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26 minutes | Oct 17, 2022
Episode 57. 20 Years of the Gift From Captain Buscio Program
In this episode, FMBA Nation host Bill Brower talks with Donna Buscio and Dr. Garcia about the 20th Anniversary of the Gift From Captain Buscio program. The program has provided so many first responders in NJ with exceptional care and so many lives have been saved as a result of the comprehensive physical exam. All current and retired firefighters, police, and emergency responders, and their officers are invited to participate in the program throughout the State of New Jersey. They will then have opportunity to receive confidential comprehensive cardiovascular and pulmonary medical evaluations.
12 minutes | Oct 10, 2022
Episode 56. 24 Hours Inside the President’s White House Bunker on 9-11-01
In this episode, FMBA Nation host Bill Brower talks with the 126th NJ FMBA September Convention keynote speaker Lt. Col. Robert Darling, USMC (Ret.), about his incredible story of adversity and crisis management as he spent 24 hours inside the the POTUS' White House Bunker on 9-11-01. Lt. Col. Darling was the White House Airlift Operations Officer who, during the attack on America on 9/11/01, responded to the underground White House Bunker Complex and stood shoulder to shoulder with America’s highest leaders as they made unprecedented crisis leadership decisions on behalf of all Americans.
12 minutes | Oct 3, 2022
Episode 55. How to discharge federal student loan debt
In this episode, FMBA Nation host Bill Brower, sits with Rob Garrison, Legal Counsel for the PFRSNJ, and talks about federal student loan forgiveness for public service employees. Rob runs through the steps you need to take to see if you qualify, and how to convert your current older federal loans to direct loans for the discharge. The deadline to convert the loans is October 31st, 2022 and you can find out if you are eligible for the program by visiting www.studentaid.gov
45 minutes | Sep 1, 2022
Episode 54. How To Start A Foundation
Ever wonder what it takes to start a 501(c)3 Foundation? Look no further! In this episdoe, FMBA Nation host Bill Brower talks with Karen Taylor-Burke from PKF O'Connor Davies and NJ FMBA Treasurer Troy Powell on how to get started and the benefits of starting a foundation for your local.
42 minutes | Jul 19, 2022
Episode 53. Dependency Claims - Capt. Joe Burke - Montclair FD (Ret.)
In this episode, FMBA Nation host Bill Brower talks with Attorney Joe Burke about dependency claims. Joe is a retired Captain from Montclair FMBA Local 20 who is now a practicing attorney at law who focuses on worker's compensations claims. Joe discusses how the Thomas Canzanella Act and dependency claims work and how a member's family can use the dependency claim to help with financial hardships.
23 minutes | Mar 23, 2022
Episode 52. NJ Fire/EMS Lifeline with Cherie Castellano
In this episode, FMBA nation host Bill Brower talks with Cherie Castellano about the NJ Fire/EMS Lifeline which has been established to provide mental health support and services to NJ first responders and their families. If you or someone you know needs help please call the lifeline at 888-653-3367 or go to www.njfireems.com for more information on how to get assistance.
44 minutes | Feb 3, 2022
Episode 51. Forever Chemicals - The Truth About Turnout Gear with Dr. Graham Peaslee from the University of Notre Dame
In Episode 51, FMBA Nation host, Bill Brower, talks with nuclear physicist, Dr. Graham Peaslee, from the University of Notre Dame, about the forever chemicals known as PFAS that has been contaminating firefighters for years. These chemicals have been linked to cancer and have been found in the turnout gear that is worn everyday by firefighters as well as the foam that is used for chemical and flammable liquid fires for years. This is a must listen episode in battling the cancer epidemic of the fire service.
20 minutes | Jan 19, 2022
Episode 50. Katie Mckenna - How to get run over by a truck.
In the 50th episode of FMBA Nation, host Bill Brower chats with the keynote speaker from the 125th NJ FMBA Convention, Katie McKenna. Katie is the author of "How to get run over by a truck" and tells Bill about her journey and how she faced true adversity and determination to survive.
15 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
Episode 49. Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill and the State and Local Tax Deduction Cap
In this episode, FMBA Nation host, Bill Brower, talks with U.S. Congresswoman Mikie Sherril (NJ 11th District), about the SALT (State and Local Tax) Deduction Cap. They discuss how it affects NJ First Responders as well as middle class families in NJ.
35 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
Episode 48. Flow and Vent - Using Social Media for the Better Good of the Fire Service
In this episode, FMBA Nation host Bill Brower talks with the boys from Flow and Vent at the 125th Annual NJ FMBA Convention. Rob and Kyle tell Bill about their success on Instagram and their dedication to training and education within the fire service. Both Rob and Kyle are members of the NJ FMBA and plan to get involved with more training education with FMBA Nation.
