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3 Point Firefighter

Jake Barnes

In 3 point Firefighter, I discuss all things fire service, especially those things that deal with the 3 points, Pride, Training, and Physical Fitness. I discuss these things with firefighters around the country. These are the firefighters that I feel are making a difference in their department and in the fire service in general.

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Steve McGean
1w ago
Steve McGean
Chief McGean has spent the last 21 years as a firefighter and 10 years as a Paramedic. Steve joined the Canadian Air Force in 2001 as a ARFF, did that till 2012 when he left the military and then went to Paramedic school.  Moved to Northern Alberta and worked as a Flight Medic and joined the local Volunteer Fire Department where I was appointed as Fire Chief after 9 months due to training and experience. He then left that community in 2019 and moved to Edmonton to teach medical courses. In 2021 he applied to the Iqaluit Fire dept and was hired as the assistant fire chief but after 6 months the fire chief left and I took over as Acting fire chief.
Steve McGean
1w ago
Steve McGean
Chief McGean has spent the last 21 years as a firefighter and 10 years as a Paramedic. Steve joined the Canadian Air Force in 2001 as a ARFF, did that till 2012 when he left the military and then went to Paramedic school.  Moved to Northern Alberta and worked as a Flight Medic and joined the local Volunteer Fire Department where I was appointed as Fire Chief after 9 months due to training and experience. He then left that community in 2019 and moved to Edmonton to teach medical courses. In 2021 he applied to the Iqaluit Fire dept and was hired as the assistant fire chief but after 6 months the fire chief left and I took over as Acting fire chief.
Frank Leeb
Jun 13 2022
Frank Leeb
Frank Leeb is a Deputy Assistant Chief in the (FDNY). He is the Acting Chief of Training. Frank has been a member of the FDNY since 1992 and a member of the East Farmingdale Fire Department in Long Island NY since 1983. He holds a BS degree in Fire Service Administration from SUNY and a master’s degree in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS).
Mike Kennedy
Jun 6 2022
Mike Kennedy
MIKE KENNEDY is a 27-year fire service veteran and chief of the Ann Arbor (MI) Fire Department. He is a CPSE Chief Fire Officer, a Michigan Fire Fighters Training Council Instructor II, and is a contract instructor for the International Society of Fire Service Instructors. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan and a Master of Public Administration degree from Eastern Michigan University.
Blake Stinnett
May 31 2022
Blake Stinnett
Blake Stinnett is a firefighter/paramedic at Sandy Springs Fire Department. He has been on the job for 7 years. He is currently assigned to Squad 53, which is the tech rescue house for Sandy Springs Fire. Blake is married to his beautiful bride and has two kids, Layleigh and Jack. Blake is the founder/director of a nonprofit called Next Rung, where there mission is to tackle them mental health issues of firefighters and first responders. In his spare time you can find Blake serving as an instructor with Bearers of The Oath cadre or at the gym.
Oj Kolodzielj
May 10 2022
Oj Kolodzielj
OJ is a Capt. with Birmingham Fire and Rescue. He been with the department for 21 years. Out of those 21 years the majority of his career has been on a truck or heavy rescue company.
FDIC 2022!
May 3 2022
FDIC 2022!
What a great time at FDIC! I was able to sit down with some former guests and catch up. I hope you enjoy this episode with Tai Rondau, Mike Torres, Tim Kron, Jarod Sergi, and Aaron Adams.
Richard Wiggins
Apr 26 2022
Richard Wiggins
Richard Wiggins is a medically retired Firefighter/Paramedic with17 years in Fire/EMS and is still involved in the fools. Serving for, Escambia County Fire Rescue, Navarre Beach FireDept, DOD emergency services,  City of Seguin Fire Dept, and Numerous Volunteer Departments while moving around. Last year was medically retired from SFD due to ongoing heart issues following open-heart surgery. Over the last year, Richard has continued to stay involved with the fire service through the FOOLS and my involvement with Next Rung as a peer support call taker for First responders battling mental illness.
