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WYE is the podcast that responds to all emergencies on and off the job. This podcast covers four core areas of life: Physical, Financial, Emotional, and Professional. Inside each of those cores lies four phases of an emergency: Education, Preparation, Response, and Recovery. Through each core, WYE will offer different perspectives on each phase. Industry and Subject Matter Experts will offer their guidance on how best to leverage possibility and maximize results in each of the four areas.
 
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Warning: Explicit Content Also Warning: We talk movies and actors and completely forget Elijah Woods' name. Many years ago, when we were recording our previous show which was laden with expletives, innuendo and clergy molestation humor, Mrs MC mentioned that our off the mic conversations were more interesting than our on the mic conversations and w…
 
You read that right, champions, an off duty firefighter was arrested recently in California after shooting someone over a dispute regarding puppies. Not Dalmations, that would be too obvious. As a quick aside, Dalmations were adopted as Firehouse dogs because they were mostly deaf, dumb as rocks and full of energy. They would run ahead of the horse…
 
FDNY veteran Vincent Dunn has forgotten more fires than you'll ever see. He has published articles, guidelines and books describing things you study for your promotional exam. The man eats, breathes and keeps fire in his life. So what happens when he posts something online about acceptable loss of life at "vacant building fires"? WYE takes notice. …
 
With so many topics floating around the feeds while we were off, HM decides to ask MC some specifics about training on the LEO side compared to some of the issues that have arisen following the mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas. Our show always tried to share what we can learn from one another and this week we focus on three glaring…
 
You last heard from us on June 1st with a Steve Poltz concert. What happened the morning after that concert had both our families in chaos for almost the entire month of June. MClet #2 fell ill and the families scrambled with childcare, driving to and from the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, dance classes, summer activities, you name it. Oh, and sle…
 
They say to never meet your heroes because you'll feel let down. I'm here to tell you that ain't always true. After beating back Covid, MC and the family were able to make it to their favorite event of the year: Strawberry Music Festival. While waiting in line to have one of his favorite artists sign some vinyl, MC and MClet #3 were gifted a one-of…
 
Both MC and HM got the 'Rona last week (thus the absence...apologies). At any rate, this week sees the boys feeling loads better and at the Strawberry Music Festival. Consequently, no new episode. Instead, however, you'll get a bonus episode that is from MC's Badges & Budgets podcast! When you face a significant task with lots of moving parts, it c…
 
Good friend of the show, Bridget Truxillo is back on WYE to talk about her new offering: Basic Wellness Training. Back in Season 3, Episode 31, we talked about automating wellness and some of the basics of getting yourself not only back on the right track, but sometimes, just back on a track. At her website MyProtectiveWellness.com Bridget shares t…
 
Yes, you read that right. Everything is bigger in Texas, except your belt, apparently. Wyoming says no. We all know slugs on the job in Fire, Police and EMS but can we really judge a person’s fitness simply by the size of their waistline? Texas DPS says yes. Listen in to see what the guys think and take a peek at this article which lists law enforc…
 
As HM opened his computer, ready to stump law enforcement expert MC, there was a sly smile from across the recording studio. MC has prepared his own 3 questions to try to stump HM with stories from EMS, Fire, Military, Police and Disaster Preparedness. The questions go back and forth in a fury, seeing new records in correct answers by both contesta…
 
Every now and again your hosts look at the news and think...hmmm...that's weird. As experts in their respective fields it can be odd to read a news story then dig a little deeper to find out what's really going on. This week MC has scrubbed a few stories to share that really had him wondering what else is going on. First stop is Atlanta, GA, where …
 
WARNING - This episode discusses traumatic events and discusses depression and suicide. Listener discretion is advised. Retired Police Sergeant Michael Sugrue has quite the tale to tell so we had him come on What's Your Emergency. Faced with a life or death decision on the job sent Michael into a freefall. His job fell apart, his marriage crumbled …
 
With Covid more or less shutting most hospitals down it meant that all the regular patients who went to the ED were forced to wait longer to see a Doctor. This meant many systems were having Medic units sit on patients (No, as MC learns, not *actually* sit on patients) for hours, sometimes an entire shift. As part of the plan to alleviate this burd…
 
From time to time we seek out experts in our respective fields and beg them to come on this show to share their experiences with our audience and beyond. This is one of those times. Author, Soldier, Firefighter, Husband, Father, Widower and Leader Joshua Chase is on this week to discuss his book Jumpseat Leadership. Yes, you read that right. All of…
 
This week welcomes back a fan favorite, Ask WYE, where we take a question from our listeners, viewers or each other, and get them answered. This week, Justin shares an experience from not long ago where there were two requests for code 3 PD support at the same time: Possibly armed suspect from earlier car jacking found injured, EMS staging at your …
 
Ripped from the headlines! Recently, three Oakland, California, firefighters were injured after their ladder truck crashed into a building after swerving to miss a vehicle in an intersection. As per usual, the keyboard commanders hit the socials to point blame here, there and anywhere, adding their expert observations about vehicle size, speed, loc…
 
