Functional Wellness - becoming certified as a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and as a Certified Functional Bloodwork Specialist. My goal is to put the power of health back in the hands of my clients, rather than being dependent on doctors. I read bloodwork from a Functional Perspective – It gives me so much information about what the body needs. Together we look at the effects of thoughts, traumas, and toxins on the body, and what to do about it. Additionally, I have been an energy healer for more than 20 years. I utilize my gifts of empathy, clairaudience, and clairsentience to tune into my clients’ vibrations. As an empath, I am finding that people have a greater need for energy healing to assist in opening their own power to heal. Links: www.brainworksforlife.combrainworksforlife@gmail.comwww.facebook.com/BrainWorksForLifewww.instagram.com/brainworks_for_lifeDownload Body/Brain eBook :https://brainworksforlife.com/brainYour one stop shop for graphic design, screen printing, embroidery and more.  Proud sponsor of the All Clear Podcast.Use the code All Clear to get 10% off your first order.studioprintshop.comSupport the Show.Thanks for listening to All Clear!You can contact us with questions, suggestions or just to say hi at our website allclearpodcast.comAlso Visit Our Sponsors - Studio Print Shop atstudioprintshop.com
Faith & Fire: The Role Of The Fire Chaplin With Guest Brad Hunt
Dec 8 2023
Faith & Fire: The Role Of The Fire Chaplin With Guest Brad Hunt
Have you ever wondered about the mental health challenges faced firefighters? Join us, Travis and Eric, as we sit down with an esteemed guest, Brad Hunt, an ordained minister, firefighter, and the chaplain for Concord Fire Department, to shed light on this often overlooked aspect. Brad gives us an insider's perspective on the crucial role of a Fire Chaplain in providing much-needed mental and spiritual support in the high-pressure world of fire service. He emphasizes the importance of confidentiality, trust, and building solid relationships to provide effective support.We further explore how faith, spirituality, and chaplaincy services intersect to bolster the mental health and well-being of firefighters. Brad shares his insights on how to kickstart a chaplaincy program in a department and the invaluable advantage of networking with other chaplains. We confront the stigma surrounding mental health in the first responder community head-on, discussing how a chaplain's calming presence can help. Listen in as we underscore the importance of a chaplain who truly understands and connects with first responders. You don't want to miss this enlightening conversation!Your one stop shop for graphic design, screen printing, embroidery and more.  Proud sponsor of the All Clear Podcast.Use the code All Clear to get 10% off your first order.studioprintshop.comSupport the Show.Thanks for listening to All Clear!You can contact us with questions, suggestions or just to say hi at our website allclearpodcast.comAlso Visit Our Sponsors - Studio Print Shop atstudioprintshop.com
A Family Affair - Your Family and Your Fire Career
Nov 24 2023
A Family Affair - Your Family and Your Fire Career
Ever wondered how being a firefighter impacts family life, and vice versa? We, your hosts Travis and Eric, unravel the profound influence of family on our work in the fire service. Sharing from our own experiences, we reflect on the pivotal role our families play in our lives, offering us emotional support and understanding that anchors us in our line of duty. Yet, we also discuss the challenge of protecting our loved ones from the harsh realities of our work, and ensuring this vital support is not taken for granted.The episode takes a bold stride into the realm of mental health. We delve into how the stress and trauma of being first responders can bleed into our personal lives and the lives of our family members. From using dark humor as a coping mechanism to recognizing signs of distress in our loved ones, we stress the absolute necessity of open communication. We also broach the often-overlooked aspect of how our work affects our families' mental health, and the significance of acknowledging and addressing these issues.In this discussion, we share our strategies for supporting our families and recognizing when they might be grappling with our job-related challenges. Highlighting the importance of involving our families in our work to a healthy extent, we suggest incorporating them in training and education about our work. We share our personal triumphs and struggles with disconnecting from work, providing invaluable advice on maintaining a healthy balance between work and personal life. Wrapping up with some light-hearted chitchat, we invite you to share our podcast and spread the word to continue supporting us. The episode is rich with insights, anecdotes, and practical advice that's sure to resonate with other first responders and their families. So, tune in to explore the intricate dance between faith, family, and the fire service.Your one stop shop for graphic design, screen printing, embroidery and more.  Proud sponsor of the All Clear Podcast.Use the code All Clear to get 10% off your first order.studioprintshop.comSupport the Show.Thanks for listening to All Clear!You can contact us with questions, suggestions or just to say hi at our website allclearpodcast.comAlso Visit Our Sponsors - Studio Print Shop atstudioprintshop.com
