Fit To Fight Fire: Lead Yourself


Increasing Fire Ground Performance - Firefighter Fitness


  • Episode 052 Xtra – Mindset

    Episode 052 Xtra – Mindset

    18/10/2019 Duração: 09min

    Episode 052 Xtra - Do we get better at rebounding from negative events as we mature? Do we have a healthier response to adversity when we are older? Ben Norwood talks about how he perceives struggle, and how that perception has enabled him to approach challenges in life much differently than years ago.

  • Episode 052 (Part 1) – Mindset w/ Ben Norwood

    Episode 052 (Part 1) – Mindset w/ Ben Norwood

    15/10/2019 Duração: 42min

    Episode 052 (Part 1) - In the first of a two part episode, the FTFF crew discusses mindset with guest Ben Norwood. Ben graduated our academy in 2015 at the same time he lost his mother to cancer and his wife asked for a divorce, all while raising four children. To graduate at the top of his class with all these external stressors says something about the overall quality of his mindset.Stay tuned for Part 2 in a few weeks where we discuss 'inner circle' and the importance of surrounding yourself with others that challenge you and hold you accountable. And coming this Fall, FTFF will be releasing our book titled 'Mindset' that will be available on Amazon in both paperback and e-book.mindset (noun)/ˈmīn(d)set/1.   The established set of attitudes held by someone 

  • Episode 051 – Juliet Draper

    Episode 051 – Juliet Draper

    13/09/2019 Duração: 30min

    Episode 051 - Juliet Draper has been in the fire service for 29 years, and is currently a Training Captain with Colorado Springs Fire Department. Throughout her career, she has put an emphasis on fitness, evidenced by earning a sub-2 minute Combat Challenge time. And she still holds the World Record at 1 minute 48 seconds.She has persevered through struggles in adolescence to later enlist in the Army, and then found her home at CSFD. She talks about never taking herself too seriously, leading by example, and gives advice for navigating uncomfortable situations.

  • Episode 050 – Sam  Chris Adams

    Episode 050 – Sam & Chris Adams

    21/08/2019 Duração: 38min

    Episode 050 - Sam & Chris Adams are both firefighters/paramedics with Colorado Springs Fire Dept. and the authors of Life & Death Matters. We spend our time on this episode talking about mentoring, and what character traits make a good mentor. So you've invested in your new firefighter and you are committed to his/her success, but at what point do you have to move on when there is no progress? What are the end goals of mentoring another firefighter or paramedic? And does an effective mentor allow for failure?

  • Episode 049 – Fire Service Generations Part 1: Pat  Dave McGrail

    Episode 049 – Fire Service Generations Part 1: Pat & Dave McGrail

    31/07/2019 Duração: 41min

    Episode 049 - In Part 1 of our 3-part episode series featuring generational firefighters, we talk with Pat & Dave McGrail, who have nearly eight decades of combined experience in the fire service. Before Dave McGrail, there was Dave's father, Pat. He retired from the Denver Fire Department in 1997 after nearly 42 years of service, ultimately holding the rank of Operations Division Chief. We talk to them about the fire service in the 1950s compared to today, as well as the evolution of their father/son relationship as a whole over the years. Stay tuned for Part 2 of Fire Service Generations, which will be released this Fall.

  • Episode 048 – Bill Kraus

    Episode 048 – Bill Kraus

    05/07/2019 Duração: 37min

    Episode 048 - Bill Kraus has 27 years with Aurora (CO) Fire Rescue and currently holds the rank of Battalion Chief. He rose through the ranks of Firefighter, Paramedic, Lieutenant, and Captain, holding spots on engine and truck companies, the Training Division, as well as HazMat and Technical Rescue Teams. He will be instructing with Bob Pressler and Jim McCormack in September at the Mile High Fire Conference. We discuss his travels to Delaware where he volunteers to ride backwards, and how he keeps his passion for the fire service as a Chief. We also talk about leading up and down, addressing the minimum standard firefighter, and the value of aggressive fire attack coupled with vertical ventilation.

  • Episode 047 – Adam Maiers

    Episode 047 – Adam Maiers

    07/06/2019 Duração: 33min

    Episode 047 - Are you struggling to get hands-on training at your department? Are you blaming officers or others around you for the lack of training? Well it's time to move on from the excuses and just get it done - even if it means you are all alone on the training ground. And if you need some encouragement, then listen to our conversation with Adam Maiers. Adam has 14 years of service split between departments in Colorado and Wyoming. He is currently a career firefighter with Casper (WY) Fire Department. Adam is the man behind the Engine Zero movement and instructs regularly with Mission First/Brothers In Battle.