Ian Bennett
Apr 19 2022
Ian Bennett
44 years old. Married 19 years. 16 years in the fire service, all with the Seattle Fire Department. Currently a Captain in the training division. One of the leads for Seattle's live-fire cadre. Taught at the Washington State Fire Training Academy for 3 years a while back. Owner/Operator of West Coast Fire Training which I started in 2018. WCFT helps departments put on acquired structure live-fire training.  You can check out the website and Facebook page for more on that.
Nick Newman
Apr 13 2022
Nick Newman
Nicholas Newman: 18 years on the Lexington, KY FD last 9 at EO5 - EC1 as a paramedic before that. Has a Bachelor’s in Animal Science from Illinois State and a Bachelor’s in Art History from Academy of Art University San Francisco. Married to A Police commander and has a 10year old son. He is currently the same age as Elvis when he died
Kyle Romagus
Apr 5 2022
Kyle Romagus
Kyle Romagus is a 19-year veteran with East Montgomery County Fire Department, oversees the training division as a Battalion Chief and is in love with engine work.  Kyle owns and operates smoothbore cartel, teaches engine operations for FD tactics, CF Tactics, Oathkeepers engine cadre and is also the admin of engine company resurrection.  His main goal is to spread knowledge about Engine work to anyone that will listen and to leave the job better than he found it.
Revisiting Chief Bruce DeArk
Mar 28 2022
Revisiting Chief Bruce DeArk
One of my guests from season 1, Chief Bruce DeArk, passed away recently from cancer. His battle was inspiring, and Bruce gave it all he had. Ever since his funeral, he has been on my mind. He was a great guy and a great firefighter. He fought bravely and tried to inform as many firefighters as he could of the perils of our job when it comes to cancer. After he passed, I had a friend who decided to do his first colonoscopy because of Bruce’s battle. So, I thought I would re-release this podcast in hopes of new listeners finding it and hearing, in his own words, about his battle with cancer. Please get annual physicals, wear your SCBA during overhaul, wash your gear and wash your self after a fire start getting a colonoscopy at 40 and encourage other brothers and sisters to do the same. Let’s do it for Bruce. Please listen, like, subscribe and share this episode. Let’s let Bruce’s message be heard by as many firefighters as we can. A firefighter’s blood isn’t free….it costs dearly…it’s our job to make sure we don’t keep dying for the same reason
John Ceriello
Mar 22 2022
John Ceriello
Captain Cirello has been with the FDNY for 34 years. Currently, he is the Capt. Rescue 1 in Manhattan. He was Involved in FDNY’s research of wind impacted fires and modern ventilation concepts from the beginning. He is also an ISFSI instructor and Underwriter Laboratories advisory panel member. He is probably most proud of his lovely bride Laura and his wonderful daughter Luchia.
Jay Bonnifield
Mar 14 2022
Jay Bonnifield
Jay Bonnifield is a firefighter with the Everett Fire Department in Washington, assigned to the tailboard of Engine 1 serving old downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods. He has been a firefighter for 13 years, starting in suburban communities to the north of Everett prior to getting hired with EFD. Jay teaches engine company operations for Brothers in Battle, the Sno ho mish County Fire Training Academy, West Coast Fire Training, and works with Derek Roberts/Dennis LeGear on the educated engine project. His class "Anatomy Of A Push" is being presented at FDIC for 2022. Jay is a husband to an incredible wife and a father of 4 awesome kids.
Robert Ramirez
Mar 8 2022
Robert Ramirez
Captain Rob Ramirez has been a student of the Fire Service for over 22 years and holds a degree in Fire Science he is a Fire Instructor II, Fire Officer II, Safety Officer and Live Fire Training Officer. Since 2006, he has served as a Rescue Team Manager for the Department of Homeland Security F.E.M. A. U.S.A.R. Florida Task Force 2. He has been on many high-profile deployments including Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and in the Haiti earthquake in 2010. Rob is the lead instructor for Fire, Military, and Special Operations for National Rescue Consultants, an all-hazards national training company based out of West Palm Beach, Florida. He is the founder of the Firefighter Advanced Survival Techniques program and has taught at numerous fire conferences. Rob is also the lead instructor for the Firefighter Rescue and Survival program at the annual Ft. Lauderdale Fire Training Expo; an Engine Company Instructor at both the Orlando Fire Conference (OFC) and the Metro Atlanta Firefighter Conference (MAFFC).
