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In this episode Ken and I discuss RIT on the fire ground, as well as the importance of continuous training on the topic. We discuss Phoenix Firefighter Brett Tarver's LODD, and how his department took an active approach to researching all the details of RIT and Maydays on the fire scene. We also go into some NFPA standards that require a RIT to be …
 
In this installment I review the chemical characteristics of carbon monoxide (CO), along with an overview of atmospheric monitoring. The topic takes a path of proper response and mitigation procedures, as well as the proper PPE to wear on a CO call. I also talk about finer points of medical treatment for victims who were exposed to CO as well as so…
 
In this installment, I give an overview of current U.S. and Florida COVID-19 statistics. From there I discuss some of the comments I have received regarding using UV light to disinfect N95 masks, attempts to prolong PPE life, and different disinfectants listed on the CDC website (link is below). I also, discuss the use of O3 (ozone) machines for di…
 
In this installment I discuss hydrogen sulfide as the chemical that has gained prominence over the past few years in chemical suicides. I also talk about onscene indications of hydrogen sulfide, as well as proper PPE selection when mitigating these situations. I briefly discuss chemical suicide awareness for other chemicals aside from hydrogen sulf…
 
In this installment, I talk about COVID-19 and why it is so highly contagious. I also talk about what the area I work in is doing for COVID-19 responses, along with what proper PPE to wear. I discuss the different CDC recommendations for PPE, as well as donning, deconing, and doffing your PPE safely. Another topic discussed is reminding everyone to…
 
In this episode, we introduce our new guest co-host, Ken, to the show. The topic focused for this episode is fog and smoothbore nozzles, as well as side topics on pump hydraulics, hose management, and tactical considerations for each particular nozzle. This episode also talks about flow path of fire and using nozzles to perform hydraulic ventilatio…
 
In this episode I talk about the history of Saint Florian and how he became the patron saint of firefighters. I delve into Florian's history as a Roman soldier, commander, and Christian who defied an emperor's wishes of religious persecution. This episode also talks about standing firm in what one's beliefs are and holding true to them, much like S…
 
In this installment of Hazmatician Chronicles I dive into a little bit of World War II history involving the Battle of Stalingrad. In this battle there are allegations that Russia released a biological war agent (Tularemia) on the invading German forces. I also go over what Tularemia is, how contagious it is, and the signs & symptoms of this biolog…
 
In this episode I talk about what makes a vehicle a hybrid and how to identify them through the manufacturers vehicle badging. I also discuss basic electrical theory, and I debunk a number of myths related to these type of vehicles. During the episode I go over proper power down procedures for the vehicle's electrical systems prior to extrication, …
 
In this episode I ask the question of "what legacy do you want to leave in the fire service?". I discuss building a positive legacy starting as a probationary firefighter all the way up to an officer. There is some pride and ownership subject matter in this episode, which helps build the main topic of leaving a lasting positive legacy as a firefigh…
 
In this inaugural relaunch podcast episode I give a brief history of the Maltese Cross and how it has become the symbol of the fire service. This episode goes into detail about the Knights of Malta and how they were established, and their symbol that would come to be known as the Maltese Cross. Aside from the history of the Maltese Cross, the histo…
 
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