In this week's episode of Jumpseat Radio host, Ryan Pennington welcomes Dr. Joe Apuzzio from Union New Jersey and is the father of Fallen Firefighter Kevin Apuzzio.  Kevin was a firefighter with the East Franklin Fire Department who selflessly and heroically died during a rescue attempt of 75-year-old Betty Scott. Firefighter  Apuzzio died when he became trapped after falling through a floor that collapsed into a well-involved basement....he fell just a few feet from the front door. Mrs. Scott also died in the fire as Kevin and crew were attempting to remove her.



Find Kevins LODD Report Here  https://www.state.nj.us/dca/divisions/dfs/reports/eastfranklin.pdf




Link to the Kevin Apuzzio Foundation   http://kevinapuzziofoundation.org/



This episode is sponsored by Dinges Fire Company.  You can find them at dingesfire.com




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In this week's episode of Jumpseat Radio host, Ryan Pennington welcomes the crew from National Fire Radio.  Ryan visits the crew at their World Headquarters during a visit to New Jersey.

In this episode, the fellas talk about


  • Training Companies
  • Positivity in the firehouse
  • Stepping up our leadership
  • Beating cancer inside the firehouse
  • How to vet instructors


This episode is sponsored by Dinges Fire Company.  You can find them at dingesfire.com




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On this week's podcast our co-host Robert Piparo comes back to the podcast to catch up and share how firefighters must be able to change their roles on the fireground as needs change.  Pip had the chance to make a rescue and had to change roles on the fireground.  Listen in as Ryan and Pip talk about the ever-changing firegrounds. 



Topics Covered.


  • Changing roles on the fireground
  • How to build team cohesion
  • Staying calm in the storm
  • Pips ways to stay flexible
  • Transitions of crews




Podcast Sponsors


Trucks, Tools, Tradition.


Dinges Fire Company



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Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_105_Flexibility_on_the_Fireground_with_PIP__mixdown.mp3
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In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Radio host, Ryan Pennington welcome Kieran Carobine aka “The Keto Fireman”. Ryan and Kieran talk about changing lifestyles to manage weight and perform at a high level on the fireground.



Topics Covered


Changing eating habits at the Firehouse

Cabs versus Fats

Getting buy in

Staying the course



Jumpseat Radio is sponsored by Dinges Fire Company


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In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Radio host, Ryan Pennington welcomes back his good friend Frank Viscuso.  Frank and Ryan sit down to talk about firefighters who are ready for promotion and how they should best prepare to take the lead.


Things covered in this podcast


  • Starting to prepare for promotion
  • How to pay attention while learning
  • Taking over as the leader
  • Ego
  • Giving praise


Dinges Fire Company  Dingerfire.com 

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Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_103_New_Leaders_with_Frank_Viscuso_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:46pm EDT

Jumpseat Radio 102 Be relentless with Brooke Ames



In this episode host, Ryan Pennington welcomes Brooke Ames to share her story of leaving her corporate job and begin a journey to the Jumpseat.  Brooke is a career firefighter-paramedic in Wisconsin who has turned her passion for the fire service into her profession.  Brookes journey is nothing short of amazing.  From loosing over 100 pounds to crushing the CPAT listen in as she shares her story of being relentless. 

Topics Covered in this podcast include:


Brooke’s Intro

  • Training for CPAT
  • How to set goals
  • How to measure progress
  • How to become Relentless!



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In this episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington shares the reasons you are failing as a firefighter and how to fix them. 


Todays Podcast  Why you are Faining as a Firefighter 
Excuses Get in your way 
  • You are waiting on someone else to train you
  • Your ego won’t let you expose your real weakness 
  • Your Fat   
  • Because nothing bad has happened to you yet.    
How to fix yourself.  
  • Take ownership 
  • Plan your day to include personal prep time 
  • to find your weakness and work on it 
  • Plan for the Bads that may happen 
Hosting a Class..  



Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_101_Why_you_FAIL_as_a_Firefighter_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:45pm EDT

It's Finally HERE!!  Episode 100 of Jumpseat Radio!


In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Radio host, Ryan Pennington brings back his mentor Dr. Rich Gasaway to talk all things Podcasting!  


Ryan and Rich talk about starting their podcast's in 2014 and the progression through 2019! 


The podcast is Sponsored By Dingesfire.com and is a Proud Partner with the  Chief Miller Media family. 


Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_100th_Episode_with_Rich_Gasaway__mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:14pm EDT

Listen is as the #JumpseatNaion sends in their congrats on 100th episode of Jumpseat Radio!!

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In this episode of Jumpseat Radio host, Ryan Pennington talks trucks with Sean Eagan and John Hayowyk.   Both Captains are assigned to truck companies and have years of experience. 

Topics covered in this podcast include


Spotting the truck

Giving the truck the address

How to train new members on the truck

Being a tiller firefighter




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Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_099_Get_out_of_the_Trucks_Way_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:18pm EDT

Podcast Sponsor for this weeks Jumpseat Radio is DingesFire.com 
In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Radio host, Ryan Pennington catches up with the 
#JumpseatNation after an extended break.  Ryan shares lessons learned during studying for the promotion process.  
Top three lessons from Pit of Promotion 
                    1. We need to continually read 
                    2. We need to continually Plan 
                    3. We need to continually Share 
Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_098_3_Lessons_from_the_Pit_of_Promotion__mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:42am EDT

In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Radio host, Ryan Pennington welcomes his good friend Kevin O’Donnell from Hydrovent US.  Kevin and his dad have spent years inventing a nozzle that uses hydraulic ventilation with straight stream application at the SAME TIME. 



Ryan and Kevin talk about



Stream application

Negative pressure Ventilation

Where did Hydrovent come from

Who uses the Hyrdovent



Kevin “Little Jaws” O’Donnell joined Franklin Park Fire Department in 1988 and Hoffman Estates Fire Department in 1990. He was promoted to Lieutenant and Technical Rescue Team Leader in 2005.

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_097_Hydrovent_with_0AKevin_ODonnell_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:58pm EDT

Jumpseat Radio 096 99% Search with Thomas Anderson


In this episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington sits down with Thomas Anderson from Insight Fire Training to talk about Tic use in the primary search.  Thomas travels the country speaking on enhancing search by using the Thermal imagine camera.

Topics covered include


Directed search

Tic selection

Tic application




Thomas Anderson is a Captain with the Charlotte Fire Department currently assigned to engine 24 and an instructor for Insight Fire Training.

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_096_Search_with_Thomas_Anderson_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:47pm EDT

In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Radio host, Ryan Pennington welcomes Shan Raffel from the Queensland Australia.  Shan is a passionate instructor teaching fire behaviour around the world.  He has taught fire behaviour from Australia to Amsterdam. 

In this LIVE podcast from FDIC 2019 Ryan and Shan talk about:

  • Fire Behaviour 
  • High-Pressure Fog
  • Fire suppression around the world




Shan Raffel


Shan Raffel is currently serving as an operational station officer in Queensland, Australia. He is dedicated to exploring ways of improving efficiency and safety. During his 30-year career in the fire service, he has conducted numerous international study tours--including a 10-week Churchill Fellowship to research planning, preparation and response to emergencies in tunnels--in the USA (FDNY), Canada, Germany, Austria, Scandinavia and Switzerland.

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_095_Firefighting_Down_Under_with_Shan_Raffel__mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:11am EDT

In this episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington welcome Don  Colarusso from All Hands Fire Training.  Don is passionate about teaching bailout systems and processes.  All Hands fire training has trained thousands of firefighters in the use of a bailout kit. 

Topics covered in this podcast:


Using Gemtor Harness

Choosing a Bailout Kid

Training for Bailout

When to use Bailout



DONALD COLARUSSO: Don has served in the fire service for over 30 years. He has been a chief officer for over 12 years, and presently serves as chief of Neptune Township's Special Operations Unit. Previously he served as fire chief in Neptune Township (NJ), where he commanded fire department operations during Hurricane Irene (2011) and Super Storm Sandy (2012). He also served as chief in Wall Township (NJ) from 1997-2000. He is a NJ State Level II Fire Instructor and a staff instructor with the Ocean County NJ Fire Academy, where he was awarded Northern Class "Instructor of the Year" in 2012. Don is a manufacturer authorized instructor for all of the nations leading NFPA-certified firefighter escape systems.


This podcast is Sponsored by

Foxfury Lighting Solutions


Dinges Fire Company



Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_094_Bailouts_with_All_Hands_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:18pm EDT

Jumpseat Radio 093 Live From FDIC Part 2


In this episode of Jumpseat Radio Ryan welcomes a round table discussion LIVE from FDIC 2019.  Listen in as the fella’s sit down and talk shop!



Sponsored by 





Chief Miller @Chief_Miller_

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_093_LIVE_from_FDIC_Take_2_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:29pm EDT

Jumpseat Radio 092 Finds host Ryan Pennington in Indianapolis for FDIC. Ryan welcomes a Round Table discussion with firefighters from around the country. 

