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Flashpoint: The Fire Inside Podcast
54 minutes | May 4, 2021
28: Dr. Denis Onieal – Be Ready for Opportunity
Dr. Denis Onieal, retired Chief of Department for Jersey City Fire Department and former senior career federal fire official, was responsible for the day-to-day operation of the United States Fire Administration, the National Fire Academy, the National Fire Incident Reporting System, and the National Emergency Training Center. Dr. Onieal speaks with Frank Viscuso about his years in the fire service and advice that he would pass down to the next generation of fire fighters.
46 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
27: Jim Knight – Culture That Rocks
Renowned speaker, author and training development expert Jim Knight joins Frank Viscuso to talk about his time leading Global Training for Hard Rock International, and his tactics on how to amp up organizational culture, deliver world-class service, and build rock star teams and leaders. https://www.KnightSpeaker.com
83 minutes | Mar 14, 2021
26: Curt Isakson – Enjoy the Ride
In this episode, Curt Isakson talks with Frank Viscuso about having a passion for the job and enjoying the journey. Curt also speaks passionately about what “It’s Worth the Risk”, means and how he came to start his business, County Fire Tactics. Curt Isakson is a Battalion Chief for Escambia County Fire Rescue. He has worked in volunteer, career, and combination departments, and has held all ranks up to Battalion Chief.
27 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
25: Rudy Ruettiger – The Power of the Dream
In this episode Rudy Ruettiger shares his story on the power of the dream. As portrayed in the blockbuster film, Rudy, rising from a difficult childhood to obtaining his dream of playing football for the Fighting Irish, on November 8, 1975 Rudy got his chance to take the field and on the game’s final play where Rudy had a sack on the quarterback, he was carried off the field by his teammates, the first player at Notre Dame history to do so and only one of two people to have that honor. Today Rudy is an Emmy Award Winning Motivational Speaker, author, and producer. For more information or to contact Rudy visit https://www.rudyruettiger.com.
40 minutes | Mar 4, 2021
24: Chris Langan – Building a Cohesive Team
In this episode, Coach Langan speaks with Frank Viscuso about building and sustaining championship-caliber teams. Chris Langan has been Felician University’s head baseball coach since the 2004 season. During that time he has turned their program around, leading the Golden Falcons to 12 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament Berths and two Championships, along with four NCAA Regional appearances. Chris Langan was named CACC Coach of the Year four consecutive times following the 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 seasons.
81 minutes | Feb 27, 2021
23: Mike Terpak – Never Stop Learning
Whether you are a probationary firefighter or have years on the job, whether for a promotional exam or just to stay at your peak performance, in this episode Frank Viscuso speaks with his friend and mentor, Deputy Chief Mike Terpak on the importance of maintaining your desire to never stop learning.
54 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
22: John Hughes – People Over Profits
In this episode, Frank Viscuso speaks with John Hughes, Brand Ambassador for Jersey Mike’s, the nation’s fastest-growing sandwich chain, and how the company has built their brand with employees and company values first. What are your core values? What are the traits and behaviors to support core values?
61 minutes | Feb 14, 2021
21: Capt. John Wright- Texas Mayday
Captain John Wright and Firefighter Gus Trujillo nearly died in a house fire on a windy night in June while searching the second floor of a burning home. Crews had reports that someone could still be inside. During their primary search, flames suddenly began shooting from a wall. Conditions changed quickly and they couldn’t find their way our through the thick black smoke. In this episode, Captain Wright tells the story of what happened on that nearly fateful day.
68 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
20: Joe Dubuque – The Higher Standard
Episode 20 is up with Joe Dubuque, two-time NCAA Division 1 National Champion wrestler and current assistant coach of Princeton University wrestling. Frank and Joe discuss how to set and maintain the highest standards inside of an organization.
49 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
19: Dena Ali – Sleep, The Silent Healer
Dena Ali is a captain with the Raleigh (NC) Fire Department and, prior to becoming a firefighter, she served five years as a police officer in North Carolina. She has personally experienced the benefits of peer support and recognizes how critical it is to simply be heard and understood. Dena is also a graduate student and has spent the last couple of years researching firefighter behavioral health and learning methods to prevent firefighter suicides. In this episode, Dena speaks about the link to sleep behavior and the overall mental and physical health that it controls.
