PODCAST

The Firefighters Podcast with Rob Serra

Righteous Media

The Firefighters Podcast is the hottest podcast in America, literally. Host Rob Serra, FDNY (ret.) is a 9/11 First Responder, an advocate, a dad and an all around great guy. Recored in Staten Island the pod will inform and connect a hungry audience and create a home for the country’s 1.15 million firefighters — and their friends, families and fans. And they’ve got a lot of fans. Host Rob Serra is authentic as it gets. Born and raised in Staten Island, New York, his first day on the job was September 11th. He’s been directly involved advocating for the health issues first responders have experienced as a result ever since. The show will include interviews with firefighters and first responders, celebrities, and the always popular and delicious Firehouse cooking segment. Everybody loves firefighters. Now they have a podcast.
Lloyd Mitchell. First-Hand Account of The Devastating Bronx Apartment Fire. Philadelphia’s Apartment Tragedy. Colorado Wildfires. Nav is Back.
Content Warning: This episode contains graphic content.  Welcome back to the hottest podcast in America, literally. Hosted by FDNY Hero and renowned advocate for firefighters, Rob Serra.  Over the first dozen shows we explored some of New York’s historic fires and worst events with heroic first responders that were there. Sadly on January 9, 2022, New York experienced what will be another historic fire. And we’ve got another first hand account of this terrible event from a slightly different perspective than we normally bring. Rob is joined by the brilliant freeelance photographer Lloyd Mitchell. As the catastrophic event unfolded in the Bronx, Mitchell captured the images that will live on forever. Iconic images that you’ll never forget. When the news is about a fire, it’s never good. And the last weeks have had a lot of stories about fires. From Colorado to Philadelphia the New Year seemed to bring a lot of fire with it. But we’ve got the voices to help guide you through those times. The voices that give you the information you need to help you make the right decisions and make sure you’re as safe as possible. Richard Naviasky, Rob’s guest in Episode 1, drops in to help lend his perspective. Always a helper. Always a hero.  And you can be a hero. Help the victims of this fire restart their lives. Donate here. Check out more of Lloyd Mitchell’s work on Twitter @Lloydphoto and Instagram @urbanfirefightingportfolio  If you’re one of America’s Firefighters, a first responder, or the family or a friend of one, this is your new home.  Are you a firefighter that has a great story to share? Send it to us at info@righteous.us.  And be sure to visit thefirefighters.us for videos, Firefighters merch and more great content. We’re bringing the power of the Righteous Media 5 I’s: Independence, Integrity, Information, Inspiration and impact.  You can also watch video of this show with Jeff and Rob on the Firefighters YouTube page. The Firefighters Podcast with Rob Serra connects, informs and inspires--and is powered by Righteous Media. On social media or www.thefirefighters.us A special thank you to our sponsors, Rocky Boots. They make gear that’s a must for any firefighter especially. Check em out at rockyboots.com. Watch video of Rob and Lloyd’s conversation here: https://youtu.be/pjmJCUP1oCA Watch video of Rob and Nav’s conversation here: https://youtu.be/EajxEaFxu30 #StayLow, America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1w ago
1 hr 22 mins
Joseph Cammarata - Replay - NYPD and FDNY veteran. Remembering His Brother on 9/11. Finding Hope & Heroes in the Chaos. The Epic ‘Hockey Heroes’ at MSG Recap.