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_092_Live_from_FDIC_2019.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:51am EDT

In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington sits down with Mosses Jefferies and Bobby Drake.  Both guests are recruit school instructors for their departments and enjoy of conversation of the recruit school process. 


If you are an aspiring recruit the episode is a DON’T MISS!


Topics Covered Include:

  • Prepping for Recruit School
  • What makes a great Recruit
  • How to be the Leader
  • Preparing Mentally for Recruit School

Podcast Sponsors 




Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_091_New_Firefighters_with_the_TOs_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:25pm EDT

In this episode of Jumpseat Radio host, Ryan Pennington welcomes Benjamin Martin to the podcast to share his take on Intoxicated Leadership.  Benjamin has a GREAT perspective on controlling emotions, conflict resolution, and followership.


Topics Covered:


Controlling emotions

Managing Conflict

How the body reacts to Emotions

Takeaways to help you inside the Firehouse

Know thy people, know thyself

People are the most unpredictable part of the firehouse






Benjamin Bio


Benjamin Martin is an officer in a Large Fire Department in Virginia and a 13-year veteran of emergency services. He is currently assigned to the training section. His passion is engine company work. He speaks nationally on leadership and is a contributing author to Honor & Commitment: Standard Life Operating Guidelines for Firefighters & Their Families. He has written leadership articles for FirefighterToolbox and FirefighterWife. He is the owner and operator of www.EmbraceTheResistance.com.

In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington shares some tips for beginning your fire service career in “Proby School’


  • Mental prep 
  • Family prep 
  • Physical prep 
  • Support System 
  • Nutritional System 
  • Hydration System 

Showing up 

  • if you 10 minutes early, you're late 
  • show up dressed and ready 
  • SHAVE 
  • BE prepared (paper pens etc0
  • Set in the FRONT 
  • Stand up when an officer walks in 
  • Yes sir, no ma’am 


  • Your experience does not matter 
  • Your skills matter 
  • Go first 
  • Lead 
  • be respectful and ask a question 
  • One rep, one skill, one test. The only thing that matters is the next thing.. focus small…  Win small. 

Get to work 

  • Proby school is not going to be easy 
  • Time management 
  • Wash your clothes and gear often 
  • practice at home   
  • Find your weakness each day and make it a strength 
  • You are going to fail.  Don’t get mad or through a fit.  
  • Make Friends 

You are not in this alone 

  •  Lean on  each other 
  •   Support the ones who struggle cause you might be next 
  •  Get each other's phone number 
  •  Start a text group  or slack channel 
  •  Plan to work on weekends with each other 
  •  Be a part of the team.  
Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_089_Welcome_to_the_Fire_Service_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:47am EDT

In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Radio host, Ryan Pennington, welcome Sean Eagan from the Buffalo NY Fire Department.  Sean is a Truck Company Captain with deep roots in the engine company. Sean is teaching the Urban Company Engine company for the second year at FDIC.    



Ryan and Sean talk about:


The urban Mindset

Training like an urban firefighter

Ideas of gaining experience as a Young Jumpseat Firefighter

Practice makes permanent




SEAN EAGEN is a 20-year veteran of the fire service and a captain with the Buffalo (NY) Fire Department. He is a part-time instructor for the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control, Special Operations Branch. He is a New York State Ambassador for ISFSI. 

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_088_Urban_Firefighting_with_Sean_Eagan__mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:54pm EDT

You are comfortable where you're at. 
    When was the last time you were pushed to your limits
    How do you honestly Judge your Fireground performance 
    Does it take a mistake or a near miss to change it  
    Does it take a health scare or near miss to make you work harder. 
    Tim McGraw “live like you are dying 
You are putting your needs ahead of the others. 
    Station life is hard. 
    Supporting your officer 
    Pushing your firefighters around you 
    Being selfish in needs…  What makes your comfortable whether its television, or “creature comforts’ 
    Not mission focused..  Gear prep, response, prep  
    Don’t know your area enough 
You won’t allow yourself to Fail or be embarrassed  
    You don’t see yourself from the outside in 
     You're see you skills and abilities as good enough 
    You see your fitness as good enough  
    All your fires have gone out so far. 
    Nothing bad has happened. 
How do you want to push yourself and others.  
 Is your company the go-to company.   
How do you evaluate your performance 
Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_087_3_Reasons_why_you_Fail__mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:08pm EDT


In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington welcomes Fire Chief Brian Soller from the Rock Hill Fire Department.  Chief Soller runs a instagram page that is FULL of motivation, fitness, all based around the Volunteer Fire Departments. Chief shares his challenges and success on a daily basis with social media to encourage and motivate ALL firefighters. 


Topics Covered:


  • Firehouse Motivation
  • Fitness in the Volunteer Fire Service
  • How to Just Start
  • Chief Soller’s Medical Scare


Chief Brian Soller has been an active volunteer firefighter for twenty-nine years. He is current Chief of the Rock Hill Fire District in Sullivan County NY, which is one-hundred percent volunteer organization.

Chief Soller is a State of NY Fire Instructor and serves with the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. He Has been a EMT-B of seventeen years and is a Swift Water Technician and Fire Officer 1


Instagram @Chief soller

Twitter @ChiefSoller


Email ChiefSoller@gmail.com

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_086_Cranked_it_up_with_Chief_Soller_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:39am EDT

In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Radio host, Ryan Pennington, sits down with Eric Wheaton from the website VentEnterSearch.com.  Eric is an active contributor to the fire service in the subjects of Truck Work, primarily without a hose line.   



In this weeks podcast Ryan and Eric talk about:


Truck Work

Motivation the older generation

Pushing your crews to improve


Eric Wheaton is a second generation fireman for Winter Park Fire Department and is currently assigned as a Lieutenant on Truck 61. Eric has spent a majority of his career on the Truck Company. He is an instructor for the Special Operations and Truck Company Programs at Valencia College's Central Florida Fire Institute.


Eric also serves on Winter Park Fire Department Technical Rescue Team and is member of the Florida Task Force Four Urban Search and Rescue Team



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Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_085_Eric_from_Vent_Enter_Search_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:24am EDT

In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Seat Radio host, Ryan Pennington, welcomes Jason Patton from the Fire Department Chronicles.  Jason is a Firefighter-Paramedic in South Florida who creates content  based on things that happen around the firehouse. He captures moments most firefighters experience while responding to emergencies and living in a firehouse.  His videos have been have viewed millions of times and he has went viral on multiple occasions. 


In this episode Jason pulls back the curtain and shares?


  • His reason for starting the Fire Department Chronicles
  • How he thinks of the video ideas
  • Humors affects on firefighters
  • and much more



Make sure to share this podcast across ALL you social media platforms.  Us the #JumpseatNation

Please leave a comment and hit the 5 Star ratings so more firefighters can find join the  #JumpseatNATION


Jumpseat Radio Podcast is brought to you by:


Foxfury Lighting solutions company


You can find them at foxfury.com/jumpseat


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Associate sponsor’s of the podcast are:


Chief Miller.   @Chief_Miller_ on Instagram


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Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_084_Fire_Department_Chronicles.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:20am EDT

Jumpseat Radio 083 

4  Ways we can Stay Focused on the positive inside the Firehouse 
  1. Don’t choose the 30,000 Foot view of the firehouse
    1. Let's Face it all FDS have issues 
    2. Can you solve a Department wide issue during your shift
    3. It's easy to see the faults in anything 
    4. Why do we tend to focus on Negative 
  2. Find a goal for the day 
    1. Win the day 
    2. Progressing or advancement doesn’t happen without small steps 
    3. Cant eat the elephant at once 
    4. Focus in on small Goals, area orientation, SÇBA managements, etc…  “Your One THING"
  3. Concentrate on YOU..
    1. Who can you affect….
    2. We don’t like to hear our weakness 
    3. We don’t like being exposed  
    4. We don’t like being seen as weak
  4. Find the Positive 
    1. Take the 5 shift/ 5 drill night challenge 
    2. Concentrate on what you are saying 
    3. Seek the Positive or as Jocko Say it  (Good0 
    4. Stay aggressively Positive 

This Podcast is Sponsored by:


Foxfury Lighting Solutions   You can Find them at Foxfury.com/jumpseat

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Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_083_4_Ways_to_Stay_Positive__mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:33am EDT

Jumpseat Radio 082 Sit Down with National Fire Radio


In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Radio host, Ryan Pennington, visits the National Fire Radio Studios in New Jersey.  Ryan and the crew has a great 2 hour podcast on their platform and switched it up to talk on Jumpseat Radio.


Topics Covered in this podcast


  • Tradition
  • Senior Man
  • Three types of Firefighters.




Check out National Fire Radio



Instagram @National_Fire_Radio


Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_082_National_Fire_Radio_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:49am EDT

Jumpseat Radio 081 Maybe you are the Problem


In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Radio Ryan and Pip grab the microphones and talk about some listener feedbacks questions. One of the biggest blessing that comes from the Jumpseat Radio podcast is the feedback and questions from the listeners. This weeks question comes from a listener and sparks up a deep conversation about inside the firehouse.



