Better Every Shift

By FireRescue1

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FireRescue1’s Better Every Shift Podcast spotlights the passion and perseverance of firefighters. Hosted by Madison, Wisconsin, Firefighter Aaron Zamzow, the show brings kitchen table conversations to the airwaves, always focused on solutions, positivity and the realities of station life. Zamzow and guests tackle myriad hot topics, whether fire service, news or even pop culture-focused, bringing some levity to the often very serious nature of the profession. Dig into what drives firefighters to improve themselves, their crew, even the fire service as a whole. Listen in to get better every day, every call, every shift.

Episode Date
Chief Frank Leeb returns: Make yourself ‘difficult to injure, impossible to kill’
Nov 30, 2023
Fire up the festivities: 5 great gifts for your crew
Nov 22, 2023
‘We are anti-fragile’: How firefighters can get stronger through challenges
Nov 16, 2023
‘I connect the dots’: Joe Minogue on the power of relationship-building
Nov 09, 2023
‘I held it in for so long’: Lauran McColloh shares the story of her first fire – a double LODD
Nov 02, 2023
‘We’re all engineers’: Chief Randall Hanifen talks IFE-USA influence
Oct 26, 2023
‘Please don’t turn me away’: Ben Vernon on seeking help post-stabbing — Part 2
Oct 18, 2023
‘This is a kill shot’: Captain Ben Vernon details his attempted murder on the job — Part 1
Oct 18, 2023
‘I’ve never been lonely at the top’: Chief John Butler talks team building
Oct 12, 2023
‘I don’t want rules-followers’: Brian Fennessy champions intent-driven firefighters
Oct 05, 2023
‘I’m going to change this department if it kills me’: Thomas Bell talks culture change
Sep 28, 2023
‘This podcast is worth millions’: Jerry Brant explains how to secure FD funding
Sep 21, 2023
Fire Prevention Week prep: Plug-and-play messaging you can use today
Sep 14, 2023
Remembering 9/11: Legacy, vigilance and cohesiveness
Sep 07, 2023
‘The better we are, the better we serve’: Common themes from 40 shows
Aug 31, 2023
‘It’s the same circus with different clowns’: Gordon Graham talks universal FD problems
Aug 24, 2023
Chief John Oates: ”Can we just retire the ‘it’s a generational thing’ mindset?”
Aug 17, 2023
‘We can’t read your mind’: Ben Thompson urges firefighters to speak up about stress
Aug 10, 2023
‘Make THIS place better’: Kris Kazian’s advice to frustrated firefighters
Aug 03, 2023
LACoFD firefighter details ‘surreal experience’ appearing on ‘LA Fire & Rescue’
Jul 25, 2023
Chief Todd LeDuc: ‘Your risk becomes everyone’s risk’
Jul 20, 2023
‘Just call people out’: Dr. Candace Ashby on defeating toxicity at the firehouse
Jul 13, 2023
Chief Jim Keiken: ‘You have to periodically reinvent yourself’
Jul 06, 2023
Corley Moore: ‘If you’re not having fun doing this job, you are doing it wrong’
Jun 29, 2023
‘A flowchart mindset’: UL FSRI researchers talk dynamic decisions on the fireground
Jun 22, 2023
Lithium-ion battery fire hazards, training, resources for firefighters
Jun 15, 2023
The Goldfeders: ‘The fire service has been wonderful to this family’
Jun 08, 2023
‘It’s an honor’: Victor Stagnaro on his new role as NFFF CEO
Jun 01, 2023
‘Attack every situation’: Vince Bettinazzi shares shift expectations
May 25, 2023
Cebollero: ‘We need to reverse the organizational chart’ in EMS
May 18, 2023
Nick Martin: ‘When the bell rings, it’s game time’
May 11, 2023
FDIC 2023 playback: Reliving the chaos, appreciating the connections
May 04, 2023
Chief Randy Bruegman: ‘Nothing good happens without a plan’
Apr 30, 2023
‘Crawl. Walk. Run’: Andy Beck details smart mayday training
Apr 17, 2023
Jonathan Tate: ‘I know I’m supposed to bring healthier meals into the firehouse’
Apr 13, 2023
Chief Ron Siarnicki: ‘Leave it better than you found it’
Apr 06, 2023
Better Every Shift LIVE: The Healthy 10 – How to define a healthy firefighter