Content Warning: This episode contains graphic content.  Before 2022 hits, here’s a holiday, end-of-year rewind to a fan favorite. Episode 2 with Jospeh Cammarata from just after the 20th anniversary of 9/11.  From September 17, 2021: Welcome back to the hottest podcast in America, literally.  The second episode of the Firefighters Podcast with Rob Serra, FDNY (Ret.) returns to the day of September 11, 2001 as former FDNY and NYPD and current attorney Joseph Cammarata joins Rob to share his memories of the brother he lost on that horrible day. Their family was dedicated to service and it shows and these are the kind of people we’re going to celebrate here. The real heroes. The helpers.  We’re also going to take a look back at the epic annual Hockey Heroes charity match between FDNY and the NYPD hockey teams. It aired to a national audience—and was an excellent game. The good guys won, but no one really lost. Host Rob Serra (@SerraRob) is America’s leading advocate for firefighters and first-responders. A renowned activist, technical expert and father of three, Rob was born and raised in Staten Island, NY. He began his firefighting career with the FDNY and his first day in the field was September 11th, 2001. While he was not scheduled to work that day, he, along with thousands of others, reported to the World Trade Center to help with the aftermath of the attacks. The 20th anniversary of 9/11 was a time for reflection, a time for remembering. Never forget isn’t just a hashtag. And we won’t forget. And if you’re one of America’s Firefighters, a first responder, or the family or a friend of one... this is your new home.  Are you a firefighter that has a great story to share? Send it to us at info@righteous.us and be sure to visit thefirefighters.us for videos, Firefighters merch and more great content. We’re bringing the power of the Righteous Media 5 I’s: Independence, Integrity, Information, Inspiration and impact.  You can also watch video of this show with Joseph Cammarata on the Righteous YouTube page. The Firefighters Podcast with Rob Serra connects, informs and inspires--and is powered by Righteous Media. On social media or www.thefirefighters.us You can also watch video of this full conversation: https://youtu.be/K83fWzx5PF4 #StayLow America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 31 2021
49 mins
Jeff Cool.  Surviving NYC’s Infamous Black Sunday Fire. Putting a Price on the Life of Firefighters. Meet the Members of the Misfit Toy Club. Frankie’s Firehouse Feast: Pork Cutlets!
Content Warning: This episode contains graphic content.  Welcome back to the hottest podcast in America, literally. Hosted by FDNY Hero and renowned advocate for firefighters, Rob Serra.  Some days everything goes wrong. Sunday, January 23, 2005 was one of those days. At 7:59AM three alarms were called. The FDNY’s Engine Company 42, Ladder Company 33, Ladder Company 27, and Rescue Company 3 all responded. What should have been a textbook fire, turned horribly tragic when six firefighters became trapped in a burning maze of illegally constructed tenements. They were forced to jump from the windows. John G. Bellew and Lieutenant Curtis W. Meyran died trying to escape and Brendan Cawley, Jeff Cool, Joe DiBernardo, and Gene Stolowski, were all severely injured and forced to retire as a result of their injuries. Jeff Cool shares his heroic story of what happened that day, and the challenges he’s faced since. It’s a harrowing story. And he was one of the lucky ones. And when you hear what could have prevented the tragedy, it will leave you shocked and angry. But we’re not going to back down. It’s a fight that we’re going to keep fighting.  If you’re one of America’s Firefighters, a first responder, or the family or a friend of one, this is your new home.  Are you a firefighter that has a great story to share? Send it to us at info@righteous.us.  And be sure to visit thefirefighters.us for videos, Firefighters merch and more great content. We’re bringing the power of the Righteous Media 5 I’s: Independence, Integrity, Information, Inspiration and impact.  You can also watch video of this show with Jeff and Rob on the Firefighters YouTube page. The Firefighters Podcast with Rob Serra connects, informs and inspires--and is powered by Righteous Media. On social media or www.thefirefighters.us A special thank you to our sponsors, Rocky Boots. They make gear that’s a must for any firefighter especially. Check em out at rockyboots.com. You can also watch video of this full conversation: https://youtu.be/0HepbfV7GqA #StayLow, America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 17 2021
1 hr 31 mins
Andrew Serra.  Remembering Fallen Hero Phil D'Adamo. When Tragedy Hits Home. 2001’s Forgotten Losses.  Meet Tank: New York’s Next Most Famous Dog. Frankie’s Firehouse Feast: Chicken Cutlets.