Matt Davis
Feb 28 2022
Matt Davis
Matt Davis is from Tasmania, Australia. It's an island state of around 500,000 people south of mainland Australia. Matt started as a volunteer firefighter in 2003 and then started work as a Career Firefighter in 2009. He works in the Hobart fire brigade. The brigade looks after around 250,000 people and has four 24/7 fire stations and one 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday station.
Dave Pruitt
Feb 21 2022
Dave Pruitt
David Pruitt is a lifelong learner of emergency services.  As a second-generation firefighter,  David has a lifetime of experience watching and learning; and he regularly implements skills, tactics, and lessons learned into his daily life.  David has spent the last 19.5 years with the City of Hillsboro and currently holds the title of Major over Fire, EMS, and Special Operations.   His true passion is in training and educating emergency services personnel.   In the past few years, he has taken many of the city’s unoccupied structures and used them for training.  The use of these acquired structures has brought national and international attention to the small central Texas town where he works.  If you've been to a Nozzle Forward Class, FDIC or use 3M SCOTT fire equipment you have probably seen his work.
Jaosn Patton
Feb 14 2022
Jaosn Patton
Jason Patton is a 13 career year Firefighter/Paramedic and creator of the popular video series Fire Department Chronicles which amassed 3.1 million followers and over 150 million views. Jason is also the Vice President of Fire Department Coffee, a board member and spokesperson for the Heroes Cup which works with NHL teams such as the Boston Bruins to raise money for First Responders in need. Jason also represents Banyan Treatment Centers as an advocate for First Responders seeking help for Mental Health or Substance Abuse issues.
Dave Mellen
Feb 7 2022
Dave Mellen
David Mellen is a 23-year student of the fire service and has been a Paramedic for 17 years. David currently serves as a career Firefighter/Paramedic in a suburb of the Kansas City metro area as well as Captain with the Reno Township Fire Department in Leavenworth County. He previously served as a lab instructor for the Johnson County Community College Fire Science Program and has sat on several review committees for fire training publications. David is an instructor at FDIC, Firehouse Expo, and several other state and local fire schools as well as the owner of Valor Fire Training.
Chris Kessinger
Jan 31 2022
Chris Kessinger
Chris Kessinger has been a student of the craft for 17 years, currently holding the role of Lieutenant with the City of Riverside Fire Department. Chris serves as the lead instructor and owner of Citizens First Fire Training in addition to the role of training officer/instructor for numerous schools, training facilities and departments. Chris has a deep passion for this job and making sure that the blue-collar traditions of our foundation stay alive and well. As an active member for the Central Ohio FOOLS chapter, Chris is able to continually spread those traditions and keep our service headed in the right direction. His passion, that one thing on the job that drives his soul will always be with truck company operations. Be aggressive in the search, aggressive in throwing ladders, aggressive in ventilation but most of all be aggressive in LOVING the job! Those core values are what Chris lives by. Chris is a nobody from nowhere that just loves the job and spreading the passion everywhere he goes. Our citizens are our absolute number 1 priority, anything other than that is simply unacceptable.
Tai Rondeau
Jan 24 2022
Tai Rondeau
Tai Rondeau brings over 16 years of knowledge and experience ranging from his time as a volunteer firefighter to two career departments. Tai currently serves as a firefighter/ paramedic for the City of Milwaukee, Engine 34/Med13. He also teaches for Take the Door Training LLC, affiliated with the Brew City F.O.O.L.S., and has taught/assisted at several fire conferences and fire schools across the nation. Lastly, he is associated with Leatherhead Tools helping with tool research and development. He shares a great passion for the fire service and still loves learning and bettering his skill set.