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Firefighters are problem solvers whose role requires them to be on their best day whilst others are having their worst day, and while we do not claim to be perfect we are willing to put our lives on the line to try. It’s during the trying that we continue to develop the mindset, tactics, and training that allow us to be effective, safe and successful where it’s needed the most, and by sharing our experiences we hope that it may help other Fire Departments in creating what works for them. Sta ...
 
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E163 - Flood Update, Basement Fire, Training Rapid Deployment and Fully Involved vs. Working Structure Fire. This week we update the recent flooding that hit west coast BC and how that has impacted the rest of the Province . We go on to discuss some recent training Todd and his crew took part in that had them working with limited man-power, drillin…
 
E165 - Wild Fires in December, Snow Day MVI’s and Medical Assists. This week was pretty spacious in the studio with Rob and Ash getting together on our first “ snow day “ of the year. We discussed a December Wild Wire in Denton Montana, MVA’s , Soft/Passive entry , and Medical Assists from the past week. WHO WE ARE As a group of Rural Volunteer Fir…
 
ON THIS EPISODE: Health & Wellness Officer Captain Layne Hilton and Clinical Operations Director Darren Elkins of Blomquist Hale are back in the studio to discuss strengthening relationships at home. We talk about things shared between happy couples, and adjustments that can be made to strengthen a relationship that's struggling. How do you deal wi…
 
E164 - Medical First Responder Scenarios, from Shortness of Breath calls to Gunshot wounds. This we went over our last two weeks of training. Groups ran through medical scenarios as their First Responder Teams. Each team ran a Medical call and a Trauma call. We discuss the different dynamics of each time and finding the balance when mixing higher l…
 
E162 - Working Structure Fire and Flooding and Landslides in BC leaving the West Coast cut off from the rest of the Province. This week we talked about the recent flooding and mud slides that have left the West Coast of BC cut off from the rest of the province. The boys go on to talk about a working structure fire on the edge of our coverage area t…
 
E161 - Critical Incident Stress Management, Jr Fire Fighters and a Pretty Special Venue This week we chatted about CISM ( critical incident stress management ) , and our new recruits including a Jr. Fire fighter all from the cab of one of our pick up trucks while we were out hunting. WHO WE ARE As a group of Rural Volunteer Firefighters, our Fire D…
 
E160 - Fire Fighter Relay Races and Other Interesting Practice Nights. Winter / Chimney Fire Discussion. This week we went over a Fire Fighter relay race we ran last week. Two Engines and two tenders traveled to four stations including Live Fire, Throwing Ladders, Forestry Bump and Run and a classic two unit hydrant hit. These sessions were timed a…
 
E159 - VEIS Hard Point Attack and First Responder Roles This week we chatted about going Live in First Responder. What each persons role will look like and how we can be best set to hit the ground running. We went on to discuss VEIS and using that room as a hard point to progress to fire attack. WHO WE ARE As a group of Rural Volunteer Firefighters…
 
E158 - Structure Fire Rescue and Bail Out Video Review. VEIS Training Break Down. This week we watched and discussed a recent video that has been floating around. 2 story residential building, Second floor rescue and Fire Fighter Bail Out. We go on to discuss early water application. Can the Pump Operator step down and handle a short hand line for …
 
E157 - Structure Fire, VEIS , Force Entry , Quality 360s and Adapting Plans This week we discuss a recent structure fire call which had Scott first on scene as command. A quality 360 had the original windshield survey changing due to a large propane tank. The plan changed again with reported patients inside. Multiple VEIS searches followed by an ag…
 
This week we wrap the BC Wildfire Season. Quick stats show 343 homes lost, just shy of 500k hectares burnt and 2 lives lost. We go on to discuss , with the changing weather cooling down we are headed back to the training ground for some Live Fire ! First task up on the list is VEIS. Vent Enter Isolate Search is an amazing tactic for rapid searches …
 
E155 - Auto X Training, Ag. Tractor Roll Over and Out of The Box Techniques This week we talked about an Auto X course Todd attended put on by DYNAMIC RESCUE. We go on to discuss a technical rescue call for a patient trapped under a rolled Agriculture Tractor with a mower attached. This seen the crew have to think of their feet and come up with som…
 
E154 - Expanding Your Training. Interior vs. Exterior ops and Apparatus To Suit Your Needs This week we talked about Heebville NS’s take on a ladder truck. Interior vs Exterior only ops department and training above your level of service. WHO WE ARE As a group of Rural Volunteer Firefighters, our Fire Department has built our firefighter training f…
 