Content Warning: This episode contains graphic content.  Welcome back to the hottest podcast in America, literally.  Firefighters are a family. We eat together, we laugh together, and we share in the good times and the bad. Together. And that’s what we’re going to do in this episode. We’re going to gather our family and we’re going to remember some of the people that aren’t here with us anymore. Andrew Serra @AndrewSerraAuth, brother of host Rob, is Captain of FDNY Ladder 20 in Soho. He’s back for a look back at the story of the first line of duty funeral he and Rob attended back on December 2, 1984 for close family friend and Staten Island firefighter Phil D’Adamo. His loss is still felt today, by his family and friends, but also by his brothers in the firehouse. There’s a great story that's a hilarious tribute to Phil’s sense of humor and a lot of other great memories you don’t want to miss.  We’ve also got an introduction you’re going to love. You’ll get to meet Tank, FDNY’s latest dalmatian pup and New York’s future ‘most famous’ dog. If you’re one of America’s Firefighters, a first responder, or the family or a friend of one... this is your new home.  Are you a firefighter that has a great story to share? Send it to us at info@righteous.us and be sure to visit thefirefighters.us for videos, Firefighters merch and more great content. We’re bringing the power of the Righteous Media 5 I’s: Independence, Integrity, Information, Inspiration and impact.  You can also watch video of this show with Andrew and Rob on the Firefighters YouTube page. The Firefighters Podcast with Rob Serra connects, informs and inspires--and is powered by Righteous Media. On social media or www.thefirefighters.us A special thank you to our sponsors, Rocky Boots. They make gear that’s a must for any firefighter especially. Check em out at rockyboots.com. You can also watch video of this full conversation: https://youtu.be/ufFaNDenNfY #StayLow America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 3 2021
36 mins
Tina Cosentino. Helping the Helpers Process Trauma. The American Airlines Flight 587 Crash. Thanksgiving and the Things That Matter. Frankie Makes Tina's Oatmeal M&M Cookies.
Content Warning: This episode contains graphic content.  Welcome back to the hottest podcast in America, literally. And we’ve got a new episode to really heat up your Thanksgiving.  If you’re a firefighter or a first responder, chances are you’ve seen some things that most people never experience. Sometimes, truly horrible things. Things that stay with you. And Rob’s guest this episode is one of a small group of volunteers that can help when you experience those moments. Tina Cosentino is a helper. Providing Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) support, Tina and other volunteers help first Responders, military, veterans and Gold Star Families when overwhelming situations arise. They provide advocacy, crisis intervention support, suicide intervention support, line of duty death support, medical complexity support and most importantly… family support.  It’s an important episode. And the advice Tina shares could help you or a loved one deal with issues that can have a cascade of negative effects that last a lifetime. Give it a listen. She will help you be a better helper. And nothing is better or more important than that.  If you’re one of America’s Firefighters, a first responder, or the family or a friend of one... this is your new home.  Are you a firefighter that has a great story to share? Send it to us at info@righteous.us and be sure to visit thefirefighters.us for videos, Firefighters merch and more great content. We’re bringing the power of the Righteous Media 5 I’s: Independence, Integrity, Information, Inspiration and impact.  You can also watch video of this show with Tina on the Firefighters YouTube page. The Firefighters Podcast with Rob Serra connects, informs and inspires--and is powered by Righteous Media. On social media or www.thefirefighters.us A special thank you to our sponsors, Rocky Boots. They make gear that’s a must for any firefighter especially. Check em out at rockyboots.com. You can also watch video of this full conversation: https://youtu.be/0ixFDD7GDgM #StayLow America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 19 2021
1 hr 5 mins
Don Blaskovich. 89-year-old Firefighting Hero. The 1958 Wooster Street Collapse. The NYC Vaccine Mandate for Firefighters. Frankie Cooks Up a Potato & Egg Frittata.
