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.  

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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!  


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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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