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
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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
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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
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