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*UPDATE* After speaking with the law firm identified in this podcast, they apologized for the article and have since removed it from their website. In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara thanks his audience members for their support with recognizing his cousin Stephen Ferrara's recent passing. As the episode continues…
 
In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host, Kevin Ferrara talks about how many believe the health and safety of firefighters are less important than profits made by chemical companies producing PFAS. Before the podcast starts, Kevin recognizes his cousin, Stephen Ferrara who recently passed away. Stephen was a volunteer firefighter, fo…
 
Get ready everyone, this episode is going to be explosive! AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara gives his interpretation of the July 22, 2021, DoD Inspector General (IG) report that shows what the DoD has and has not done to protect DoD personnel including firefighters from PFAS contamination. Kevin provides audience members a summa…
 
In this episode, The Weekend Wrap-up host, Kevin Ferrara speaks about the importance and really, the necessity of fire protection and emergency services performing crew inspection through commercial facilities within their jurisdiction. Recent incidents have shown that had a thorough crew inspection, or building walk-through been performed, the out…
 
In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host, Kevin Ferrara talks privately about PFAS and what is and is not being done to protect firefighters exposed to toxic substances. Kevin talks about the Michael Lecik Military Firefighters Protection Act and where the piece of proposed legislation currently rests in Congress, explaining some of …
 
In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara sits down with fellow veteran and firefighter Jason Kling to hear his thoughts on his experience in fire protection and emergency services. Jason shares with Kevin's audience how he became interested in emergency services, the military, and how he took his military experience and…
 
In this episode, Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara speaks with Tom Cook, Pennsylvania State Fire Academy Administrator. Tom shares with the audience how he got into the fire service and ultimately found his calling as the academy's Administrator. Tom shares what the academy does and how it's structured. Throughout the podcast, Tom and Kevin discus…
 
In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host, Kevin Ferrara sits down with two of the most popular comedians in the fire service, Jason Patton, Vice-President of Fire Department Coffee and creator of Fire Department Chronicles, and Brent Fenton, otherwise known as Firefighter Fenton who you might recognize by his iconic mustache and Bost…
 
In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host, Kevin Ferrara speaks one-on-one with Doctor Jamie DeWitt from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University (ECU), North Carolina. Dr. DeWitt shares her work on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and the impact it has on the human body, especially firefighters who use produ…
 
AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara introduces listeners to NFPA 1700 - Modern Structural Firefighting. This free course provided by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is what Kevin considers an extremely beneficial resource tool to put in any firefighter's "toolbox" for use as a reference. Kevin speaks about how fire …
 
The Weekend Wrap-up host, Kevin Ferrara starts off this episode by summarizing the recent Remediation and Impact of PFAS Congressional hearing that occurred on March 24 not on the 25th as Kevin misstated in his podcast. Kevin gives his opinion on what he heard during witness testimony and why he feels what the DoD said, or didn't say supports the c…
 
In this episode, Weekend Wrap-up host, Kevin Ferrara talks about a Congressional hearing on PFAS that was postponed twice and his opportunity to testify removed. Kevin reads for listeners and viewers, what was supposed to be his opening statements that highlight how the DoD and Air Force continue to pushback on the fact PFAS does have a significant…
 
In this episode, Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara sits down with representatives from the Berks County, Pennsylvania Fire Chaplains Network to discuss firefighter suicide awareness and prevention. Berks County Fire Chaplains Network representatives, CJ Ferrara and Kindall Wann provide insight on how they became involved in the fire service and wh…
 
In this episode, Weekend Wrap-up host, Kevin Ferrara speaks on the importance of Firefighter Suicide Awareness and Prevention. Kevin provides some data on the number of firefighter suicides throughout the United States as well as telephone numbers for individuals to call and talk with trained professionals. Kevin talks about AFFF and PFAS contamina…
 
AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara discusses firefighter cancer awareness and how it continues to affect firefighters across the globe. Kevin talks about PFAS and how it directly affects firefighters through repeated exposure to products of combustion during and after an incident. Kevin shares his thoughts on why PFAS blood testin…
 
Kevin Ferrara, host of AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up podcast continues discussing Fire Fighter Cancer Awareness month. To provide additional commentary, Kevin invited Chief Billy Goldfeder to the show. Chief Goldfeder is no stranger in the fire service, highly recognized for his many years of service to several departments and the communities t…
 
It's 2021, and time for the fight to begin! With January being Firefighter Cancer Awareness Month, it's fitting AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara talks about PFAS and how it has affected military firefighter, their families, and civilians living near military installations. Kevin highlights the Firefighter Cancer Support Network …
 
In this episode, the last for 2020, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara gives thanks to his listeners while addressing some topics that affected fire protection and emergency services throughout 2020. Kevin sheds some light on what he and the podcast have planned for 2021 to include hosting Chief Billy Goldfeder on an upcoming epis…
 
AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara returns from a brief hiatus to talk to his faithful listeners about issues affecting fire protection and emergency services around the globe. Kevin starts off by talking about PFAS blood testing and how it has been definitively found in firefighter turnout gear. Kevin discusses the need for more …
 
In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara discusses what he states in his podcast, something he fears is not being addressed enough, if at all; that being a structured firefighter health and wellness program. Kevin discusses how a research project he authored and then developed an evaluation to test his hypothesis proved…
 
In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, the Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara provides his personal insight on an issue that is or should be of significant concern within the fire service; that being a need for a firefighter turnout gear safety stand-down in the US Air Force. After receiving several messages that included evidence of the allegations the ne…
 
In this episode of AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up, host Kevin Ferrara invites former firefighter and cancer warrior Dan Casson back to the show. Dan talks about his cancer treatments and how he was awarded new ratings pertaining to his cancer. Dan speaks from the heart and soul about how the various forms of cancer his doctors believe are a resu…
 
