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Rapid Fire Podcast S1:E10 The Evolution of Turnout Gear Since 9/11


Since the tragedy of 9/11, we have witnessed significant improvements in fire industry protocols, building regulations, NFPA standards, and the evolution of PPE. Listen in as Bob Keys and Jim Reidy discuss the advancements and changes in PPE they've witnessed in firefighter

Rapid Fire Podcast S1:E9 Why Alternative PPE Matters


Listen in as Instructor Andy Starnes of Insight Training translates THL & TPP into firefighter speak, discusses why alternative PPE matters to your health, and reviews advancements in firefighting technologies.

Rapid Fire Podcast S1:E8 Pre-screen to Intervene: A Proactive Approach to Firefighter Health and Survival


Understand how preventative measures and regular monitoring can help prevent and reduce occupational health concerns like cancer and cardiovascular disease with Todd LeDucChief Strategy Officer of LifeScan Wellness Centersand Rob Brown, Physicians Assistant and founder of

Rapid Fire Podcast S1:E7 Fire as a Weapon


Explore the history of fire as a weapon and its uses within the fire service, law enforcement, and the latest technological devices. Listen as Chief Keys is joined by Assistant Fire Chief Homer Robertson of Fort Worth Texas Fire Department and Special Agent in Charge,

Rapid Fire Podcast S1:E6 Turning the Table on Bob Keys


Get a behind the scenes look into Chief Keys’ robust career as Allen Rom takes the lead as host while the Chief shares his experiences becoming a firefighter, completing his first engine run, and moving up the ladder in FDNY.

Rapid Fire Podcast S1:E5 Wildland Firefighting and the Impacts of COVID-19


Discover how Wildland firefighting has evolved this year during the COVID-19 Pandemic. In this episode, Chief Keys is joined by Deputy Chief Douglass Ferro, who oversees state and federal programs under Cooperative Fire Protection at the California Department of Forestry and

Rapid Fire Podcast S1:E4 Reducing Carcinogen Exposure and Managing Issued PPE

About This Episode

Get an inside look into how two departments take steps to reduce carcinogen exposure and manage issued PPE. In this episode, Chief Keys is joined by Fire Chief Christopher Bowcock and Firefighter Paul Rushton of Burnaby City Fire Department, and Lieutenant Kevin Tomyk of

Meet Rapid Fire Podcast's Season 1 Host: Bob Keys


Chief Keys completed a total of 31 years of service, beginning as a firefighter for a high volume station in the Bronx. As a Captain and Lieutenant, he served various municipalities including Midtown Manhattan, until settling into East New York Brooklyn, after being promoted

Rapid Fire Podcast S1:E3 How Metro Departments Respond to Fires and Emergencies During Civil Unrest

About This Episode

Assistant Chief Brandon Wade from Austin Fire Department, and Deputy Chief Chris Costamagna, from Sacramento Fire Department, join Chief Keys to discuss how their departments respond during recent protests and the growing civil unrest in their areas.

Rapid Fire Podcast S1:E2 Paying Respects to Fallen Firefighters During COVID-19

About This Episode

Retired Chief Ron Siarnicki, who actively serves as the Executive Director of the National Fallen Fire Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) in Maryland, and Joe Minogue, retired FDNY Lieutenant and lead advocate for the NFFF on Long Island, join Chief Keys to discuss how

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