  • Episode 046 – Bryan Lynch

    Episode 046 – Bryan Lynch

    21/05/2019 Duração: 41min

    Episode 046 - Bryan Lynch is a Lieutenant with Colorado Springs Fire Department. Bryan has been a lead instructor for his department's annual Truck Academy and developed his department's Ground Ladder and Ventilation Programs. Bryan is also the co-founder of Irons and Ladders LLC. We talk about 'senior man' responsibilities when it comes to training new members in the fire service, and how there can be huge value in failing in front of your peers (with sufficient preparation of course).  Bryan also gives advice on how to train when your department's culture doesn't support it, and why setting expectations with your crew is of the utmost importance.

  • Wednesday Burn 008 – McCall (ID) Victim Rescue

    Wednesday Burn 008 – McCall (ID) Victim Rescue

    01/05/2019 Duração: 38min

    Wednesday Burn 008 - McCall (ID) Fire Rescue Medic 54 & Engine 11 bring us their account of rescuing a victim buried in the rubble following a house explosion on March 17, 2019. Firefighter Jon Metz and Firefighter Jason Beck were first on scene and immediately went into rescue mode. Their efforts were supported by Captain Jake Class and Engineer Matt McMahan of Engine 11.  “To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.” ― Sir Winston Churchill

  • Episode 045 – Ben Shultz

    Episode 045 – Ben Shultz

    13/04/2019 Duração: 35min

    Episode 045 - Ben Shultz is a firefighter/paramedic with West Palm Beach Fire Rescue.  His 15-year career has taken him from southern California to Colorado to Florida, from rural to suburban to urban districts.  He has split his time riding the truck, engine, heavy rescue, squad, and medic.  Ben has been an instructor with Irons & Ladders and When Things Go Bad, and currently teaches with Fire By Trade.  His teaching opportunities have taken him to the Fire Nuggets Boise Firefighters Symposium, Mile High Firefighters Conference, FDIC, Fort Lauderdale Fire Expo, Orlando Fire Conference, Metro Atlanta Fire Fighter Conference, and Portland Firemanship Conference. We talk about Ben's "Every Second Counts" lecture and how he parallels the fire service to climbing and alpinism. Time is the enemy on the fire ground and Ben details how he reduces his time through basic skills improvement and by separating from the rig.

  • Episode 044 – Jim Hensel

    Episode 044 – Jim Hensel

    26/03/2019 Duração: 51min

    Episode 044 - Jim Hensel is an author, speaker, teacher, and coach.  He has served in multiple roles throughout his career including Director of Football Culture and Player Development at the University of Northern Colorado and Tennessee Technological University. He has dedicated his career to helping others define themselves and create personal philosophy, vision, and purpose. In partnership with Rich Froning and Crossfit Mayhem, Jim is a co-host on the Froning and Friends podcast and coaches individuals and organizations across the world through the Mayhem Mindset process. Jim is an avid Crossfit enthusiast and has a CrossFit Level 1 certification. Before you listen to this episode, we challenge you to ask yourself these three questions:Who are you?What do you believe?Where are you going?Can you answer these questions in under 30 seconds? Can you articulate your thoughts and beliefs into words that guide your decisions and actions? Are you ready for life's challenges, or better yet, are you prepared?"In The

  • Episode 043 – Adam Woodin

    Episode 043 – Adam Woodin

    04/03/2019 Duração: 50min

    "243 First Responders Commit Suicide Last Year; More Than Died In The Line Of Duty" In 2017, 21 more first responders died by their own hands than those who died in the line of duty. Let that sink in. Adam Woodin shares his struggle with alcoholism, his own thoughts of suicide, and how he got himself out of a dark place and into a purpose driven life. Adam is a Lieutenant with Aurora Fire Rescue (CO) and has been a firefighter for over 12 years, spending two of those years at the Training Academy. If you would like to contact him, you can email him at [email protected]

  • Wednesday Burn 007 – The Clock

    Wednesday Burn 007 – The Clock

    27/02/2019 Duração: 05min

    Does a sub 2 minute Combat time predict with certainty a good performance on the fire ground? Do the fastest times on the day's WOD transfer over to the fastest times on the fire ground? We burn with Zac Varela (Episode 18) about not over-valuing the clock in training, and getting away from the comfort of rehearsed training. Time is important, but performance must be measured with a combination of time and the ability to respond effectively to the unknowns.