Meditation, Mindfulness & Hacking The Human Brain with Mike Cancellieri
Nov 10 2023
Meditation, Mindfulness & Hacking The Human Brain with Mike Cancellieri
Ever had one of those days where stress seems to be piling up with no end in sight? Well, you're not alone. We've had a riveting chat with Mike Cancellieri from Frontline Foundations, an organization that provides indispensable support to veterans and first responders grappling with post-traumatic stress. Mike educates us on the power of mindfulness, a skill that when exercised and maintained, becomes an instinctive response to stressful situations. Our conversation even delves into Mike's personal narrative of acquiring and cultivating this vital competency.Imagine the tranquility of being completely in tune with your senses and allowing your thoughts to drift by without judgment. That's the essence of meditation. Contrary to popular belief, it’s not about emptying your mind. Instead, it’s about being present and acknowledging your experiences. We'll guide you through the power and benefits of meditation, its myths, and how it can be a lifeline for individuals dealing with post-traumatic stress. Lastly, we'll demystify post-traumatic stress disorder and address it for what it truly is - an injury. A change in the brain and endocrine system due to horrifying experiences. You'll hear about Mike's personal journey navigating PTSD and how mindfulness played a pivotal role in his healing process. Furthermore, we'll underscore the importance of seeking help and breaking free from the stigma attached to it. Don't miss out on an episode replete with invaluable insights, practical advice, and a glimpse into the Firefighter Cancer Alliance Clear Podcast.About Mike Cancellieri:Mike is a founding member of Front Line Foundations and serves as our Executive Director. Mike attended Stockton University in Galloway, NJ where he earned a BA in Criminal Justice. After moving to New England in 2008, he began a career in behavioral health working with diverse populations in a variety of settings. This experience in mental health crisis work and inpatient psychiatric settings gives him a unique perspective on many of the challenges faced by first responders. His nearly lifelong study of mindfulness and Eastern thought dovetailed seamlessly with his interest in nature when he began working with veterans and first responders in 2018. Mike considers it a personal mission to share these skills and knowledge with our clients at Front Line Foundations.Your one stop shop for graphic design, screen printing, embroidery and more.  Proud sponsor of the All Clear Podcast.Use the code All Clear to get 10% off your first order.studioprintshop.comSupport the Show.Thanks for listening to All Clear!You can contact us with questions, suggestions or just to say hi at our website allclearpodcast.comAlso Visit Our Sponsors - Studio Print Shop atstudioprintshop.com
The Accidental Firefighter - The Power Of Persistance
Oct 27 2023
The Accidental Firefighter - The Power Of Persistance
Have you ever wondered what it takes to climb the ranks of the fire service?  Travis a deputy fire marshal of new construction, sits down to spill the details of his fascinating journey to relevance and acceptance. From navigating the complex waters of an economic downturn to reinventing his professional path, Travis’ story of perseverance and unwavering optimism is sure to motivate.In our in-depth conversation, Travis highlights the critical importance of relationship-building and a thorough understanding of the fire service culture. Drawing from his personal experience, he discusses how he found acceptance and earned his place in this demanding field. Plus, he sheds light on the role of continuous learning and mentorship in accelerating career advancement,But that's not all - Travis also touches upon the significant, yet often overlooked, issue of cancer in the fire service. He opens up about his collaboration with cancer organizations and the resources available to reduce exposure. Travis’ commitment to initiating crucial conversations around this topic and his efforts to bring about positive changes  are slowly making a difference. Tune in for a conversation that's sure to motivate, educate, and leave you with a deep respect for the tireless individuals serving in our fire departments.Your one stop shop for graphic design, screen printing, embroidery and more.  Proud sponsor of the All Clear Podcast.Use the code All Clear to get 10% off your first order.studioprintshop.comSupport the Show.Thanks for listening to All Clear!You can contact us with questions, suggestions or just to say hi at our website allclearpodcast.comAlso Visit Our Sponsors - Studio Print Shop atstudioprintshop.com