As you may recall, one of your co-hosts (the less prettier but way taller one (also younger)) suffered a stress induced migraine storm that took him out of normal rotation for a full three months. During this time of recovery, therapy and a fair amount of medication Justin awaited word from work about the status of his claim that it was, as all the…
 
There are those who say that the Mel Brooks comedy classic Blazing Saddles could never be made today because of the softness of culture; because of the bleeding hearts and their easily offended attitudes; because these kids all got trophies. Well, who bought those trophies? Who raised these softies anyway? That's a topic for another podcast because…
 
WARNING - This episode contains explicit language. Listener discretion is advised. Jason Brick is a gamer, writer, martial arts expert and all around great guy. He has also known Justin since college. This week, Jason is back on WYE Radio to share news about a new collection of stories from people who could very easily ruin your day with their figh…
 
"I heard a loud pop, like a giant balloon and I saw a giant black hole in the door I was standing next to. I looked down, and as I did I smelled the familiar smell of gun powder. I thought to myself 'did I just get shot?' and I told my partner and he told me to lay down so I did. Then he grabbed me by my vest and pulled me around the corner." That'…
 
In the movie version of this week's show, your experts look like Statler and Waldorf from the Muppets, taking off their glasses and taking a deep breath before starting a long, boring story that starts with "You know, back in my day..." Or it could be reminiscing first hearing Davie Bowie sing "Changes" while sitting in a corner. Along with their i…
 
We know what you're thinking while looking at the title of this episode of the world's first, best any only Fire, EMS, Police podcast: Someone has been reading your Christmas list. Did we really get an actual Dudley Doright on the show? We did. Because we know what our audience is looking for and deliver 100% of the time. And no, we're not referrin…
 
On the heels of (finally!) announcing his retirement, MC wants to give you a sneak peak at his latest podcast project: Badges and Budgets. The first episode is a doozy, too. MC comes out swinging and makes the claim that "most cops aren't great with money." Interesting tactic of a marketing genius? Copy-writing savant? Bear-poking? Perhaps all of t…
 
This week Justin pulls three stories from the feeds and sees if MC can guess what's going on. Have a listen to see if you too can guess right, then see the links below for the stories: Story 1: What was so special about the recent launch of the USS Abraham Lincoln and her carrier group? Story 2: How did this man in custody catch on fire? Story 3: I…
 
MC has huge news regarding his retirement status and the guys discuss their hopes moving into 2022. Do we have resolutions? Nope. What is in the place of resolutions? You'll have to listen to find out what we've planned for this coming year both here in the podcast and in all places beyond!​ BOLO Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant The Storyte…
 
It's our Season 3 Wrap Party! We're talking about our favorite episodes, some of our favorite listeners, and look forward to Season 4! Here's a sneak peek: Season 3 Episode 4 the 7 Es of Burnout Ask WYE 60 Is Citizen's Arrest a Real Thing? Season 3 Episode 34 MC's Confession and An Officer's Lament Ask WYE 57 HM's Daughter diagnosed with Type 1 Dia…
 
This week we bring back the long lost ASK WYE segment after an email from Kevin. (Thanks for the email, sir!) He was surprised Justin is so confident there have been no fentanyl exposures leading to the need to actually resuscitate an LEO. We begin by clearing up that Justin, the 26-year Fire and EMS veteran, recommends giving Narcan to the unconsc…
 
*Listener discretion advised. MC let fly a bomb of the F variety. This week, the guys discuss the issue surrounding PD transporting a critical victim in a patrol car instead of an ambulance after a school shooting in Michigan and a possible(?) fentanyl/vape-pen conundrum in a Tennessee school. Listen in as the guys discuss: Should PD or Fire or EMS…
 
EXPLICIT WARNING - This episode contains foul language. Listener discretion is advised. MC was in a mood. From the Astroworld needle backpedal to the origin of Let's Go Brandon to MC dealing with a neighbor hell-bent for leather, we had a fiery discussion about responsibility of first responders, middle managers and administrators as well as a remi…
 
In light of the recent tragedy at the Astroworld Festival, this week the guys discuss event planning in your first alarm area and why it's important to be part of the planning process whenever possible. We also discuss EMS event planning and how what's on paper and what really happens isn't always the same thing. As with many current events, things…
 
This week finds MC rolling solo as Justin enjoys a well earned respite in the Caribbean. In this episode, MC talks openly about his own struggles with anger and sadness (sometimes simultaneously) after a couple decades as a first responder, the death of his mom, and his struggles with parenting a challenging kid. Stick around for the end and listen…
 
Deputy Chief Steve Prziborowski joins us this week to talk about promotional exams and initial hiring exams. A regular speaker at FDIC, where Justin sees him often, Chief P (because typing that name over and over again is going to put me in therapy...sorry Chief) is available to speak directly to your group about the upcoming promotional exam​. We …
 