Content includes:


  • Face Down in the Arena Moments
  • Sharing feelings
  • Showing weakness




Book Referenced: Rising Strong written by Brene Brown



Official Sponsors of the Jumpseat Radio


Fox Fury Lighting Solutions  FoxFury.com

Vanguard Safety Wear          VanguardSafetywear.com




Associate Sponsors


Chief Miller    Instagram @Chief_Miller_


Royce Shields         RoyceShields.com  Use the Code Jumpseat at Checkout for 13% Discount    

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_081_Maybe_you_are_the_problem__mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:32am EDT

Jumpseat Radio 080 The Op Mindset with Jeff Banman


In this weeks podcast host, Ryan Pennington, sits down with former CIA Operator and Former Army Ranger Jeff Banman from the OpMIndset.com.  Jeff has spent his entire career teaching and researching the operator mindset. 


Ryan and Jeff talk about

What is the OpMindset

How the Stack effect works

The 10 Foot Rule

The 30 Degree rule







Podcast is sponsored by Chief Miller

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Twitter       @Chief_Miller_

Website   https://www.chiefmillerapparel.com/

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_080_Op_Mindset__mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:47am EDT

In this weeks podcast host, Ryan Pennington, sits down to share a response from inside the closed Facebook Group.   A listener responded to the question “what are you struggling with inside your fire department”.  The listener responded with my department is reactive not proactive. 

This is a statement shared by many firefighters around the world.  Who is responsible for the department being this way?   Is it YOU?



Listen in as Ryan shares some ways YOU can become a ProActive Firefighter. 



This podcast is sponsored by Chief Miller.  Chief Miller operates the largest Social Media page dedicated to the men and women of the fire service from around the world.  


Instagram @Chief_Miller_

Twitter       @Chief_Miller_

Website   https://www.chiefmillerapparel.com/

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_079_Can_you_be_ProActive_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:39am EDT

Jumpseat Radio 078 is designed for that firefighter who desires to turn a passion for the fire service into a career in the fire service.  To find your way into a career position it takes a clearly defined map and TONS of Hard work.  

In this episode Ryan shares 

  • How to start your plan 
  • Making list 
  • Starting Cpat Prep 
  • Get after it  

This podcast is sponsored by Chief Miller the largest instagram page dedicated to the men and women of the fire service from around the world.  

Make sure to share this podcast on ALL your social media platforms. 


Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_078_Turn_a_passion_into_a_profession__mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:56pm EDT

In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Radio hosts Ryan Pennington and Robert “pip” Piparo continue their conversation in New Jersey.  The two talk about turning off the phones and paying attention to the members in the firehouse and your family at home.


Topics Covered:


  • Mental Health
  • Counseling
  • Paying attention to the people around you
  • Being present in the moments of your life.



This podcast is sponsored by Chief Miller.  Chief Miller operates the largest Social Media page dedicated to the men and women of the fire service from around the world.  

Instagram @Chief_Miller

Twitter       @Chief_Miller

Website   https://www.chiefmillerapparel.com/

Direct download: jumpseat_radio_077_Be_responsibly__present__in_your_life_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:21pm EDT

In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington sits down with James Geering from Behind the Shield Podcast. James is the host of an amazing podcast that focuses on the personal story of amazing public servant’s from all the services.  James and Ryan did a host/guest session where they recorded podcasts for both their shows in Orlando Florida. 


Topics Covered.


  • Sleep deprivation
  • James Stunt man life
  • Expectations of Firefighters




I was born in England and spent almost thirty years there before emigrating to the U.S.  My early years saw me in in a spectrum of jobs from lifeguard to stuntman.  I had always dreamed of becoming a Firefighter but was told as a child that my poor color vision would disqualify me from the process.  It wasn't until I moved to America that I realized that the vision deficit was mild and was a poor excuse for not following my dream.  I promptly enrolled in the Fire Academy and the rest is history.  I have been a Firefighter/Paramedic for twelve years now and still love it as much as my first day on the job.  I am also a Crossfit coach and about to graduate from the University of Florida with a Bachelor's in Exercise Physiology and Kinesiology.

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_076_Behind_the_Shield.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:39am EDT

In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Radio host, Ryan Pennington, welcomes back the cohost and best friend of the #JumpseatNation Robert “Pip” Piparo. This podcast was recorded live in the house of Pip in Central New Jersey.  Ryan was in New Jersey for a local teaching event and drove down to meet pip for a SURPRISE 40th Birthday.   


During the visit Ryan and Pip cranked out three podcasts, all while Pip had NO idea that his buds were on the way to surprise him for his birthday. 


Inside Podcast #1 Pip and Ryan talk about how to change anything in your life.


Covered in the Podcast:


  • Pips secret to making a change
  • Small adjustments lead to big changes
  • Your not Dead
  • Get better tomorrow



This podcast is sponsored by Chief Miller.  Chief Miller operates the largest Social Media page dedicated to the men and women of the fire service from around the world.  

Instagram @Chief_Miller

Twitter       @Chief_Miller

Website   https://www.chiefmillerapparel.com/

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_075_Pips_secret_to_changing_anything___mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:50am EDT

In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington welcomes Chief Miller.  Chief Miller is the title sponsor of Jumpseat Radio and runs the largest instagram page dedicated to the men and women of the Fire Service around the world. 


This weeks episode covers


  • Chief Miller’s History
  • Social Media
  • Instagram
  • Posting on the social platforms


This podcast is sponsored by Chief Miller.  Chief Miller operates the largest Social Media page dedicated to the men and women of the fire service from around the world.  

Instagram @Chief_Miller

Twitter       @Chief_Miller

Website   https://www.chiefmillerapparel.com/

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_074_Who_is_Chief_Miller.mp3
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Jumpseat Radio 073 Do you really get it?


In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington welcomes back Chief Rick Lasky to finish their conversation. Chief Lasky shares his thoughts on why today’s firefighters should be learning from the past.


Covered in this episode:

  • What It is
  • Who gets it
  • Learning from history
  • Where to find history lessons
  • How to apply the lessons learned



This podcast is sponsored by Chief Miller.  Chief Miller operates the largest Social Media page dedicated to the men and women of the fire service from around the world.  


Instagram @Chief_Miller

Twitter       @Chief_Miller

Website   https://www.chiefmillerapparel.com/



Rick Lasky, a 38-year veteran of the fire service, served as chief of the Lewisville (TX) Fire Department for 12 years, prior to that as Fire Chief in Coeur d'Alene Idaho. Most recently, he was interim Chief for the Trophy Club (TX) Fire Department. Rick followed in his father’s footsteps beginning his career as a firefighter in the suburbs on the southwest side of Chicago and has been a line firefighter-paramedic, company grade officer, training officer and command-level officer.

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_073_Do_you_really_get_it.mp3
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Jumpseat Radio 072 Honor WOD with Brute Force Training


In this episode of Jumpseat Radio host, Ryan Pennington, welcomes back Robert Piparo and Justin Eberle from Brute Force Training.  This is the second podcast with the brute force crew recorded on the same day with Pip.


In this session the fellas talk about:


  • Training with a purpose
  • Honoring the fallen
  • Brute Force Sand Bags
  • How to join the Brute Force Team



This podcast is sponsored by Chief Miller.  Chief Miller operates the largest Social Media page dedicated to the men and women of the fire service from around the world.  


Instagram @Chief_Miller

Twitter       @Chief_Miller

Website   https://www.chiefmillerapparel.com/

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_072_Honor_WOD_with_Brute_Force_.mp3
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In this weeks Jumpseat Radio host,Ryan Pennington, welcomes Chief Rick Lasky to the podcast. The two talk about his experience getting started in the fire service.  Chief Lasky’s start in the fire business was not a “normal” beginning.  He shares his amazing story of how it all started.



In this episode Ryan and Chief Lasky talk about:

  • Rick’s fire service start
  • How one person changed his life
  • How you can mentor young firefighters
  • The senior firefighter position


This podcast is sponsored by Chief Miller.  Chief Miller operates the largest Social Media page dedicated to the men and women of the fire service from around the world.  


Instagram @Chief_Miller

Twitter       @Chief_Miller

Website   https://www.chiefmillerapparel.com/

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_071_Talk_with_Chief_Lasky__mixdown.mp3
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Jumpseat Radio 070 Brute Force Training 01

In this week episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington welcomes his partner in crime Robert Piparo.  The guys welcome in Justin Eberle Director of operations for Brute Force Training maker of the Brute Force Sand Bags built for the Tactical Athlete.


Topics covered in today’s podcast:


  • Tactical athletic training
  • Brute Force Training
  • Developing Tactical Training
  • Taking Risks to bring product to market
  • How Firefighters can train with low cost sand bags
Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_070_Brute_Force_Podcast_01_.mp3
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In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Radio host, Ryan Pennington, welcomes back Robert Piparo and Nick Dinges for the second podcast recorded from Illinois. This episode was recorded on the same night as podcast 068 and takes it to the next level. 