Content Warning: This episode contains graphic content.  Welcome back to the hottest podcast in America, literally.  This show is about honoring our firefighters. And today’s episode nails it again. 89-year-old Don Blaskovich was there for one of New York’s deadliest fires, the infamous Wooster Street Collapse on Valentine’s Day, 1958. You read that right. 1958. It was a tragic story that led to a lot of changes. Changes in how fires were fought. And changes in how they were prevented. And Don was there, first hand. It’s a great one, you don’t want to miss. Don takes us back to another era. He shares stories that are going to sound real familiar. Some things never change. And sometimes, that’s a good thing. If you’re one of America’s Firefighters, a first responder, or the family or a friend of one... this is your new home.  Are you a firefighter that has a great story to share? Send it to us at info@righteous.us and be sure to visit thefirefighters.us for videos, Firefighters merch and more great content. We’re bringing the power of the Righteous Media 5 I’s: Independence, Integrity, Information, Inspiration and impact.  You can also watch video of this show with Mike on the Righteous YouTube page. The Firefighters Podcast with Rob Serra connects, informs and inspires--and is powered by Righteous Media. On social media or www.thefirefighters.us A special thank you to our sponsors, Rocky Boots. And be sure to check out the great deals at rockyboots.com. You can also watch video of this full conversation: https://youtu.be/06mK5EURcR4   #StayLow America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 5 2021
1 hr 5 mins
Joe McKay.  Sharing Memories of Engine 201 and Finding Himself. Being Happy Again. Psychedelics as Therapeutics.
Content Warning: This episode contains graphic content.  Welcome back to the hottest podcast in America, literally.  Joe McKay was at Ground Zero on 9/11. He lost a lot of friends that day. And shortly afterwards, he lost something else. As a result of his exposures he began experiencing a rare condition called “Cluster Headaches”. It’s a debilitating condition and there were very few medical options for relief. None were effective. But Joe didn’t give up and his search for relief led him down a different sort of path. With the approval and oversight of a trained medical professional Joe turned to psychedelics and experienced great results. Mind blowing results. Results that gave him back his life. And allowed him to feel happy again. It’s an eye opening conversation. It’s an inspiring conversation. And you can only get it here. If you’re one of America’s Firefighters, a first responder, or the family or a friend of one... this is your new home.  Are you a firefighter that has a great story to share? Send it to us at info@righteous.us and be sure to visit thefirefighters.us for videos, Firefighters merch and more great content. We’re bringing the power of the Righteous Media 5 I’s: Independence, Integrity, Information, Inspiration and impact.  You can also watch video of this show with Joe on the Righteous YouTube page. The Firefighters Podcast with Rob Serra connects, informs and inspires--and is powered by Righteous Media. On social media or www.thefirefighters.us You can also watch video of this full conversation: https://youtu.be/lGMbmzXU9iE #StayLow America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22 2021
54 mins
Capt. Mike McCaffery.  Retired FDNY Captain on Dealing with the Aftermath of the Unbelievable. Hero. Helper. Advocate. Friend.
Content Warning: This episode contains graphic content.  Welcome back to the hottest podcast in America, literally.  This episode is taking it back. Way back. To day one and the very first guy Rob met when he got to the Firehouse. They ended up becoming great friends and 20 years later they’re still as close as it gets. And they have some honest conversations about some tough subjects.  For more than 25 years Captain Mike McCaffery served the city of New York. First as a police officer in the 120th precinct, and later as a firefighter in Engine 216 where he met Rob. He was then promoted to lieutenant in Engine 201 and finally as the Captain of Engine 228. He has been a fierce advocate for his fellow firefighters and was a huge part of the passage of the Zadroga Act. He’s a helper and he’s a hero. He’d never say that, but we will. If you’re one of America’s Firefighters, a first responder, or the family or a friend of one... this is your new home.  Are you a firefighter that has a great story to share? Send it to us at info@righteous.us and be sure to visit thefirefighters.us for videos, Firefighters merch and more great content. We’re bringing the power of the Righteous Media 5 I’s: Independence, Integrity, Information, Inspiration and impact.  You can also watch video of this show with Mike on the Righteous YouTube page. The Firefighters Podcast with Rob Serra connects, informs and inspires--and is powered by Righteous Media. On social media or www.thefirefighters.us You can also watch video of this full conversation: https://youtu.be/qllST2QqtTY   #StayLow America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 15 2021
1 hr 6 mins
Jim Burneka. Dayton, Ohio Firefighter, Activist and Host of “The 25 Live” Podcast Joins Rob for a Deep Dive on PFAS, Gear & Cancer.