Mar 30, 2023
Chief John Salka: ‘Spend more time at home’
Mar 23, 2023
Dr. David Griffin: ‘The success in my life has come from the worst day of my life’
Mar 16, 2023
Electric vehicle fires: Products, strategies and the power of time
Mar 09, 2023
‘We need to walk the walk’: Leaders face off in wellness competition
Mar 02, 2023
Jason Patton: ‘Nothing comes natural to me at all’
Feb 23, 2023
‘Don’t do that!’: A first responder therapist signals common relationship red flags
Feb 16, 2023
Chief Jason Caughey: ‘Everything we do is about people’
Feb 09, 2023
Super Bowl showtime: How Glendale fire crews are preparing for the big game
Feb 02, 2023
January rear-view: Hamlin ‘takes,’ tattoo controversy, giving life beyond death
Jan 26, 2023
Chief Tim Sendelbach: ‘This profession can’t afford the status quo’
Jan 19, 2023
Battalion Chief Dena Ali: ‘You can’t leave your baggage at the door’
Jan 12, 2023
‘Royal Rumble’ of firefighter fitness: Zam goes head-to-head with Dan Kerrigan and Jim Moss
Jan 05, 2023
2022 in review: ’Words of the year,’ major incidents that hit hard, uplifting moments
Dec 29, 2022
Chief Josh Waldo: ‘You’re only going to grow when you get uncomfortable’
Dec 15, 2022
Chief Reggie Freeman: ‘I refused to be the weakest link’
Dec 01, 2022
Dr. Sara Jahnke on data-driven change: ‘You have to give early, easy wins’
Dec 01, 2022
Chief Frank Leeb: ‘We can do better. Start today.’
Dec 01, 2022
‘Never forget’: meaning, purpose and emphasis
Sep 06, 2022
New to Side Alpha? Start here.
May 11, 2022
Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr reflects on blazing a trail as the first woman to hold various fire service leadership roles
Apr 27, 2022
Bryon Gustafson speaks to the benefits of higher education for firefighters and details one public safety program’s unique approach
Apr 18, 2022
’Fireman’ vs. ’firefighter’: What’s in a name – a fire service association name, that is
Apr 12, 2022
Dr. Bill Jenaway details ERSI’s new nationwide database where first responders can report roadway response struck-by incidents
Apr 06, 2022
’It’s those low-frequency events that tend to get us in trouble’
Mar 28, 2022
Robert Weisbaum addresses the challenges of affordable housing and the resulting impact on recruitment and retention
Mar 22, 2022
Walmart distribution fire raises questions about fire protection systems
Mar 17, 2022
Captain John Haseney outlines 7 common barriers to implementing cancer-focused best practices
Mar 08, 2022
Chief Otto Drozd details the challenges of leading a major metropolitan fire department
Feb 23, 2022
Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell shares her experience as the newest U.S. fire administrator
Feb 08, 2022
Chief Billy Goldfeder shares his cancer story and details his new initiative 40PlusFire
Jan 31, 2022
Don Abbott shares insights from Project Mayday research
Jan 22, 2022
The grass isn’t always greener at another fire department
Jan 19, 2022
Fire Chief John Oates talks fire service data and his new role with the IPSDI
Jan 12, 2022
Firefighter Jonathan Tate offers simple steps to healthier firehouse food
Jan 05, 2022
Chief Dave Downey reflects on the Surfside condo collapse response effort
Dec 22, 2021
Firefighters need to move beyond the fear of defeatism for calling a mayday ‘too early‘
Dec 15, 2021
Looking back at 2021: Bashoor and Cebollero unpack the stories and trends affecting fire and EMS
Dec 15, 2021
Dalan Zartman digs into fire operations involving electric vehicles and storage systems
Dec 08, 2021
Chief Reginald Freeman shares his experience moving across the country to join the Oakland FD
Nov 30, 2021
‘This isn’t what I signed up for’: Chief Bob Horton unpacks his provocative editorial
Nov 24, 2021
‘Are we really this childish?’ Reflecting on the ‘over-sexed culture’ station investigation in S.C.