Listen in as the three talk about:


  • Fire Behavior
  • Firefighter Behavior
  • Flashover Can
  • Lessons Learned



Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_069_Cornfield_Conversations__mixdown.mp3
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Jumpseat Radio 068 Live from the Midwest


In this episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington welcomes back Robert Piparo from 555 Fitness.  Along with Pip this week Jumpseat Radio introduces you to Nick Dinges.  Nick is a awesome student, instructor, and business owner based out of Amboy Illinois.  Nick, Pip, and Ryan were in town doing some videos work and sat down to have an awesome discussion on the current issues facing today’s fire service. 


Topics included:


  • Firefighter Cancer Prevention
  • Flashover Lessons
  • Neat Engine Cover
  • The power of Corn


This podcast is sponsored by Chief Miller.  Chief Miller operates the largest Social Media page dedicated to the men and women of the fire service from around the world. 

Instagram @Chief_Miller

Twitter       @Chief_Miller

Website   https://www.chiefmillerapparel.com/

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_068_Live_from_the_Midwest__mixdown.mp3
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Jumpseat Radio 067 Firefighters are NOT special



Welcome back to the Jumpseat Radio Podcast.  In this week’s episode host Ryan Pennington welcomes back a Robert Piparo.  Pip is on location somewhere on the east coast with a special mission.  He joins Ryan to talk about how firefighters are normal folks who perform in extraordinary conditions. 


Topics covered this week include.


Where is PIP

Why do we think we are “special”

How to stay mission focused.



This podcast is sponsored by Chief Miller.  Chief Miller operates the largest Social Media page dedicated to the men and women of the fire service from around the world. 


Instagram @Chief_Miller

Twitter       @Chief_Miller

Website   https://www.chiefmillerapparel.com/


Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_067_mixdown.mp3
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Welcome to Jumpseat Radio…..   
In this weeks podcast its time to direct some of our energy away from debating pushing fire and spend it toward pushing firefighters.  Pushing firefighters to improve themselves.   Whether you are the superstar in you house or the snot nosed new guy we all should lean on each other to improve our performance.  The days of standing around watching the “new” firefighters are gone.  
New sponsor for Jumpseat Radio..    
We would like to welcome chief miller as our new Podcast sponsor. Chief miller operates the Largest Instagram page dedicated to the men and women of the fire service from around the world.  You can find his page at Chief_Miller on all social media platforms and at chiefmillerapparel.com
So todays podcast title Pushing Firefighters is going to be about the 5 skills you should be practicing everyday you pull on your fire boots.   they are essential for your success as a firefighter, officer, or chief,    
  1. PPE Donning and Doffing 
    1. often overlooked and complacent 
    2. Seems to be a skill that provides frustrations 
    3. Can KILL YOU. 
    4. Can slow you down on the foreground…  share rookie   story    
  2. Portable ladders 
    1. Knowing their capabilities of reach 
    2. one,2, 3 person throwing,,, balance points….    
    3. deployment speed 
  3. Stretching 
    1. Identifying all loads 
    2. Know how to deploy each 
    3. How to compensate for snags, bad stretches, and obstacles
    4. Doing this with PPE ON 
  4. Catching a Hydrant 
    1. Should I have to explain this one 
    2. This skill can be overlooked 
    3. Add in problems, Stuck cap,   close fence,  broken wrench  
  5. Knowing your rig 
    1. I can’t explain what its like working on 4 different rigs on 4 different days 
    2. knowing all the details 
    3. Just because you have been riding on it a while don’t complacent  
All of the previous topics can be often overlooked and taken for granted.  If we take together as a crew and push each other to keep practicing, drilling, and heck even having challenges between firefighters we can make our company into the Best company .  
Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_066_Pushing_Firefighters__mixdown.mp3
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Jumpseat Radio 065 Are you an Expert


Welcome back to this weeks Jumpseat Radio where host Ryan Pennington welcomes back Robert Piparo.  Ryan and Pip share some comments on the recent social media post from Paul Combs.  Paul shared an amazing drawing of a Picture of a Fire Helmet talking about the firefighters who proclaim to be experts on a given topic. 


During the Podcast the fella’s talk about


  • Sharing information
  • How to stay grounded
  • What to do when people request access




Robert Piparo


Rob Piparo, better known as Pip, is a Lieutenant with the City of New Brunswick Fire Department, located in New Brunswick, NJ and a Paramedic with Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, NJ. He has been involved with emergency services for 17 years. Pip holds certifications as a Firefighter 1 & 2, NJ Level 1 Fire Instructor, Extrication, High Angle and Confined Space Technician, NJ and National Registry Paramedic, and Crossfit Level I. 


Pip has always been passionate about fitness. He spent several years running half marathons and training strictly with kettlebells until he discovered Crossfit. He is currently a Coach at Iron Crossfit in North Brunswick, NJ . He has also completed a marathon and an Olympic distance triathlon with hopes of someday being able to compete in an ironman distance. 


Pip's passion for training lead him to the 555 Fitness page, where he quickly developed a friendship with Larry, its owner. After several months of back and forth banter, Larry asked Pip if he wanted to join the team. One could say the rest is history, but for now, we will just say we are too busy making history. email - pip@555fitness.com

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_065_Are_you_an_expert_mixdown.mp3
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Jumpseat radio 064 Hating the Firehouse


In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Radio host, Ryan Pennington, welcomes John Dixon back to have a conversation about dealing with a rut.  Ryan and John engage in a passionate conversation about inside the firehouse fixes for someone who is in a rut and needs help pulling themselves up.


In this episode John shares these topics:


  • Aggressively Positive
  • Finding you What, Why, and How
  • Feeding the Animal
  • Small things lead to big change




John Dixons Bio


John is a career fire officer with an urban fire department in New Jersey and has over 20 years in the fire service. He has earned his fire officer (FO) credentials from the Center for Public Safety Excellence and is a National Fire Academy Alumni. John has a passion for training, mentoring, and inspiring up-and-coming officers and firefighters. He has served as an Instructor with the Bergen County Fire Academy, a member of Project Kill the Flashover, and currently serves as the NJ State Lead Advocate for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_064_.mp3
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Jumpseat Radio 063  We are NOT perfect



In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington welcomes in John Hayowky and Chris Baker to talk about the pressure of trying to hard on the fireground.  Ryan and guest give some context to those firefighters who suffer the affects of peer pressure in their tasks while responding to emergencies. 

Points covered.


  • Allowing yourself to make mistakes
  • Overcoming common foreground mistakes
  • Setting reasonable expectations
  • Ryans saw story





John Hawowky: John Hayowyk Jr. has over 20 years in the fire service.  He is currently a Captain for the City of Passaic FD in NJ (Ladder 2).  John is also a NJ Certified Level 2 Fire Service Instructor and teaches at Passaic & Sussex County Public Safety Academies.  He also heads up of the Training Division for the Roxbury Twp. Volunteer Fire Dept and  is an active Fire Inspector & Arson Investigator and also maintains his EMT certification.


Chris Baker


Instructor Chris Baker has over 10 years of experience in volunteer, combination and career fire departments in California.  He started as a volunteer firefighter for the West Stanislaus Fire Protection District and the City of Patterson in 2006.  In 2007, Chris became a paid reserve Firefighter / Driver-Operator for the City of Patterson Fire Department.  He spent four seasons with CAL FIRE as a seasonal Firefighter, two years with the Chevron Fire Department as a Firefighter / Engineer and  three years as a Firefighter / Acting Engineer with a municipal fire department in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology from Pacific Lutheran University, Associates of Science Degree in Fire Service Command Company Officer from Shasta College.  He is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Emergency Services Administration.

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_63_We_are_Not_Perfect__mixdown.mp3
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In this episode of Jumpseat Radio host, Ryan Pennington uses the analogy of the Star Wars movies to discuss firefighters attitudes around the Firehouse.  Firefighters, like all other people, experience highs and low throughout their lives.  It is important for firefighters to seek out the positives and keep their attention on the mission. 


In this episode we cover:


The Dark Side

  • Fear
  • Anger
  • Hatred


The Light Side:

  • Knowledge
  • Appreciation
  • Camaraderie
  • Friendship
  • Service


Make sure to like, share, and subscribe to all the Social Media Platforms.

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_062_The_Darkside_of_the_Firehouse_mixdown.mp3
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Jumpseat Radio 061 Is Aggressive a bad word?


In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Radio host, Ryan Pennington talks about the word "Aggressive". For a long time many folks thought aggressive was not a word that should be used to describe a firefighter, rather an emotion that goes along with recklessness. 

Ryan uses a book from retired Navy Seal Jocko Willink to discuss how aggression is not a bad thing! 