33 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Episode 47. PTSD, Depression, and Suicide - A First Responder's Story
In this episode, FMBA Nation Host, Bill Brower, talks with Captain Bob Falzarano from the Union Fire Department about his personal struggles with PTSD and other mental health challenges. Bob opens up and tells FMBA nation how he was close to taking his own life and how he took the steps he needed to get help. For anyone that is in need of help for mental health, substance abuse, or just needs someone to talk to, please reach out to our Mental Health/Peer Assistance Team. Dr. Michael Bizzarro 732-771-7165 Dr. Julie Tropeano 732-977-3819 Tyrone Smith 973-573-9694 Ken Burkert 908-346-1691 CISM Team Coordinator Troy Powell 973-868-0527
41 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Episode 46. Planning to Thrive with Marc Junkerman
In this episode, FMBA Nation Host Bill Brower talks with Marc Junkerman about his mental health program "Planning to Thrive". Planning to Thrive (P2T) introduces adaptable management concepts intended to assist you in implementing and maintaining a successful culture of first responder wellness. The blueprint is yours. These are just a few "extra tools for your box" to help you with the build. Marc "Junk" Junkerman is an active law enforcement commander in Maryland with nearly three decades of service which includes nearly two decades advocating for first responder safety and wellness. He continues to provide regular consultation and instructional support in this arena to various agencies within his state in addition to serving as a Mental Health First Aid instructor and as an International Critical Incident Stress Foundation faculty member.
37 minutes | May 5, 2021
Episode 45. Too Strong for Too Long - Virtual Support Group
In this episode, FMBA Nation host Bill Brower talks with Dr. Michael Bizzaro, Iris Perlstein, and Lindsay Pliner from Penn Medicine Princeton Behavioral Health to discuss the new virtual support group to launch in early May.
30 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Episode 44. Mike Barrett - Elizabeth Fire EMS- Off Duty Heroic Life-Saving Actions
FMBA Nation Host Bill Brower talks with FMBA Local 309 Member Michael Barrett about the heroic off-duty actions he took that saved multiple lives when he noticed a fire in a multi-family dwelling. On the night of February 11th, 2021, Mike was a a red light and noticed a fire had broken out in an apartment building in Elizabeth, NJ. He immediately took action by entering the structure and alerting multiple sleeping occupants that they needed to evacuate. Mike noticed a victim in the building was disoriented and was able to bring him to safety outside of the building. Mike's actions are commended by the entire NJ FMBA and we are proud to have him as a member and his selfless actions taken that night.
16 minutes | Mar 29, 2021
Episode 43. Attack Team Entry Checklist
In this episode, FMBA Nation host, Bill Brower, talks with (ret.) DC Anthony Avillo about the attack line entry checklist. Chief Avillo reviews some of the critical fundamentals that firefighters and fire officers need to follow in order to ensure smooth fire attack operations.
43 minutes | Mar 22, 2021
Episode 42. Legalization of Recreational Marijuana for Public Safety Unions
In this episode, FMBA Nation host Bill Brower, talks with NJ FMBA Chief Counsel Craig S. Gumpel and Tom Cushane, from Cushane Law Firm, about the impact of recreational marijuana and collective bargaining for public safety labor unions.
27 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
Episode 41. Dealing with death notifications on scene with Alex Jabr from Emergency Resilience
In this episode, FMBA Nation Host Bill Brower talks with Alex Jabr from Emergency Resilience about a tough topic, notifying a family on scene that their loved one has died. We can all relate to this and it may just bring some comfort knowing that there are many of us out there that go through the same thing. For more info go to www.emergencyresilience.com
18 minutes | Nov 12, 2020
Episode 40. Self Care in Tough Times with Dr. Beau A. Nelson from FHE Health
The NJ FMBA has a special relationship with FHE Health, who provides self care and rehabilitation services for NJ FMBA members and their families. FMBA Nation host Bill Brower talks with Dr. Beau A. Nelson, Chief Clinical Officer of FHE, about self-care through tough times. FHE Health has the First Responder program called Shatterproof. Shatterproof at FHE (formerly Florida House Shatterproof) employs evidence-based therapies, innovative medical care, and a comprehensive wellness program. These focus on symptoms of PTSD, among other mental health conditions, in order to help our first responders successfully manage their condition and/or achieve life-long recovery from drugs and alcohol. Shatterproof is designed to help first responders overcome specific obstacles and increase their ability to manage emotions during stressful situations without turning to self-medication.
28 minutes | Nov 4, 2020
Episode 39. Buildings that change the rules of the game with Ret. D/C Anthony Avillo
In this episode, FMBA Nation host Bill Brower talks with Ret. D/C Anthony Avillo (North Hudson Regional Fire Rescue) about the buildings that change the rules of the game. They discuss the keys to identifying these buildings and why it is important for us as firefighters to study these types of construction and stay sharp in the street.
14 minutes | Oct 29, 2020
Episode 38. Fire Department Coffee and Fire Department Chronicles with Jason Patton
FMBA Nation host Bill Brower talks with Jason Patton of @firedeptcoffee and @firedepartmentchronicles about how he got started in the fire service, how he got involved with Fire Department Coffee, their charitable foundation, and the brains behind the funny Instagram channel Fire Department Chronicles. Jason is a solid dude with a great personality and he enjoys long walks on the beach.
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