ON THIS EPISODE: Health & Wellness Officer Captain Layne Hilton, and Clinical Operations Director Darren Elkins of Blomquist Hale are back this week to discuss stress. Stress is the number one killer of firefighters, and we talk about why. Depending on how we relate to the stress we're experiencing, the consequences in the body are different. We ta…
 
E153 - 9/11 , Rope Rescue Scenario and FR Medical This week we looked back on 9/11. We discussed what that means to us after 20 years. We went on to discuss our recent scenario that had a patient over embankment and then a second water rescue drowning was toned out half way through. WHO WE ARE As a group of Rural Volunteer Firefighters, our Fire De…
 
E152 - Competency VS Compliance, and Callsigns for Life This week we discussed Competency VS Compliance. Book Smart vs real world experience and how to bridge the two through proper training. We wrap up with a discussion on Callsigns for life, and the pros and cons getting away from using Names on fire grounds and using a numerical callsign. WHO WE…
 
ON THIS EPISODE: Chief Petersen sits down to discuss his station visits, and all that's learned through this lengthy, but invaluable process. He also gives us a glimpse into what he sees coming for next year's visits. GUESTS: Fire Chief - Dan Petersen Public Information Officer - Aaron Lance FOLLOW US: Facebook - @unifiedfireauthority Instagram - @…
 
EP151 - Wild land Forestry Deployment Update and Regional Task Force Teams This week we discussed some of the things that happened over our 4 week deployment between all of the crews. Things we learned, liked and adopted moving forward. We went on and talked about future regional Task Force teams and what that may look like. WHO WE ARE As a group o…
 
ON THIS EPISODE: We review the June 16, 2021 three-alarm fire that happened at an apartment complex under construction in Millcreek. Nearly 60 firefighters and 20 apparatus from six surrounding agencies were utilized due to the size and complexity of the fire. News segment courtesy of Fox 13 Salt Lake City. You can view their full article, Massive …
 
EP150 - Team 3 Deployment, Rookies Right of Passage and Firefighter Games at Local Resort This week we sent out our 3rd team on structure protection duty on the White Lake Fire currently mapping at 81 thousand Hectares. We discussed an annual trip to the LakeSide Resort where we run a 2 line hose relay , an auto x demo where we get involvement from…
 
EP149 - Structure Protection Units , Wild land Fire Fighting and being Fire Smart This week we discussed one of the many forest fires in British Columbia. Focusing on Logan Lake fire at 60 thousand hectares, where current Fire Chief Doug Wilson and past Chief Dan Leighton pre planned and fire smarted the town , adding Structure Protection Units to …
 
ON THIS EPISODE: South Jordan Fire Department joins us to review the June 15, 2021 incident when a man died after a trench collapsed at a construction site in South Jordan. GUESTS: (South Jordan Fire Dept.) Deputy Chief - Ryan Lessner (South Jordan Fire Dept.) Captain - Jared Velez Operations Chief - Dusty Dern Captain - Travis Hobbs Engineer - Jak…
 
EP148 - Out of Area Deployment, and Strange Calls from Dispatch This week, we discussed sending a crew and an Engine out of town to help on the White Lake fire currently mapping at 55 thousand hectares. We go on to discus a few strange calls from Dispatch and ended with a fire call and our mic packing it in. We apologize for the audio at the end bu…
 
EP147 - Welcome To The Show. Part 2 With Heli Pilot Mike P. Nkmip Creek Wildfire This week, Mike P joined us again to detail what it was like being our eyes ( and water ) in the sky. We went on to discuss the second half of our week. Structure protection , more Rank 5 events and pooling resources and creative coms. WHO WE ARE As a group of Rural Vo…
 
This week we discussed the first few hours, and then days of our Wild Fire that kicked off Monday July 19th. At the time of the podcast it has grown to 7000ha , listed as out of control and we are expecting that number to continue to rise. WHO WE ARE As a group of Rural Volunteer Firefighters, our Fire Department has built our firefighter training …
 
This week we discussed more of our local fires, and an unfortunate incident leaving a fire fighter in the hospital. We went on to talk about pumper practice games and the importance of Pre Plan and expanding that position. WHO WE ARE As a group of Rural Volunteer Firefighters, our Fire Department has built our firefighter training from both old and…
 
This week we discussed a recent Helicopter Crash and the resources potentially required. Some large wild fires in our are and a devastating fire in Lytton BC where roughly 90% of the town was lost. WHO WE ARE As a group of Rural Volunteer Firefighters, our Fire Department has built our firefighter training from both old and new tactics in the fire …
 
This week we were joined by Mike P from Todd’s department, who is a helicopter pilot for wild land fires both in North America and Australia. We have a healthy discussion on what we can do to make our lives easier on the ground as well as the lives of our air support allies over head. This seems fitting as both of our departments battled interface …
 