Link to the Book:

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_60_Is_aggresion_a_bad_thing_mixdown.mp3
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Jumpseat Radio 060 Building Construction with James Johnson 


In this week's episode of Jumpseat Radio host, Ryan Pennington welcomes James Johnson from Vancouver Canada Fire Department. James is a FDIC instructor who covers building construction for the street level firefighter. 


Topics covered include 

  • Why there are more than 5 types of construction
  • What's behind those walls 
  • Top 3 things to learn about building construction 


James Twitter can be found Here: https://twitter.com/ffjamesjohnson



Direct download: JumpseatRadio060BuildingConstructionwithJamesJonhsonmixdown.mp3
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In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington Welcomes back John Dixon for a talk on his topic of the Normalization of Deviance. John has spent years researching how firefighters use excuses to rationalize the deviation from standard safety practice. 


This episode is full of useful takeaways that every level of firefighters can learn and apply today !


Johns Twitter https://twitter.com/InstructorDixon

Johns Website https://instructorjohndixon.com/


This episode welcomes a new sponsor. Vanguard Safety Wear, the maker of the MK-1 structural firefighting glove.   

Vanguards facebook page https://www.facebook.com/VanguardSafetyWear


Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_059__Being_a_Deviant_with_John_Dixon__mixdown.mp3
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Jumpseat Radio 058 Live interview with Frank Viscso and Doug Mitchell


On this weeks Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington sits down with two fire service leaders while on delay at Indianapolis International Airport. Listen in as these fire service leaders have a great conversation about fire ground operations, Leadership, and FDIC. 

This weeks episode my not have the best audio quality due to the location and some technical difficulties with recorder.  May need to adjust your volume during the podcast.  



Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_057_Live_fromt_they_INDY_Airport_wav.mp3
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Jumpseat Radio 057 PIO with Kevin Sur



In this weeks edition of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington welcomes his good friend, and PIO Master, Kevin Sur.  Kevin travels around the world serving in multiple roles with local, state, and federal government agencies preparing for emergencies. Kevin is a Social Media Master that teaches the benefits and uses of the multiple platforms to different agencies. 


In this podcast Ryan and Kevin talk about:


  • Benefits of social media
  • How jumpseat riders can use social media correctly
  • Explore resources where firefighters can find FREE education
  • Shares some history of the Hawaiian Fire Service.



Join in as the two high energy educators sit down for a view from the jumpseat.



Kevin T. Sur serves as an Emergency Management Instructor for Ohio Emergency Management Agency, as well as an Instructor for the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC), and in the External Affairs Cadre at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA).


Previously, he has served as a Program Officer-4 for the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management overseeing all Training/Outreach/Education/Exercises for Public Safety & Justice Services, Deputy Fire Chief at North Randall Fire and Bazetta Fire.

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio__057_PIO_with_Kevin_Sur.mp3
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In this week's episode of Jumpseat Radio Host Ryan Pennington welcomes various firefighters from around the globe for a google hangout session where they talk shop.  From Amsterdam to Oregon the crew joins in to talk shop!

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_056_-_Google_Roundtable_Discussion_.mp3
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In this week's episode of Jumpseat Radio host,Ryan Pennington,welcomes Pip from 555 Fitness. Ryan and Pip spend an hour talking about all things fire, fitness, and getting your fire station motivated to get fit!!!

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_055-_Eliminating_Excuses_with_Pip_.mp3
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Welcome back to the podcast for the hose totin, saw running, street level firefighters. We are BACK!  

After a one year break the jumpseat podcast is back and better than ever. In this episode host Ryan Pennington welcomes John Dixon on the show to fire up the JumpseatNation! 

Ryan and John share some insight on how to rekindle you passion for the fire service. 


Make sure to follow Ryan on twitter @JumpseatViews 

Make sure to Follo John on twitter @InstructorDixon 



Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_051_Rekindling_the_Jumpseat_Nation_.mp3
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It’s back!  Jumpseat Radio returns with a vengeance!  This week episode host Ryan Pennington shares some insight from two new books.  Episode 51 we share a powerful speech from President Rosevelt and how it applies to social media of today! 


Here is part of Presidents Rosevelt’s Speech:


It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.



Listen in and take the time to reflect on the last time you failed…….

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_051_Credit_belongs.......mp3
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In this episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington shares 3 cues and clues that a home is full of heavy content.  Heavy Content is a politically correct term used for first responders to identify and communicate findings of Hoarding in a respectful way. Using Heavy Content will describe the condition of the building and NOT the occupant.

Using the 3 cues and clues will allow first responders to suspect that the building is full. These common findings are seen throughout responses. While each one alone is NOT a 100% sure fire way of the presence of heavy content, combining one or more will.  Finding one or more should indicate a further assessment is necessary.


In this podcast these 3 cues will be covered.


  • Finding Blue Tarps
  • Cars Full of Stuff
  • Overgrown Vegetation


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Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_051_3_Clues_a_home_is_full_of_HeavyContent.mp3
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Keynote speech from Southern Alberta Fire Conference Keynote.  

Direct download: Keynote_Speech_Alberta_.mp3
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In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington welcomes Deputy Chief Frank Viscuso from Kearny NJ.  Frank is a Fire Engineering contributor, author of Step up and Lead, and is a national level speaker on the topic of leadership. 


In this powerful podcast Frank shares:


  • His college experience in rowing
  • Leadership is a constant evolution
  • Water boils at 212 degrees 
  • Leadership is a tour guide
  • How to step up your teamwork
  • Working hard is NOT Fun

Frank Viscuso is a career deputy chief, nationally recognized speaker, and author of six books, including the best-seller Step Up and Lead (PennWell, 2011) and the newly released follow-up book Step Up Your Teamwork. Frank is also co-creator of FireOpsOnline.com, a website that provides valuable free training, drills, and tips for firefighters who are serious about advancing their career.


As a speaker, Frank has the ability to move people to action. Over the past decade he has spoken to audiences in and outside the fire service on many topics that include leadership, team building, officer development, and customer service. His seminars are designed to introduce people to the top traits associated with leadership and to equip them with the skills needed to lead, inspire, and motivate their teams.



Frank works as a Tour Commander in Kearny, NJ. He and his wife reside in Toms River with their three boys. He can be reached by cell: 973-981-1505 or email: frank@commonvalor.com

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_50_Stepping_up_with_Frank_Viscuso.mp3
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In this weeks episode host Ryan Pennington sits down with Lars Ågerstrand from the Varnamo Fire and Rescue Service Sweden.  Lars travels the globe training firefighters on fire dynamics.  His science based approach to fire is a must see in the fire service!  


Topics Covered


  • History of fire training in Sweden
  • Swedish Container Fire Training
  • Surface Cooling
  • Gas Cooling
  • Beards in the Fire Service?


About Lars from SwedishFireNerd.com





Born and raised in northern Sweden I had no ambition to join the fire service. As youth passed by, a career behind a desk started to look more and more like prison. I ended up in Firefighting School and later in a fire service working as a firefighter. Today I serve as a Battalion Chief. Now I sit behind a desk most of my time. The irony of life. However, I keep my feet on the ground, training firefighters is still my main focus. In this new day of the technology age I realize that I can inspire and educate more firefighters through the computer. That idea keeps me motivated behind my desk.


I am standing on the shoulders of giants. Where would I be if I had not started asking questions to Stefan Svensson? Where would I be if I had not read Eurofirefighter by Paul Grimwood? Where would I be if I had not traveled to Croatia to meet Shan Raffel and John McDonough? The list of people that has greatly contributed to where I am today is far too long to mention here. But know that I am grateful.




The harder things I try to accomplish, the greater the risk of failing. I have tried many things where I have succeeded. But I have also failed many times. Being a Firenerd means learning from all experiences, and sharing them with others. That is why I call myself the Swedish Firenerd. With pride.




Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_46_Interview_with_the_Swedish_Fire_Nerd.mp3
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On February 3rd 2015 the citizens fire company was dispatched to a working fire with confirmed victims trapped.  First arriving companies found a two story balloon frame construction with Heavy Content Conditions and multiple victims.

Direct download: Citizens_fire_Company_Case_Study_.mp3
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In this episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington talks about preparing to be an aggressive firefighter. Often firefighters use the term “aggressive” to describe themselves and yet show up to emergencies unprepared. To be a true aggressive firefighter you have to aggressively prepare! 


Topics covered:  


  • How to harness that aggression to learning and practicing skills. 
  • Drilling Aggressively 
  • Spending time in High Heat Training…AKA BURNING 
  • Offensive interior
  • Defensive Interior 
  • Offensive exterior 
  • Defensive exterior 



In closing of the podcast Ryan shares a fundraiser for the National Fallen Firefighters by Dave Carroll. Head over to firehero.org to donate and download this amazing song!

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_48-_Directing_Agression_.mp3
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In this episode of Jumpseat Radio Ryan Pennington explores the concepts from the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill.  