Content Warning: This episode contains graphic content.  Welcome back to the hottest podcast in America, literally.  “I’m just not sure everyone is even aware that it’s a problem. You and I know it. A handful of people know it. But the vast majority of firefighters are clueless that their gear is a threat.” That’s a warning. A warning to us all that is being sounded by Jim Burneka (@jimburneka). A warning we can’t afford to ignore. It’s a subject we covered last week with Diane Cotter (@_diane_cotter) of Worcester, Massachusetts and it’s a subject we are going to continue to cover until the problem is solved. And this problem is a massive problem. So massive in fact that the great John Oliver covered it this week on his show. PFAs are in everything. And the research is starting to back up what Firefighters and others have been saying all along. The chemicals are bad, firefighters are getting sick and dying, and we need to be aware and minimize exposure at every possible opportunity. And most importantly, pay attention to the signs. You’ll hear why when Jim breaks down how he found out he got sick. It’s as serious as it gets.  But you’re not alone in this. We’ve got your back. If you’re one of America’s Firefighters, a first responder, or the family or a friend of one... this is your new home.  Are you a firefighter that has a great story to share? Send it to us at info@righteous.us and be sure to visit thefirefighters.us for videos, Firefighters merch and more great content. We’re bringing the power of the Righteous Media 5 I’s: Independence, Integrity, Information, Inspiration and impact.  You can also watch video of this show with Jim on the Righteous YouTube page. The Firefighters Podcast with Rob Serra connects, informs and inspires--and is powered by Righteous Media. On social media or www.thefirefighters.us Learn more about Jim and his work at https://firefightercancerconsultants.com/the-25-live/ Or on Twitter at @jimburneka  You can also watch video of this full conversation: https://youtu.be/S9-nG3V6Amk   #StayLow America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 8 2021
1 hr 17 mins
Diane Cotter. Inside the Fight to Protect Firefighters from Harmful Chemicals in Their Gear. Tenacity. A Family of (Fire)Fighters.
Content Warning: This episode contains graphic content.  Welcome back to the hottest podcast in America, literally.  This episode takes you deep inside a fight. A fight against an invisible enemy. An enemy you might have never heard of. But an enemy that surrounds you every time you go to fight fires. That enemy is PFAS, a chemical component added to your turnout gear to help prevent the gear from being damaged by UV light. In 2017 PFAS were named by the IARC. It’s a serious issue and there is a desperate need for solid answers now — before it causes more firefighters to suffer grave illness and even loss of life.  And this episode’s guest is fighting that fight. She’s a hero and a helper. Diane Cotter’s (@_diane_cotter) husband was a career firefighter in Worcester, Massachusetts. He helped bravely fight the Worcester Cold Storage and Warehouse Co. fire in 1999 and despite the tragedy of that day, or maybe as a result of it, he formed many close friendships with FDNY firefighters he met that day. But little did he know on that day that within a few years he’d be left sickened, fighting for his life and on the edge of despair.  All because of the PFAS in his gear. The same PFAS that is in your gear right now. If you’re one of America’s Firefighters, a first responder, or the family or a friend of one... this is your new home.  Are you a firefighter that has a great story to share? Send it to us at info@righteous.us and be sure to visit thefirefighters.us for videos, Firefighters merch and more great content. We’re bringing the power of the Righteous Media 5 I’s: Independence, Integrity, Information, Inspiration and impact.  You can also watch video of this show with Diane Cotter on the Righteous YouTube page. The Firefighters Podcast with Rob Serra connects, informs and inspires--and is powered by Righteous Media. On social media or www.thefirefighters.us Learn more about Donna and her work at https://www.yourturnoutgearandpfoa.com  Or on Twitter at @yourturnoutgear  You can also watch video of this full conversation: https://youtu.be/aKUXRoMET-g   #StayLow America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 1 2021
1 hr 10 mins
Andrew Serra. Firefighter, Author, Scholar, Brother. Inside the Inferno. Nozzle Jobs. Amazing and Inspiring Rescue Stories.