In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara speaks with Doctor Graham Peaslee, a renowned leader in the science community who along with his students and esteemed colleagues, conducted research that found PFAS in firefighter turnout gear. Doctor Peaslee explains why his work is important and why those in the fire service c…
 
In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara speaks with Neil Hogan, former Air Force firefighter and retired DoD Chief Fire Officer who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2018. Neil discusses how he was diagnosed with cancer, the impact it has on him and his family, and how the Veterans Affairs (VA) finally recogn…
 
In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara speaks with Jeff Knobbe, firefighter and PPE specialist who shares his personal thoughts on PFAS and how it is affecting firefighters across the country. Jeff starts the episode by sharing with listeners, how he became involved in the fire service. Jeff then talks about his deali…
 
In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara provides his own opinion about PFAS, firefighter turnout gear, and the NFPA, in particular, the certification process for firefighter turnout gear and what he and many others believe needs to be changed. Before the episode begins, host Kevin Ferrara shares the exciting news that …
 
In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara speaks one-on-one with Larissa Conroy, Orlando FD firefighter paramedic, and Olympic weightlifter Larissa begins the interview discussing how she became a firefighter and why she is so passionate about career development and secondary education. Throughout the interview, Larissa …
 
In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up, host Kevin Ferrara speaks one-on-one with Sean Mitchel, Secretary/Treasurer of Nantucket Firefighters Local 2509. Sean begins the interview discussing how he became a firefighter and what led him to where he is today in the fire service highlighting who his mentors were and continue to be. Through…
 
In this episode of AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up, host Kevin Ferrara talks about why mentoring in the firehouse is important and what affect or impact it has on each individual and the organization overall. Kevin then provides updates to the Edwards Air Force Base High Expansion Foam incident and explains why it is important now more than ever …
 
In this episode, host Kevin Ferrara talks to listeners about firefighters at Edwards Air Force Base in California training with high expansion foam (HEF) during an exercise involving an aircraft hangar. The HEF foam contains hazardous chemicals similar to AFFF yet, firefighters were unnecessarily exposed to toxic foam who likely believed the materi…
 
In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara talks with military veteran and former firefighter Vince Davis. Vince is a leader and mentor in the fire service that many look to for guidance and encouragement. Vince is an outspoken individual that says what he thinks and means what he says. Not afraid to speak about the ongoi…
 
In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara talks with military veteran and former firefighter Dan Casson. Dan submitted several claims for VA disability and was finally successful in receiving a 100% rating due to his cancer that his doctors and the VA attributed to his exposure to AFFF and firefighting while in the milit…
 
In this episode, host Kevin Ferrara talks about the recent study conducted by Doctor Graham Peaslee and his colleagues who found firefighter turnout gear contains PFAS and that when subjected to abrasion, sheds particulates containing PFAS that can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled. The research also found that PFAS was found on the gloves of…
 
In this episode, host Kevin Ferrara is seeking military firefighters who have stories to share with the No Defense documentary filmmakers who are working on a new project highlighting the impact AFFF and PFAs have on individuals. This is an opportunity to share with the world, the significance AFFF has had on end-users who for the longest time, sim…
 
In this episode, host Kevin Ferrara speaks about PFAS news affecting Michigan, Maryland, and Okinawa. Kevin talks about how, in Michigan, the U.S. Air Force has agreed to work with state agencies to begin clean-up actions at the former Wurtsmith AFB in Oscoda. Additionally, Kevin talks about how PFAS testing is going to start in the Baltimore, Mary…
 
In this episode, host Kevin Ferrara recaps listeners with what panelists during the PFAS Discussion Panel spoke about as the continue their work with each other, environmental groups and of course Congress. Host Kevin Ferrara explained Congress is currently looking at four topic areas consisting of: Increasing funding for clean-up operations Morato…
 
In this episode, AFSO21 Radio Host, Kevin Ferrara discusses the ongoing issues involving PFAS that is plaguing the nation. Kevin discusses some work that Congress is doing and his involvement in obtaining a standard blood test level and PFAS Registry. Kevin discusses how the recent riots across the nation are impacting emergency responders. Wrappin…
 
This episode, AFSO21 Radio host, Kevin Ferrara talks about the massive Los Angeles fire that injured 12 firefighters, many critically. Kevin speaks about the ongoing Marine Corps Air Station Futenma firefighting foam incident. As the episode winds down, host Kevin Ferrara brings to listeners attention an upcoming PFAS panel that will be live stream…
 
This episode, host Kevin Ferrara briefly talks about how strategy can impact yourself or your organization. Kevin talks about the SWOT analysis and certain pitfalls to be aware of that can result in a negative impact. Kevin highlights the need for effective communication and teamwork. Strategy blog: https://afso21.com/blog/f/the-five-whys-and-how-t…
 
In this episode, AFOS21 Radio Host Kevin Ferrara updates listeners about the ongoing situation at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa and the 60,000 gallons of firefighting agent that was released, contaminating not only the base but the local community. Kevin then reaches out to listeners, encouraging them to contact their Congressional lead…
 
This weekend, Host Kevin Ferrara discusses PFAS contamination at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa as well as PFAS contamination at former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Michigan. Other topics include volunteer fire departments and how the issues affecting funding, recruitment, and retention are affecting their survivability. We wrap up this e…
 
AFSO21 Radio host Kevin Ferrara talks about a hidden hazard in our communities, PFAS which is found in firefighting foam. Kevin talks about where PFAS is found and how it has significantly impacted military installations, nearby communities, and hundreds of thousands of individuals. Kevin then briefly discusses various health concerns associated wi…
 
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