Nov 17, 2021
FDNY Chief Frank Leeb talks training at ”The Rock” and how to market safety messages to members
Nov 10, 2021
Side Alpha Podcast: IAFC President Ken Stuebing talks vaccine mandates, leadership tenets that resonate, and IAFC support
Nov 03, 2021
Keith Stakes details the newly expanded mission for UL‘s Fire Safety Research Institute
Oct 20, 2021
Varone explores the top disciplinary issues that get fire officers in hot water
Oct 10, 2021
‘I didn‘t come here to make friends‘: Discipline in the fire service
Oct 10, 2021
Tulsa Chief Michael Baker talks firefighter morale, department change and lifelong learning
Oct 05, 2021
Pittsburgh Chief Darryl Jones details how to engage the naysayers and be a positive change-agent
Sep 28, 2021
Chief Sam Greif tackles terrorism response and cybersecurity threats facing public safety
Sep 22, 2021
‘A punch in the gut‘: Unpacking the Baltimore FD retirement debacle
Sep 15, 2021
Public safety leaders discuss the 20th anniversary of 9/11
Sep 03, 2021
Former Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano reflects on the arduous role of redesigning FDNY post-9/11
Sep 01, 2021
‘We shall never forget‘: Reflections and questions 20 years later
Sep 01, 2021
NIFC‘s Jessica Gardetto addresses the wildfire threats unfolding across the country
Aug 17, 2021
Division Chief Martha Ellis unpacks fireground communications and FirstNet
Aug 10, 2021
Chief Bashoor tackles a new epidemic: ‘D-Drivers‘ putting first responders at risk
Aug 04, 2021
Captain Andrea Hall discusses servant leadership plus her presidential inauguration story
Aug 03, 2021
Chris Cebollero unpacks ET3, treatment-in-place, reimbursement and more
Jul 27, 2021
‘Be nice‘: Chief Bashoor applies Chief Brunacini‘s mantra to interactions within the industry
Jul 21, 2021
Dr. Sara Jahnke details the effects of ‘Long-COVID‘ on first responders
Jul 13, 2021
Chad Costa considers why some firefighters are still suffering from ‘Dirty Helmet Syndrome‘
Jul 11, 2021
IAFC CEO Rob Brown discusses the future of the IAFC, plus emerging fire service issues
Jul 06, 2021
‘I‘d say America is still burning‘: Chief Bashoor reflects on seminal fire and life safety report
Jun 29, 2021
Pete Piringer talks PIO life and offers tips of the trade
Jun 23, 2021
Sean Duncan details how and why firefighters should follow PPE decontamination protocols
Jun 15, 2021
Chief Nathan Trauernicht: Inside a university fire department
Jun 09, 2021
Jim Pauley and Russ Sanders explain how firefighters can get involved in the NFPA
Jun 01, 2021
Unpacking mobile integrated healthcare in the fire and emergency services
May 26, 2021
Fire Chief Trisha Wolford tackles cross-generation supervision in the fire service
May 16, 2021
NVFC leaders Sarah Lee and Kevin Quinn detail the organization‘s current transition plans
May 12, 2021
Superintendent Eriks Gabliks shares what‘s ahead for the National Fire Academy
May 02, 2021
Chief Eric Valliere explains the 2021 Safety Stand Down theme, ‘Rebuild Rehab‘
Apr 27, 2021
Chief Dan Rogers explains why not every volunteer wants to operate like FDNY
Apr 21, 2021
Why do we keep experiencing so many apparatus rollover accidents?