81 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
18: Chief Lasky – Let’s Talk Leadership
Chief Rick Lasky is a 40-year veteran of the fire service and best selling author of the books “Pride and Ownership – A Firefighter’s Love of the Job” and “Five Alarm Leadership: From the Firehouse to the Fireground”.
53 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
17: JP Dinnell – Ownership, Leadership, Excellence
JP Dinnell is a former U.S. Navy Seal who spent nearly a decade in the SEAL Teams with three combat deployments. While with SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser, JP worked closely with SEAL Officers Jocko Willink and Leif Babin, and was a factor in many of the combat operations Jocko and Leif wrote about in Extreme Ownership. J.P now is sharing his talents in leadership and excellence serving as the Director of Tactical Training Programs, Leadership Instructor, Speaker, and Strategic Advisor for Echelon Front. For more information on JP Dinnell and Echelon Front visit https://echelonfront.com/.
87 minutes | Jan 9, 2021
16: Mark Leiter – Leave It All On The Field
Mark Leiter had an impressive 11 year career in Major League Baseball as a pitcher for teams such as the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies among others. In this episode Frank Viscuso speaks with Mark on what it took to become a professional athlete and how he is using those skills today to help the next generation of athletes make it to the highest level of their sport.
61 minutes | Dec 30, 2020
15: Ryan Pennington: Heavy Content Fires
Ryan Pennington is a Lieutenant/Paramedic for the Charleston Fire Department in Charleston West Virginia. He is currently assigned to the Training Division and is part of the West Virginia Task Force 1 USAR team. He has over 20 years of combined Fire, Rescue and EMS experience. Ryan started with a local volunteer department and continued through EMS to spend five years as a Critical Care Paramedic. Ryan transferred to the career fire service in 2003 and has worked for the City of Charleston since 2007. Ryan is currently a WV State Instructor 2, Hazmat Technician, and Certified Fire Officer 2. He is very involved teaching EMS and firefighter safety around the country.
38 minutes | Aug 7, 2020
14: Carli LLoyd: Embrace the Journey
53 minutes | Jul 6, 2020
13: Vince Poscente – Change Your Focus
On episode 13 of The Fire Inside Podcast. Frank Viscuso speaks with Vince Poscente. Vince, an Olympic athlete tells of his amazing journey from recreation skier to Olympian in four short years. Vince is now a New York Times bestselling author of seven books. Visit www.vinceposcente.com/ for more information or to contact Vince.
50 minutes | Jun 20, 2020
12: Mike Gagliano – This House Rocks
Frank Viscuso speaks with Mike Gagliano of Seattle Fire. Mike has written numerous fire service articles, and is co-author of the bestselling book Air Management for the Fire Service. Mike co-hosts the popular Fire Engineering radio webcast “The Mikey G and Mikey D Show” and partners with his wife Anne (Firelife.com) to teach on strategies for developing and maintaining a strong marriage/family.
64 minutes | Jun 7, 2020
11: Coach Ayres – Forging a Successful Culture
Head Wrestling Coach at Princeton University, Coach Ayres, speaks about forging a successful culture while on his way to one of the greatest turnarounds in sports history.
66 minutes | Feb 23, 2020
10: Anthony Kastros – Mastering The Fire Service Assessment Center
In this episode Frank Viscuso talks to Anthony Kastros, Battalion Chief (Ret.) Sacramento Metro FD, CA. Anthony is the founder of TrainFireFighters.com and author of Mastering the Fire Service Assessment Center. In 2019 Anthony Kastros was awarded the George D Post Fire Instructor of the Year award. This episode covers some great topics for all fire service members that are looking to move up the chain of command.
65 minutes | Jan 24, 2020
09: Eugene Stolowski - FDNY Black Sunday Fire
Fire Department of New York (FDNY) Firefighter Eugene Stolowski shares his personal account of the "Black Sunday" fire on January 23, 2005 where 6 FDNY firefighters including Eugene were forced to bail out of a four story building during a fire in the Bronx.
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