Content Warning: This episode contains graphic content.  Welcome back to the hottest podcast in America, literally.  In our first two episodes we took you inside one of our country’s darkest moments. In this episode we’re going into the fire. Head first. And we’ve got a couple of stories of raging fires and heroic rescues that will leave you on the edge of your seat. The third episode of the Firefighters Podcast with Rob Serra, FDNY (Ret.) is a family affair and today’s episode focuses on a conversation between two brothers. Andrew Serra @AndrewSerraAuth, brother of host Rob, is Captain of FDNY Ladder 20 in Soho. They take us inside, for a deep dive into what it’s like to go into an out of control apartment fire as a rookie and the lessons that they learned. It’s the stuff legends are made of and we get to hear some of their greatest stories first hand. Host Rob Serra (@SerraRob) is America’s leading advocate for firefighters and first-responders. A renowned activist, technical expert and father of three, Rob was born and raised in Staten Island, NY. He began his firefighting career with the FDNY and his first day in the field was September 11th, 2001. While he was not scheduled to work that day, he, along with thousands of others, reported to the World Trade Center to help with the aftermath of the attacks. The 20th anniversary of 9/11 was a time for reflection, a time for remembering. Never forget isn’t just a hashtag. And we won’t forget. And if you’re one of America’s Firefighters, a first responder, or the family or a friend of one... this is your new home.  Are you a firefighter that has a great story to share? Send it to us at info@righteous.us and be sure to visit thefirefighters.us for videos, Firefighters merch and more great content. We’re bringing the power of the Righteous Media 5 I’s: Independence, Integrity, Information, Inspiration and impact.  You can also watch video of this show with Joseph Cammarata on the Righteous YouTube page. The Firefighters Podcast with Rob Serra connects, informs and inspires--and is powered by Righteous Media. On social media or www.thefirefighters.us You can also watch video of this full conversation: https://youtu.be/Q-m_I8DqZPo #StayLow America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 24 2021
1 hr 3 mins
Joseph Cammarata: NYPD and FDNY veteran. Remembering His Brother on 9/11. Finding Hope & Heroes in the Chaos. The Epic ‘Hockey Heroes’ at MSG Recap.