Apr 13, 2021
Chief Jon Dorman addresses how to balance booksmarts and practical fireground skills
Apr 07, 2021
Aaron Zamzow and Marc Bashoor share their fitness journeys and current fitness regimens
Mar 31, 2021
ISFSI President Chief Peter Van Dorpe connects fire service training and research
Mar 16, 2021
How the Cosumnes Fire Department incorporated virtual reality into training
Mar 14, 2021
The Firefighter 3 crew swap stories about those firefighter life skills beyond FF1 and FF2
Mar 09, 2021
Deputy Chief Ian Emmons offers guidance for fostering a new crop of leaders
Mar 03, 2021
The next ‘giant leap‘: A federal parent for fire and EMS
Feb 23, 2021
Firefighter and finance expert Matthew Broom details how firefighters can stay smart about money
Feb 17, 2021
Chief Ralph Terrazas shares LAFD‘s approach to county COVID-19 surges, plus vaccine distribution
Feb 09, 2021
Fire Chief Marc Bashoor tackles the debate over patient transport in the engine
Feb 03, 2021
Fire Chief Tiffany Green explores professional development, from cadet through chief
Jan 28, 2021
Fire Chief John Tippett discusses the impact of crew resource management on the fire service
Jan 20, 2021
Fire Chief Marc Bashoor addresses the Constitutional crisis facing America
Jan 12, 2021
Marc Bashoor and Janelle Foskett reflect on a year unlike any other
Dec 29, 2020
Mike Pertz tackles why members leave the fire service and offers advice for new recruits
Dec 15, 2020
Gordon Graham details the top risks facing firefighters – and how to avoid them
Dec 02, 2020
2019 LODD data: Analyzing the USFA report amid the push to ‘Get Below 50’
Nov 19, 2020
Dr. Burton Clark examines fire service safety culture
Nov 18, 2020
Dr. David Black discusses his work with firefighters on behavioral health and mental fitness
Nov 03, 2020
Firefighter James Pribyl shares why he became a volunteer firefighter
Oct 20, 2020
Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder explains what keeps chiefs up at night -- and where to focus training
Oct 07, 2020
Gordon Graham talks response coordination and Lexipol Connect
Oct 01, 2020
Chief Randy Bruegman outlines critical issues impacting the future of the fire service
Sep 22, 2020
Keith Stakes explains the recent UL FSRI research into coordinated fire attack
Sep 08, 2020
Division Chief Greg Ward details Loveland‘s Tactical Firefighting Teams
Aug 24, 2020
Side Alpha Podcast: Baltimore Chief Niles Ford talks navigating politics and budgets
Aug 11, 2020
Side Alpha Podcast: Chief Jason Caughey talks volunteer leadership
Jul 28, 2020
Chief‘s Forum: We are not the enemy
Jul 24, 2020
Side Alpha Podcast: Linda Willing addresses diversity of members and opinions
Jul 14, 2020
Side Alpha Podcast: Dr. Sara Jahnke discusses COVID-19 surges and testing
Jun 30, 2020
Chief‘s Forum: There‘s a fire service budget tsunami coming
Jun 22, 2020
Chief‘s Forum: COVID-19: Where do we go from here?
Jun 16, 2020
Side Alpha Podcast: FEMA‘s Cathie Patterson details grant application tips
Jun 15, 2020
Side Alpha Podcast: Chief Todd LeDuc discusses the firefighter health trifecta
Jun 03, 2020
Side Alpha Podcast: Division Chief Kent Davis details protest response in Charlottte
Jun 02, 2020
Side Alpha Podcast: SFFD Lt. Baxter details Pier 45 response efforts
May 28, 2020
Chief‘s Forum: Leadership by Lane
May 26, 2020
Side Alpha Podcast: NVFC Chair Steve Hirsch talks fire service volunteerism
May 19, 2020
Chief‘s Forum: LAFD officer likely saved lives by noticing ‘scene sickness’
May 18, 2020
Side Alpha Podcast: Dr. Terry Jodrie describes his COVID-19 deployment to New York City
May 04, 2020
Chief’s Forum: The ‘petri chief’: Under the COVID-19 microscope
Apr 29, 2020
Side Alpha Podcast: Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell talks data-based decision-making in the fire service
Apr 28, 2020
Chief‘s Forum: COVID-19: It’s not a house fire; it’s a conflagration
Apr 24, 2020
Chief‘s Forum: What constitutes COVID-19 exposure and when to quarantine vs. isolate
Apr 24, 2020
Chief‘s Forum: A plea to protesters during COVID-19
Apr 24, 2020
Chief‘s Forum: Should first responders receive hazard pay during COVID-19?
Apr 23, 2020
Side Alpha Podcast: Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer focuses on seeing the unique attributes of members
Apr 21, 2020
Side Alpha Podcast: Chief Gary Ludwig addresses firefighter cardiac health
Apr 07, 2020
Side Alpha Podcast: Bill Webb talks fire service politics
Mar 24, 2020
Side Alpha: Fire Chief Joanne Rund talks about running a combination department
Mar 10, 2020
Side Alpha: Dr. Denis Onieal describes USFA and NFA learning opportunities
Feb 25, 2020
Side Alpha: Fire Chief John Butler talks strategic planning, mentoring and diversity
Jan 20, 2020
Side Alpha: Ron Siarnicki discusses occupational cancer and behavioral health issues
Jan 20, 2020