Key the Mic: The Daily Dispatch Podcast
E12: A Bond Measure Success Story w/ John Oliver (Part I)

E12: A Bond Measure Success Story w/ John Oliver (Part I)

October 18, 2021

What happens when 9 out of your 10 fire stations need structural improvements or outright replacement? In this episode, Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue (CKFR) Chief John Oliver explains how his special district was able to pass a $60M capital facilities bond, the 2nd largest in Washington State history, in order to fund essential upgrades for 90% of CKFR’s buildings. Regardless of size or budget, Chief Oliver has tips to help your agency prepare bond measures and levies in a new and highly effective way.

E11: A Chief‘s First 200 Days w/ Mark Niemeyer

E11: A Chief‘s First 200 Days w/ Mark Niemeyer

September 20, 2021

Less than one year ago, Mark Niemeyer became the Chief of the largest fire department in Idaho: the Boise Fire Department. Looking back over his first 200 days as Boise’s Fire Chief, he discusses his experience transitioning to a different department, and shares the skills and mindset needed for new Chiefs to succeed.

E10: Stopping Fire When it Starts, Automatic Fire Suppression Technology w/ Grant Van Der Jagt

E10: Stopping Fire When it Starts, Automatic Fire Suppression Technology w/ Grant Van Der Jagt

August 13, 2021

What if fire suppression was automatic, keeping families and first responders safe from harm before a fire can spread? In today’s episode, we discuss the Auto Fire Guard (or “FireBall”) with its inventor, Grant Van Der Jagt. Learn how Grant developed a new technology for fire suppression, which offers a safe, non-toxic, and hands-free option for extinguishing fires, no maintenance or personal proximity required.

E9: Improving Cardiac Arrest Outcomes in Remote Alaska w/ Douglas Schrage

E9: Improving Cardiac Arrest Outcomes in Remote Alaska w/ Douglas Schrage

July 19, 2021

Fire Chief Douglas Schrage knew that a community-centered solution was needed to improve sudden cardiac arrest survival rates and response times in his remote Alaskan borough. Tune in to hear how Fairbanks was able to educate citizens and pull together 11 mostly volunteer fire departments to successfully rollout PulsePoint, resulting in a sustainable, impactful program.

E8: A Chief’s Perspective w/ Bob Horton

E8: A Chief’s Perspective w/ Bob Horton

June 21, 2021

Scheduling time for creativity helps Bob Horton navigate the challenges and opportunities facing chiefs across the nation. The simple practice of “leaving room for thinking” has enabled him to enhance his performance as a leader and bring about innovative problem solving for his district. In today’s episode, you’ll hear CEO and Fire Chief of Jackson County Fire District #3 discuss some of the challenges fire service leaders are tackling, and offer up advice for adapting and excelling.

E7: Saving Lives Through Comedy w/ Jason Patton

E7: Saving Lives Through Comedy w/ Jason Patton

May 17, 2021

You’ve seen his hilarious videos on YouTube, but have you heard about career firefighter Jason Patton’s next big project? Through a multi-media approach that will include video and in-person trainings with local CPR, EMT, and paramedic instructors around the country, Jason wants to teach 22 MILLION people CPR through comedy. Learn how Jason became a firefighter 'on a whim', how he produces his popular Fire Department Chronicles videos, and how he’s developed a proven method for helping people learn CPR and other life-saving skills.

E6: Eyes in the Sky, Enhancing First Response with Drones w/ Kevin Dykes & Nick Robinson

E6: Eyes in the Sky, Enhancing First Response with Drones w/ Kevin Dykes & Nick Robinson

March 15, 2021

Fire officials across the country are quickly realizing the benefits drones can offer emergency response. In this episode, Engineer Paramedic Kevin Dykes and Engineer A-EMT Nick Robinson walk us through their experience starting a drone program at the Depoe Bay Fire Department in Oregon. Kevin and Nick explain just how easy drones are to use, the training and investment required, and how drones are helping them respond to emergencies in new ways while reducing costs for their agency.

E5: Tough on Toxins, Liquid CO2 Decontamination w/ Mike Duyck

E5: Tough on Toxins, Liquid CO2 Decontamination w/ Mike Duyck

February 22, 2021

Exposure to toxins while on the job is a serious concern for firefighters. Repeated contact with harmful chemicals can have lasting adverse impacts on health, and can lead to illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and cancer, and may cause birth defects. Turnouts are designed to protect a firefighter from many of those toxins; however, cleaning the gear itself has proven to be a challenge – until now. Mike Duyck, Vice President of Emergency Technical Decon (ETD), joins us to discuss the science behind liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) cleaning of firefighter turnout gear, and why it is gentler, more efficient, and over 99% effective.

E4: Standing Up & Standing Out, Inclusive Leadership w/ Rhoda Mae Kerr

E4: Standing Up & Standing Out, Inclusive Leadership w/ Rhoda Mae Kerr

February 1, 2021

Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr is a fourth generation firefighter who has achieved numerous ‘firsts’ in her nearly 40-year career. Not only has she served as the first female Fire Chief in more than one department, she served as the President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) in 2015, the first woman to do so in the Association’s 148-year history. Chief Kerr joins us to discuss her journey, the importance of leading by example, and how fire service leaders can foster inclusion within their departments.

E3: Stronger Than Ever, The Power of Plant-Based Food w/ Rip Esselstyn

E3: Stronger Than Ever, The Power of Plant-Based Food w/ Rip Esselstyn

November 30, 2020

Meet Rip Esselstyn, a pioneer for the advancement of plant-based eating. He’s a world-renowned triathlete, best selling author, and former firefighter, all of which has been powered by a Plant Strong lifestyle. Rip joins us to talk about his plant-based journey, food culture in the fire service, and the inextricable link between health and performance.

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