Higher Achievement 


Habits of going the extra mile

Q: Quantity of Service 

Q: Quality of Service 

M: Mental 

A: Attitude




Napoleon Hill (October 26, 1883 – November 8, 1970) was an American author in the area of the new thought movement who was one of the earliest producers of the modern genre of personal-success literature. He is widely considered to be one of the great writers on success



Kevin Davison 


Kevin Davison - Making Music & Saving Lives


Canadian country music artist, Kevin Davison, has launched a country music career that is taking the industry by storm.



Kevin Davison released his highly anticipated single, “When Those Sirens Are Gone” from his forthcoming album, “Only Human”, February 27th on Canada AM. With release shows filling the calendar from March onward, this 20 year paramedic/firefighter turned country singer is in for a busy 2015. The new album will include 6 new tracks with the first single being “When Those Sirens Are Gone”, the tribute to PTSD and first responders, the rough video for which went viral in November 2014. Since its internet release, the video has had over 21,000 YouTube Views, over 120,000 Facebook views, and is continuing to reach people around the world.

Listen Here

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio-_047_Going_the_Extra_Mile_.mp3
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In this weeks podcast host Ryan Pennington catches up with the #JumpseatNation. It’s been a 2 month absences from podcasting and have a lot to catch up on.

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Topics Included:


Jumpseat Nation Salute to the Armed Forces

Postitive attitudes

Shifting focus from us to to them

Dave Carroll Releases “The Fallen and the Brave” to Raise Awareness and Funds for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Dave Carroll, the award-winning singer/songwriter known for his groundbreaking hit, “United Breaks Guitars,” today released “The Fallen and the Brave” to raise awareness and funds for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF).

Listen in Here Firehero.org

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_046-_This_podcast_is_Not_about_you.mp3
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In this episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington sits down with “The Average Jake “ Rob Owens to talk motivation in the firehouse.  Ryan and Rob have similar beliefs about keeping firefighters of all ages motivated to train, workout, and live the “Team Life” in the fire station.  

If you are ready to be FIRED UP…This is the podcast you are looking for. 


In this episode we will cover:


  • Intrinsic Motivation
  • Extrinsic Motivation
  • How to get you crew moving 
  • Ways to defeat Negativity 


Read more from Robby at AverageJakeFF.com 



Twitter @AverageJakeFF

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_45_Motivation_with_Robby_Owens__-_33015_9.17_PM.mp3
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Is this weeks firefighter friday we get fired up with John Dixon!  



Get prepared for the weekend!!  


Direct download: Firefighter_Friday_with_John_Dixon_.mp3
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Jumpseat Radio 044 Firefighter Families with Lori Mercer 


In this week episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington welcomes Lori Mercer from the firefighterwife.com.  Lori is the Chief Fire Wife for firefighter wife where she has established a community of wives that share information about being a wife/husband of a firefighter. 


In this episode Lori Discusses:


  • Transition from on calls to at home 
  • Recognizing the signs of a stressed firefighter spouse
  • Opening communication between firefighter and spouse
  • 3 tips to start the communication process
  • Dealing with being apart during shift work 



Lori Mercer 

Lori with Husband Dan

Meet the "WifeOnFire" Behind This Community


I am Lori Mercer AKA "WifeOnFire" and founder of this community.   My husband Dan is the firefighter who qualifies me for this noble title and who so courageously has chosen to lead with Husband and Dad as his most important titles, even before that already amazing title of Firefighter.



Together we give our all at parenting our 4 kids (as of Feb 2015 ages 15, 12, 10 and 7).   When we were newlyweds and the kids were toddlers and pre-schoolers and I was seemingly always pregnant or nursing non-stop, we were a bit of a train wreck.  And I partially blamed the fire service.  By the grace of God we survived!  And we're here to share our story and make a safe haven of encouragement for others fire families.

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_044_FireFighter_Famlies_with_Lori_Mercer_.mp3
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Tac group 

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MABAS Called 

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Dipatch Channel 

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In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington welcomes in FF Anton (Tony) Spagnoletti from Winston Salem NC fire department Rescue 1. Tony shares his remarkable story of suffering a STEMI while on duty at Rescue 1.  


During this powerful podcast he shares:


  • The physical pain of a STEMI ( S-T Segment Elevated Myocardial Infarction, of Heart attack)
  • His faith and it’s affect during and after his heart attack 
  • How the brother firefighters, ambulance crew, and hospital came together that day 
  • How it felt to wake up after stent placement and seeing all the firefighters gathered
  • What it felt like after becoming pulseless
  • His return to work
    How we can help prevent the same thing 


Tonys Bio


Tony is a Firefighter for the Winston Salem Fire Dept. where he has served over 27 years.  He is currently assigned to Rescue 1, the only rescue truck in the city, that responds to all working fires and technical rescues. 



After the show…..


Once we ended the podcast Tony called back to share this confirming experiences following his return to active firefighting duty.  He describe it as a series of events that proved that God is continuing to watch over him. 


 While on an airplane ride to a mission trip, after returning to work, Tony began to read “Is Heaven Real.” He quickly realized that he shared the same birthday as Colton Burpo,the boy the book is written about.Tony found it odd that of all birthdays, they shared the same.  On the same plane ride  a passenger noticed the book he was reading and shared that she too had the same birthday, May 19th, Tony again was shown God’s direction in his life.  As the final topping on the cake on May 19th, his birthday, Tony was eating Chinese food and opened a fortune cookie that read:   “God looks after you especially”





“Ryan I have eaten Chinese Food my entire life I had never seen a fortune like this”, Tony explained.  “Until this very day I carry this fortune with me as a reminder that God is watching over me.”

In this audio Chamber of Hoarders Ryan Pennington interviews Battalion Chief David Brosnahan.  David has taken suggestions learned from Hoarder Homes: Piles of Hazards for Firefighters presentation and apply them to his departments operation.

In this audio recording Ryan and David talk in detail about the Roseville’s hoarding reporting system.  Since it’s inception Roseville’s reporting system has identified 25 structures that exhibit some level of hoarding.  Using this system on non fire situations allows crews to identify these buildings and begin to identify occupancy, access routes, structural stability, and stretch locations. 


Listen in as Ryan and David share their examples of successful system that is in service and collecting information in Roseville Minnesota’s fire district. 



Direct download: Chamber_of_Hoarder_Case_Study_Roseville_Minnesota.mp3
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Its firefighter friday. 

Tips for Firefighter Mental Health from Mark Lamplugh and Host Ryan Pennington

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_Firefighter_Friday_Mental_Health_Tips_.mp3
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Jumpseat Radio 041: Mental Health Help for Todays Firefighters 


In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington welcomes in Mark Lamplugh from the American Addictions Center to talk about mental health in the fire service.  With the number of firefighters struggling with addiction, substance abuse, and suicide Mark shares some insight on:


  • Watching out for other firefighters in the firehouse
  • Recognizing signs of trouble in yourself
  • Where to reach out for help 
  • The growing number of suicides in the fire service
  • Resources available (For Free) to firefighters 







Mark Lamplugh Jr. is a 4th generation firefighter and former Captain with the Lower Chichester Fire Company. He is now a national treatment consultant with American Addiction Centers specializing in First Responder Services.  Mark has placed and referred 100’s of firefighters nationwide.  Mark dedicates his life making sure every firefighter gets the help they need for Addiction and Mental Health issues.  He can be reached for comment at mlamplugh@contactaac.com or 888-731-FIRE. 

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_041-_Mental_Health_Help_for_todays_firefighters.mp3
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Jumpseat Radio 041 Live Fire Training with David Brosnaham 

In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington sits down with Battalion Chief David Brosnaham from Roseville Minnesota.  David is a Live fire instructor with a local community and technical college where he burns 3-4 times a month.  David and Ryan talk about 


  • Fire Dynamics in live burn vs. real world
  • Scenario based live fire training 
  • Live fire training for rookies vs experienced 


Davids Bio 

David Brosnahan is a battalion chief with the Roseville, Minn., Fire Department. His primary job is the coordination of the day-to-day operations at Roseville Fire. Chief Brosnahan holds a bachelor of arts degree from Hamline University and a graduate certificate in Public Health Emergency Response from the University of Minnesota.  Chief Brosnahan is a certified fire instructor, Live Burn 1403 instructor and a fire instructor with Hennepin Technical College teaching NFPA 1001 and Live Burn training.


Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_041_Live_Fire_Training_with_Dave_Brosnahan.mp3
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In this weeks Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington sits down with the members of Engine House Training live at Missouri Winter Fire School.  The group discusses how Engine Company Training started with firefighter safety and survival and evolved into basic fireground function. 


Inside this Live Recording you will find:


  • Discussion basic hose advancement 
  • Hoseline selections
  • Need for Firefighter Bailouts
  • Techniques for Bailouts 
  • Engine House HOT session at FDIC 2015



Engine House Training 


Engine House Training LLC specializes in hands on practical training for Firefighters. Our classes are geared to both career and volunteer fire departments, and focuses on individual skills of Rapid Intervention Team Members, as well as implementation of team dynamics.




Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_40-_Bailouts_with_Engine_House_Training_.mp3
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In this LIVE episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington sets down with the members of the Fire Alumni and Deputy Chief Steve Prziborowski to talk about entry level firefighter testing and promotional testing. 


This episode was recorded live in San Diego California during Firehouse World 2015. The group engage is conversation about:


Entry Level Testing

Mentoring once hired

Promotional Preparation

What is the Fire Alumni





Steve Prziborowski

Deputy Chief, Santa Clara County, CA, FD


Steve Prziborowski, a firehouse.com Contributing Editor, is a Deputy Chief with the Santa Clara County (Los Gatos, CA) Fire Department, and a Fire Technology Instructor at Chabot College (Hayward, CA). Steve has a Master’s Degree in Emergency Services Administration, is a State Certified Master Instructor, and has completed the Executive Fire Officer Program. Steve has been published in all of the major fire service publications including Firehouse, is a frequent speaker at fire service events such as Firehouse World and Expo, and was selected as the 2008 Ed Bent California Fire Instructor of the year.



Bob Atlas

Battalion Chief, Contra Costa, CA, FD

Bob Atlas is a Battalion Chief with Contra Costa Fire, is on the career development committee, is a Certified Oral Board Rater and has been coaching candidates since 1999. He is Co-Owner of Fire Alumni and has a B.S. in Engineering & A.S. in Fire Science.


Fire Alumni Staff 



Jumpseat Radio 038: Brining Back the Brotherhood with Andy Starnes



In this weeks Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington welcomes Andy Starnes from BringingBacktheBrotherhood.com.  Andy is active in sharing the message of firefighters responsibility to each other and faith based assistance while establishing a well rounded life. 


Being a firefighter is more than just running calls and Andy is quickly becoming THE go to person for firefighter personal development. 

Listen in as Andy Talks about:




Looking after each other


Kill the flashover



Andy is 2nd generation firefighter and a Career Captain with over 24 years of experience in the fire service. He is passionate about teaching, encouraging and supporting up and coming firefighters with biblically principled messages on where to draw our strength from and why living a God centered life is extremely rewarding.  Andy believes to be a great firefighter & leader, we need to be more than one dimensional.  That firefighting tactics are important and great, but not enough to be a great servant leader.


Andy is a Level II instructor with an associate degree of Applied Science in Fire Protection Technology.  He is  very knowledgeable on modern fire behavior and also serves as a member of Kill the Flashover Project and the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb.



Andy and his wife Sarah  reside in Charlotte, NC with their daughter Emma.

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio-_Bringing_Back_the_Brotherhood_with_Andy_Starnes.mp3
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Jumpseat Radio Firefighter with Andy Starnes from Bringing Back the Brotherhood. 



Get motivated and PUMPED for a great weekend!!!!

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_FireFighter_Friday_w_Andy_Starnes.mp3
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Firefighter Friday 003- With Mike Daley!  


Direct download: Firefighter_Friday_with_Mike_Daley.mp3
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Jumpseat Radio 037: Communication from the Front Seat to the Jumpseat with Lt. Mike Daley 


In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington welcomes in Lt. Mike Daley from New Jersey.  Ryan and Mike share their experience from presenting a classroom session where the two share the communication challenges and success between officer and firefighters.  In the session the two instructors break down:


  • Ladder of Abstracts 
  • Communications from the officer to Firefighter
  • Communications from the Firefighter to Officer 
  • Common terminology 
  • Building the base of Communications







LT. MICHAEL DALEY, a Firehouse.com Contributing Editor, serves with the Monroe Township Fire District No. 3 and he was recently earned the Master Fire Instructor certification from the ISFSI. He is an instructor at the Middlesex County Fire Academy where he developed rescue training curriculum and serves on New Jersey Task Force 1. He is a managing member of Fire Service Performance Concepts and a monthly columnist on Firehouse.com.


In this weeks jumpseat Radio Firefighter Friday host Ryan Pennington talks about setting some realistic goals for your best year ever, 2015!

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_Firefighter_Friday_002.mp3
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In this weeks Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington welcomes David B Rutherford.  David is a retired Navy Seal and a motivational speaker. David’s Froglogic Concept teaches everyone to embrace Fear.  His energy is electric in all of his endeavors. 


In this show Ryan and David talk about:


  • FrogLogic
  • Earning your spot everyday
  • Embracing Fear
  • Learning from Failure
  • Davids past experiences that lead to FrogLogic 




Froglogic Concepts, LLC. was created by Navy SEAL David Rutherford in 2006. David and his teammates at Team Froglogic hope to bring a fresh approach to the world of motivational speaking, corporate team building, self-help books, and inspirational videos. He is determined to entertain, inspire and help people around the world by supplying powerful motivational training programs and content. As one of the best motivational entertainment company’s in the industry, David and his elite squad offer to motivate you and your team through a variety of media outlets and retail options.

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_036_Embrace_Fear_with_Froglogic_.mp3
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The first episode of Firefighter Friday with a vist from Vent Enter Search's own Jimm Walsh

Direct download: Firefighter_Friday__Quick_tip_001.mp3
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In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington welcomes in a group of fire officer, firefighters, and chief officers from the New York and New Jersey area.  Listen in as the group talks about:


  • Cyanide and Co Exposure
  • Your Fire Service Draft Card
  • Hands on Training 
  • Bridging the gap between book learning and street learning 



It was an honor to record with this group of fire service leaders:  


John Hayowyk Jr


John Hayowyk Jr. has over 20 years in the fire service.  He is currently a Lieutenant for the City of Passaic FD in NJ (Ladder 1).  John is also a NJ Certified Level 2 Fire Service Instructor and teaches at Passaic & Sussex County Public Safety Academies.  He also heads up of the Training Division for the Roxbury Twp. Volunteer Fire Dept and  is an active Fire Inspector & Arson Investigator and also maintains his EMT certification.


Robert Fling


Robert has over 17 years in the fire service and is currently Assistant  Chief with the Dix Hills Fire Department, Long Island, NY.  Robert is passionate about the fundamentals of firefighting and the important role they play in building our future firefighters and leaders.


John Dixon



John is a career Lieutenant with the Teaneck Fire Dept (NJ) and has over 16 years in the fire service.  John has a passion for the fire service and for training , mentoring and inspiring up and coming officers.  He also serves as an Instructor with the Bergen  County Fire Academy(NJ).

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_035_Table_talk_at_Dix_HIlls_Fire_Dept._.mp3
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In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington interviews Dan Kerrigan.  Dan had written a spot on article on Fire Engineering Blog Community titled  Renewing the Fire Service, Tradition Starts with YOU. In this interview he shares views and opinions of what he sees during everyday operations of fire departments.  Needless to say the article was a direct hit! 


In this interview Ryan and Dan Discuss:


  • Fire Service than and now 
  • Taking care of our own 
  • Wearing your Seatbelt 
  • Throwing Ladders
  • Jumpseat Ready 
  • Getting off the Couch




Dan’s Bio:


Dan Kerrigan is a 28 year veteran of the fire service, serving in positions from Firefighter through Deputy Fire Chief. His tenure includes time in volunteer, combination and career organizations of varying size and complexity, and it includes significant experience in operations, administration, risk reduction, health and wellness, emergency management, research, training, and professional development.



Currently Assistant Fire Marshal/Deputy Emergency Mgmt. Coordinator (rank equivalent Asst. Chief) for East Whiteland Township, he is also active in a number of organizations including the Southeastern PA Regional Fire Task Force, where he serves as an Operations Deputy Leader for the Chester County Fire Task Force.

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_034_Traditions_Starts_with_You_with_Dan_Kerrigan.mp3
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Jumpseat Radio 032: Jumpseat Situational Awareness with Rich Gasaway



In this episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington welcomes his mentor of over 20 years, Dr. Rich Gasaway.  Rich is THE go to authority on (SA) Situational Awareness.  His resume includes numerous articles, lectures, and programs presented around the world. In this interview  Rich shares how he became interested in and finished years of research in decision making under stressful conditions. 


Topics Covered,

Rich’s introduction into SA

Individual SA

Team Sa 

Tips for Developing Jumpseat SA

Mentoring in the Fire Service

Concept or Pay it Forward! 



Listen in to this interactive podcast through to the end and discover how to apply for a scholarship sponsored by Dr. Gasaway to VCOS 2015!  










RICHARD B. GASAWAY, Ph.D., served 30 years in public safety, including 22 years as a chief fire officer, before retiring in 2009. He holds bachelor’s, master’s and a doctor of philosophy degrees in finance, economics, business administration and leadership and is the principal consultant at the Gasaway Consulting Group. Dr. Gasaway is the host of the Leader’s Toolbox podcast radio show on Firehouse.com and runs the Situational Awareness Matters! website www.SAMatters.com.



