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Rapid Fire Podcast S2:E2 Understanding Your PPE and How to Mitigate Exposure Risks

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Understand how to reduce exposure risks and the importance of doffing PPE correctly. In this episode, join Andy Starnes, Dr. Farzaneh Masoud, and Richard Kesler as this trio dives deep into THL & TPP, how to reduce inflammation and the future of gross decon.

Rapid Fire Podcast S2:E1 Addressing Mental Health in the Fire Service

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First responders are expected to be calm and level-headed but the stressors faced by those in the fire service can have a cumulative impact on mental health and well-being. Listen in as Andy Starnes and Dena Ali discuss the stigma associated with firefighters seeking help and

Rapid Fire Podcast: Q&A With Season 2 Host Andy Starnes

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Tune in as Season 1 host Retired Battalion Chief Bob Keys passes the reigns to Battalion Chief Andy Starnes of Charlotte Fire Department and Founder of Insight Training. Join us as we bid farewell to Bob and get to know our new Season 2 host as he shares about his journey in the

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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