  • Episode 042 – Howard Rinewalt

    Episode 042 – Howard Rinewalt

    19/02/2019 Duração: 37min

    Episode 042 - Howard Rinewalt is the Fire Chief of East Montgomery County (TX) Fire Department and Owner of FD Tactics, a Texas based fire training company, which conducts engine and truck company H.O.T. classes as well as a classroom lecture titled "When Seconds Count - We Count Seconds." He has 15 years with EMCFD and has held every rank from Volunteer to his current position as Fire Chief.  Chief Rinewalt discusses the safety campaign, living up to the oath, and why seconds count. He has implemented a physical fitness test that is holding his department's firefighters accountable throughout their careers, and has changed the way EMCFD conducts promotional exams as they now include a physical fitness portion, as well as a fire-based education evaluation. We also talk about fire service mentors, and the advantages and pitfalls of social media.

  • Episode 041 – Dave Hageman

    Episode 041 – Dave Hageman

    02/02/2019 Duração: 42min

    Episode 041 - Dave Hageman is a Captain with the Denver (CO) Fire Department.  He is a West Point graduate, former Army Captain, and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He holds a Systems Engineering degree from West Point, a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Johns Hopkins University, and is currently conducting research as a Ph.D. student in Performance Psychology.  He has served as a strength and conditioning coach at West Point, the Olympic Training Center, Cutthroat Athletics, and now at the local high school.  He is married, has 5 children, and lives in the Denver area. Dave gives us insight and lessons learned from being a member of a wide range of teams, whether it's the military, sports, or the fire service. We talk about the determining factors of investing in team members as the leader or coach, why he chose the fire service over law enforcement, and how self-fulfillment and a purpose-driven life are born out of hard work.

  • Episode 040 – Stephen Tyler

    Episode 040 – Stephen Tyler

    11/01/2019 Duração: 01h18min

    Episode 040 - Fit To Fight Fire Podcast meets Refined By Fire Podcast. Stephen Tyler is the host of Refined By Fire, and is a member of Brothers in Battle. He is a backstep firefighter with Eagle (ID) Fire Department. In this episode, the hosts of each podcast interview each other on topics such as the genesis of FTFF, Stephen's loss of a sibling during his youth, FTFF's stance on running on the fire ground, 2019 Goals, and much more.

  • Episode 039 – Gary Lane

    Episode 039 – Gary Lane

    27/12/2018 Duração: 38min

    Episode 039 - Gary Lane is a fireman in Northeast Ohio, and has just over two decades of experience. He regularly instructs nationwide and will be at the Firemanship Conference in Portland in February 2019. With humility and humor, Gary takes us through his path in the fire service and how he handles the high and low seasons of the career. We touch on the The Book of Andy (Fredericks), which Gary compiled and made available to all of us, and discuss his involvement with Mission First Concepts and Fire Service Warrior. 

  • Episode 038 – Dave LeBlanc

    Episode 038 – Dave LeBlanc

    13/12/2018 Duração: 39min

    Episode 038 - Dave LeBlanc is a Deputy Chief with the Harwich (MA) Fire Department. Dave entered the fire service in 1986 as a Call Firefighter with the Dennis Fire Department, and joined HFD in 1993. He writes regularly for Firefighter Nation and much of his material can also be found on Backstep Firefighter. We discuss the differing mindsets within the fire service of who really comes first on the fire ground, and how the topic of safety has come to the forefront over the past few decades. We also talk about the importance of senior mentors and the influence they have on the next generation of firefighters. Check out a few of his recent articles that he authored with Kelly Lemmons: "Dear Probie" & "The Quiet Professional"  

  • Wednesday Burn 006 – The Safety Campaign

    Wednesday Burn 006 – The Safety Campaign

    05/12/2018 Duração: 12min

    Wednesday Burn 006 - The wrong way to safety is through inaction and risk avoidance. The right way to safety is through work, and work leads to competence. Enough with the Safety Campaign - we propose the Competence Campaign.  

  • Episode 037 – Matt Chan

    Episode 037 – Matt Chan

    26/11/2018 Duração: 36min

    Episode 037 - Matt Chan is a firefighter for North Metro Fire Rescue in suburban Denver, Colorado. His career path is unique in that he temporarily gave up his career as a firefighter to pursue Crossfit at the professional level. He finished 2nd at the 2012 Crossfit Games, and has four Top-10 finishes at the Crossfit Games during his career. After 5 years of competing, he decided to go through the hiring process again for North Metro, and is now continuing on with his fire service career. We discuss the benefits of high intensity physical training, and how knowing your body and your pace will help you on the fire ground. We talk about the perception of failure and the benefits of pushing yourself, whether it's for a 2nd place finish at the Crossfit Games, or on the training ground. Matt also takes us through the adversity he experienced due to a bike accident in 2014, where he crushed a branch of his femoral artery. Doctors initially feared he would lose his leg, but he ended up making a full recovery. Matt c

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