Twitter @RichGasaway

Facebook   facebook.com/SAmatters

Website  SAMatters.com 


Podcast  SAMatters Radio 

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_032_Check_up_with_Dr._Rich_Gasaway.mp3
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Jumpseat Radio 031: Ironman Fireman Rob



In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington welcomes Fireman Rob Verhelst. Rob has been motivating and inspiring thousands of people around the world by competing in triathlons in FULL TURNOUT GEAR.  His signature distance is a full ironman, 140.6 miles in less than 17 hours!  His story is inspiring as he gives back to the fire service and many other charities. 

In this episode Ryan and Rob talk about:


Robs history of service

Racing triathlons in Full turnout gear

His Kona experience

Motivating firefighters

How you can be an ironman


Fireman Rob


Madison, WI



 I consider myself a unique & passionate athlete who strives to motivate others to be part of something bigger than themselves. I started competing in triathlons in 2005 and in July of 2011, started the journey of Hope and Inspiration. I've completed 15 Ironman distance and 6 Half Ironman distance triathlons in full firefighter gear (weight 50 lbs).  

Although I certainly receive an overwhelming feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment, I participate in each event to help raise awareness and show people that they are #ABLE to do more than they think if they are willing to take the first step.



Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_031__Ironman_FiremanRob.mp3
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Jumpseat Radio 030: Talking Training with Nick Martin. 


In this weeks Jumpseat Radio podcast host Ryan Pennington sits down for a talk with Battalion Chief Nick Martin of the Columbia SC Fire Department. Nick is a instructor for the Traditions Training group and the training chief for Columbia. He is very active training firefighters all over north america.  

Included in this episode:


Nicks fire service background

Essential qualities of a firefighter ready to train

How a Chief officer gains the respect of the rank and file

Keys to an engaging training session

“Nicks secret sauce” to training firefighters 

Questions from JumpseatNation



You can find more from Nick at TraditionsTraining.com and FireEngineering.com


Nicholas Martin

Battalion Chief, Columbia Fire Department


Nick began his fire service career in 1994 as a volunteer in his hometown located in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Since then he has served as a career/volunteer firefighter in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. He holds a bachelors degree in fire science from the University of Maryland and a masters degree in management from the Public Safety Executive Leadership program at the Johns Hopkins University.


Nick is presently a Battalion Chief with the Columbia Fire Department in the capitol city of South Carolina.  He served previously  with the District of Columbia Fire Department through the ranks of private, sergeant and lieutenant where he served on engine company, truck/tower companies, and as a battalion aide.  As a firefighter with the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department  he earned  a Medal of Valor from Firehouse Magazine, as well as a Silver Medal for Valor from the Prince George’ County Fire Department. Nick is also an author for Fire Engineering magazine, Urban Firefighter magazine & is presents regularly at FDIC.




Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_030_Talking_Training_with_Nick_Martin_.mp3
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Jumpseat Radio 029: Interview with Bobby Halton 



In this weeks podcast podcast host Ryan Pennington interviews Fire Engineering editor in Chief Bobby Halton. In this episode Ryan and Bobby sit and talk about numerous topics including:


Cancer in the Fire Service 

Why they both dislike “Culture Change”

Histories affects on the fire service

Chief Halton’s contribution to Pass it on.

Jumpseat Firefighters “Must Attend” at FDIC 2015

Must attend events at FDIC 2015






Chief Bobby Halton (ret.) is currently editor in chief of Fire Engineering Magazine and education director of the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC). Chief Halton is a native New Yorker. He began his career in structural firefighting with the Albuquerque (NM) Fire Department and rose through the ranks to include chief of training. Bobby was chief of operations until his retirement from Albuquerque in 2004. He then became the chief of the Coppell (TX) Fire Department, Bobby left Coppell to assume the duties as editor in chief of Fire Engineering Magazine. 

Direct download: Jumpseat_29_Interview_with_Bobby_Halton_.mp3
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Jumpseat Radio Episode 30



Tonight was suppose to be Jumpseat Radio podcast.  Instead of taking the time to record a normal podcast I wanted to record a short recording to honor the passing of Firehouse Magazines Harvey Eisner. 


Harvey was an amazing leader and I am honored to have known him, worked for him, and spent hours soaking in his knowledge!  


Rest in Peace Harvey……   

Direct download: Harvey_Eisner_.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:50pm EDT

Jumpseat Radio Podcast 28  Slicers with ISFSI Steve Pegram 



In this episode of Jumpseat Radio podcast 28 host Ryan Pennington welcomes the President of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors President Chief Steve Pegram.  Chief Pegram is currently serving as the fire chief for the Goshen Ohio Fire Department.  The ISFSI just released a video highlighting the new fire dynamic research that has recently been released. With the release of the SLICERS video this research is being shared with firefighters worldwide. 


In this episode Ryan and Steve talk 



Applying new research 

Adjusting for your department

Difference between SLICERS in rural and urban fire departments




The International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) began over 53 years ago in 1961 when a handful of instructors got together to talk about how they could improve firefighter safety.  Over the next five decades the ISFSI has contributed to the fire service through education and support of fire instructors everywhere. As a driving force in 2014 the ISFSI leads fire and EMS instructors in their efforts to reduce firefighter fatalities and injuries, increase firefighter safety, and improve the profession through education and training.


Find out more Here 





Chief Pegram’s wife has recently became ill and its in need of a double lung transplant. I would like to challenge Jumpseat Nation to join me in helping give back to this fire service leader. Chief Pegram’s family will have a significant challenge ahead of them as she awaits a match for transplant and will need costly anti-rejection medications once she receives the transplant.  

With this episode I challenge all the listeners to click on the link below and donate at least 5 dollars to this wonderful fire service family.  If we can get all 10,000 members of Jumpseat Nation to give 5.00 imagine the impact we can have to help out! 

Here is the link to Mollie’s story and donation page!  



Come on Jumpseat Nation!!! 

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_028_SLICERS_with_ISFSI_President_Steve_Peagram.mp3
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Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_027-_8_Tips_for_Firehouse_Teamwork.mp3
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Jumpseat Radio 026: EMS issues with Karen Owens 


Welcome to Jumpseat Radio episode 26. This weeks podcast features Karen Owens from the Commonwealth of Virginia EMS.  Ryan and Karen talk about ICS for EMS, Accountability for EMS, mass casualty response, and other topics for the first arriving firefighters.


Recorded live on the show floor of Ohio Fire and EMS Expo Karen shares some information from her book ICS for EMS.  Karen is the Emergency Operations Manager for Virginia EMS, a national level instructor, and a current EMS responder in her community.  




Karens twitter: @stickysidedown

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_026-_EMS_Issues_with_Karen_Owens_.mp3
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Jumpseat Radio 025: EMS Extrication with Rom Duckworth 


Is this episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington talks with Rom Duckworth about his popular class where he integrates EMS skills into Auto Extrication.  Without a doubt the number one priority at an accident scene is to safe lives and in Rom’s sessions he integrates patient care with extrication. 


Rom talks about trauma care, patient stabilization, coordination of efforts, and after the call action to help give the patient the best chance at surviving. 



Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_025_Ems_Extrication_with_Rom_Duckworth_.mp3
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Jumpseat Radio 024: Medical Mayday with Robby Owens


In this episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington welcomes back “The Average Jake” Robby Owens from Virginia.  Robby is a career lieutenant serving in a medium sized career department in central Virginia.  



Robby and Ryan talk about Robby’s class Managing the Medical Mayday and how firefighters need to keep fighting the fire in the event of a firefighters medical emergency.  Listen in as the two firefighters share their thoughts and then share some pre-fire planning tips for smaller departments that cost you ZERO DOLLARS.

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_024_Medical_Mayday.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:58pm EDT

 Jumpseat Radio 023: The lost art of the Fire Service

In this episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington welcomes Jimm Walsh from VententerSeartch.com onto the show.  Listen in as the two talk about:

  • aggressive Search Techniques
  • Pro-Active Laddering of the buildings, even if NOT on Fire.
  • Tips for each Jumpseat Firefighter to improve their Truck Co. functions


You can Check out Jimm's work at Vententersearch.com  


Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_023-_The_Lost_Art_of_the_Fire_Service_.mp3
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Jumpseat Radio 022: Informal leadership with Chief Rubin


In this episode host Ryan Pennington welcomes back Chief Dennis Rubin.  Ryan and Cheif Rubin are recording live from the West Virginia State Firemans Association Conference in Vienna WV.  

Listen in as they discuss how an informal leader can keep things task focused and how you can keep your trainin on track.  



Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_022_-_Informal_Leadership_with_Chief_Rubin.mp3
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Jumpseat Radio 021: Jumpseat Ready 

In this episode of jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington reviews the last few weeks of summer and shares some of the teaching points from his class "30 ways to stay Jumpseat Ready"


Listen in as Ryan shares points from this succesful class on how to keep your focus, stay prepared, asses your skills, and be infectious in the firehouse! 

Direct download: Jumpseat_Radio_021__Be_JumpseatReady_.mp3
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