Content Warning: This episode contains graphic content.  Welcome back to the hottest podcast in America, literally.  The second episode of the Firefighters Podcast with Rob Serra, FDNY (Ret.) returns to the day of September 11, 2001 as former FDNY and NYPD and current attorney Joseph Cammarata joins Rob to share his memories of the brother he lost on that horrible day. Their family was dedicated to service and it shows and these are the kind of people we’re going to celebrate here. The real heroes. The helpers.  We’re also going to take a look back at the epic annual Hockey Heroes charity match between FDNY and the NYPD hockey teams. It aired to a national audience—and was an excellent game. The good guys won, but no one really lost. Host Rob Serra (@SerraRob) is America’s leading advocate for firefighters and first-responders. A renowned activist, technical expert and father of three, Rob was born and raised in Staten Island, NY. He began his firefighting career with the FDNY and his first day in the field was September 11th, 2001. While he was not scheduled to work that day, he, along with thousands of others, reported to the World Trade Center to help with the aftermath of the attacks. The 20th anniversary of 9/11 was a time for reflection, a time for remembering. Never forget isn’t just a hashtag. And we won’t forget. And if you’re one of America’s Firefighters, a first responder, or the family or a friend of one... this is your new home.  Are you a firefighter that has a great story to share? Send it to us at info@righteous.us and be sure to visit thefirefighters.us for videos, Firefighters merch and more great content. We’re bringing the power of the Righteous Media 5 I’s: Independence, Integrity, Information, Inspiration and impact.  You can also watch video of this show with Joseph Cammarata on the Righteous YouTube page. The Firefighters Podcast with Rob Serra connects, informs and inspires--and is powered by Righteous Media. On social media or www.thefirefighters.us You can also watch video of this full conversation: https://youtu.be/K83fWzx5PF4 #StayLow America. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 17 2021
43 mins
Richard Naviasky - Inside 9/11. The Deutsche Bank Fire. The Halloween Terrorist Attack. Facing the Flames. Staying Positive.
Content Warning: This episode contains graphic content.  Welcome to the first ever episode of the Firefighters Podcast with Rob Serra, FDNY (Ret.). It’s the hottest podcast in America, literally. And this episode hits the ground running and doesn’t look back. Episode 1 features 9/11 hero firefighter Richard Naviasky. Over a 20 year career at the FDNY, he saw some shit. The kind of shit that sticks with you. From the chaotic morning of 9/11, to the deadly 2007 Deutsche Bank fire that killed two firefighters and injured more than 100, to the horrific 2017 Halloween terrorist truck attack that killed 8 people and slammed into a school bus, Rich has been on the scene at some of the most harrowing fire calls of the last two decades. He’ll take you inside the hardest days, he’ll share heartbreakingly graphic detail, and show you the magnitude of the decisions required of these incredible men and women. He will also leave you inspired by his fortitude, his heart and his example of selfless service.  Rich also speaks bravely out about the health effects he suffered as a result of exposures while on the job. And while he’s honest about the problems he’s faced, he’s not letting it hold him back. And his attitude is an inspiring look at how you handle adversity. It’s a conversation you’ll never forget--and a powerful start to the podcast that’s about much more than firefighting. It’s about courage, leadership, overcoming adversity, love and survival.  Host Rob Serra (@SerraRob) is America’s leading advocate for firefighters and first-responders. A renowned activist, technical expert and father of three, Rob was born and raised in Staten Island, NY. He began his firefighting career with the FDNY in July 2001 just six weeks after graduating from college. And his first day in the field was September 11th. While he was not scheduled to work that Tuesday, he, along with thousands of others, reported to the World Trade Center to help with the aftermath of the attacks. And as we near the 20th anniversary of 9/11 it’s a time for reflection, a time for remembering. Never forget isn’t just a hashtag. And if you’re one of America’s Firefighters, a first responder, or the family or a friend of one... this is your new home.  And that home has a little special sauce this episode. Rob’s mother-in-law makes Nanny’s Tomato Basil Pasta. It’s a delicious dish that will feed your family... or a hungry firehouse and leave everyone happy.  Are you a firefighter that has a great story to share? Send it to us at info@righteous.us and be sure to visit thefirefighters.us for videos, Firefighters merch and more great content. We’re bringing the power of the Righteous Media 5 I’s: Independence, Integrity, Information, Inspiration and impact.  You can also watch video of this show with Richard Naviasky on the Righteous YouTube page. The Firefighters Podcast with Rob Serra connects, informs and inspires--and is powered by Righteous Media. On social media or www.thefirefighters.us You can also watch video of this full conversation: https://youtu.be/WwxoKr4iksU Stay Low friends. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 8 2021
54 mins
The Firefighters with Rob Serra - Trailer

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