​Move over Charles Dickens, there's a new Christmas Carol on the block. No, not the Muppet Christmas Carol, even though it is a work of cinematic genius. We're talking about Douglas Brown's new collection of short tales A Firefighter Christmas Carol and other stories. Doug reached out to Justin to see if he'd be interested in reading the book a few…
 
Bridget Truxillo, pronounced as it looks, not as it sounds, joins the guys today to talk about an interesting angle she has on the wellness trend sweeping (finally) through First Responder Land. At her website MyProtectiveWellness.com Bridget shares tips to get a handle on your out of control life and bring you back to reality using her experience …
 
Here's a fun fact about me: MC has taken a trip every year with his dad since he was 12-years-old. As it happens, he's currently on his 37th annual trip! Consequently and in combination with the relatively heavy subject matter of late, Justin and MC wanted to lighten the proverbial load a bit and go back in the archives for some significantly light…
 
WARNING: This episode contains descriptions of traumatic events involving children and discusses suicide. Listener discretion is advised. Red Help is an organization trying to bring awareness to Firefighter mental health and speak candidly about suicide risks. We all know the story: Someone shares that a colleague died by suicide and the entire com…
 
On the other end of the microphone this week is owner of Filthy Pirate Coffee, Dan Spencer. In addition to being a veteran, and retired Police Officer, Dan and his family followed their passion and now make some amazing coffee and tea combinations. And in addition they give back to their community in addition to offering free coffee in their shack/…
 
Catchy title, right? This week the guys sit down to talk about their recent emergency, both from the patient's (Justin's) point of view and from the family members and friends learning of the event and what to do next. We discuss: What happened to Justin that day and how he came to be in the hospital How Justin's wife reacted to the phone call and …
 
Living in a beautiful mountain mining town in northern California certainly has its perks. The amazing scenery, the history of the little towns and old buildings scattered through the valleys, the old railroad stations...it can be an amazing life. Until Fire Season. Listen as we interview MC's sister-in-law and brother-in-law about their experience…
 
If you enjoyed last week's explicit tag, this week won't disappoint either! Therapist Lauren Rich returns to talk about trauma. Here's what you'll learn: What trauma is and isn't and why it's so hard to tell Common signs we may see in ourselves and each other that may indicate we need help How to get over the "suck it up" mentality everyone thinks …
 
WARNING: This episode contains explicit language and frank discussion of traumatic scenes and events some listeners may find inappropriate. Listener discretion is advised.​ This week, we talk with licensed Psycotherapist Lauren Rich from LaurenRich.net. Her slogan says everything you need to know about if Lauren gets what first responders and veter…
 
We've always talked about how important home life is as a first responder. Coming home safe can't be your only goal and if you solely identify yourself as what you do for a living, it can make home life miserable not just for you but for everyone around you.​ This week, we welcome speaker and wellness trainer Jonathan Parker to talk about just this…
 
In this episode, we talk about the #RiverFire and the sad news that MC's sister-in-law and brother-in-law lost their home and everything in it. We reference our first episode where we discuss Disaster Planning, but, more importantly, we are asking for your support for Lizz and Jamie Porter. They are our family and our friends. You can help by going…
 
Everyone in the first responder family needs to be thinking about life after the job. Whether you're a few weeks from retirement or looking at a full 30 years ahead of you, your thoughts need to be focused on being safe and what to do later. This week the guys welcome LEO 2 CEO founder Adam Wills to discuss his efforts in helping other LEOs prepare…
 
This week your hosts continue a conversation started with New York Times Bestselling Author, and tall guy, Jon Acuff about his new book Soundtracks. They only had 30 minutes of Jon's time and didn't even crack the surface of all the questions, observations and comments they had, so they hung up with him and hit record again to discuss it. This week…
 
This week your hosts welcome New York Times Bestselling Author, and tall guy, Jon Acuff to talk about his new book Soundtracks. As you are aware, many first responders struggle with an inner monologue that drives us down. "I'm not good enough. I'll never get promoted. I can't find a better job." Researcher Mike Peasley PhD and Jon worked for years …
 
New York Times Bestselling Author, Jon Acuff, dropped by the WYE studios to ask our resident Motor a burning question: "Are cops required to get tazed?" Oddly enough, the topic of being set on fire also comes up...but that's how WYE works, right? Don't miss out on MC's answer...and look for our upcoming interview with Jon next week! Support the sho…
 
The Florida community of Surfside is still reeling from the sudden collapse of an condo building overnight a few days ago leaving 150 people presumed dead. While many news outlets are finding new security footage, as first responders we can learn a lot from talking to the responders first in on these scenes. You'll learn: The importance of a good L…
 
Remember early 2020 when we only had to wait three weeks to make Covid go away? Ah, simpler times. 15 months later, we're starting to emerge from our relative cocoons and starting to see normal sights. Like bar fights, publicly inebriated idiots (aka Otis), and the like. What kind of "normal" things are you seeing where you are? Support the show (h…
 
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