EP142 - HEAT, Manpower, Mutual Aid , Wild land Training and Coms This week we discussed our Wild Land Pump and Run scenario, the record breaking heat in the valley and the concerns that brings. We discussed a few interesting calls we ran lately as we tried to keep our sanity in the podcast studio with the rising temperatures. Be sure to find our gi…
 
ON THIS EPISODE: We touch base with Emergency Management to discuss their hands-on experience working through the pandemic and what their division's goals look like moving forward. This last year has been different than any other for Emergency Management. A 5.7 earthquake, the windstorm, civil unrest and of course, the COVID-19 pandemic has kept ev…
 
EP141 - Auto X Refresher and Wildland Fire Scenario Prep This week we discuss an upcoming practice where we will be focusing on wild land fire fighting in an urban interface setting. Utilizing pump, bump and run, the idea will be to stay as mobile as possible through tactical patrols and quick hose re loads keeping all apparatus detached from hydra…
 
EP140 - Road Trip Structure Fire Discussion This week we set off on a trip to plan our fall hunting camp. So why not bring the podcast equipment on the road with us and discuss a recent structure fire we had that presented us with some challenges and command was faced with some difficult choices to make. WHO WE ARE As a group of Rural Volunteer Fir…
 
EP139 - MOTIS, Finally we sit down with the boys from MOTIS FIRE RESCUE. This week we finally got together with MOTIS Fire and Rescue. Luke and Paul got together and started a company built around the SNAGGER tool and have been expanding to Hydrant wrenches, force entry wedges , soft entry tools , pouches, pocket organizers and much more. Tune in a…
 
EP138 - Structure Fire Scenario, Followed By a Structure Fire Call For Todd Resulting In A Mutual Aid call for Scott and Ash. This week we sat down and discussed a recent Structure Fire scenario that involved 2 patients , VEIS , Roof ops and more. We follow that up with discussion about a Structure fire Todd and his crew attended resulting in a mut…
 
EP137 - Rookie Training, Importance of Groups vs Solo hires, Paramedic Services Week and more. This week we got together over our Victoria Day Long Weekend and had a chat about our recent recruits and how we bring them in in groups of 3 +. How that builds a team aspect that carries on long into their time in the service. WHO WE ARE As a group of Ru…
 
EP136 - Multiple Structure Fires AGAIN, Strange Dispatching and Quick Thinking Catches Second Suspicious Fire. This week between our two departments we had a few structure fires…again. We were down to only one grass fire this week. We chat about some recent training in auto x and always being alert and ready to go as Scott and Ash found themselves …
 
ON THIS EPISODE: We discuss a benefit available to all UFA employees upon reaching eligibility requirements. UFA is proposing to the Board a 2% addition to all VEBA accounts for eligible employees, which will create 212 new accounts for employees now added to this benefit. This 2% will give everyone the start to a VEBA account until meeting the req…
 
EP135 - Multiple Structure Fires, More Grass Fires and Training Ground Vandalism This week between our two departments we had a few structure fires, a few grass fires and a bunch of vandalism ending in 5 cars on fire at our training grounds. WHO WE ARE As a group of Rural Volunteer Firefighters, our Fire Department has built our firefighter trainin…
 
EP134 - Stop The Bleed Month. Video Review and Commentary. This week we watched a handful of videos involving bleeds and tourniquet application, discussing quick application and keeping your focus to foster the best patient outcome. WHO WE ARE As a group of Rural Volunteer Firefighters, our Fire Department has built our firefighter training from bo…
 
On this episode: We catch up with our Fire Prevention Division. Division Chief/Fire Marshal Brad Larson along with Deputy Fire Marshals Dan DeVoogd and Stewart Gray explain the division's unique role in our organization. On a regular basis, Fire Prevention works alongside our community partners to assure that the planning and development of our jur…
 
EP133 - Structure Fire, Vehicle In River , Out of The Box Search Practice and more This week we talked about a recent Structure Fire in a mobile home. A vehicle into the river, swift water rescue as well as some out of the box search training done at our local Ice Area. WHO WE ARE As a group of Rural Volunteer Firefighters, our Fire Department has …
 
EP132 - Expanding Response Area and The New Equipment That Comes With it. This week we discuss expanding our response area, some new specialty equipment that comes with it ,our recent training and a near by hazmat call. WHO WE ARE As a group of Rural Volunteer Firefighters, our Fire Department has built our firefighter training from both old and ne…
 
On this episode: We are checking in with our Logistics Division. Chief Zach Robinson talks through some of the work that's been done since he came into his position about three years ago. Some of the big picture improvements are the implementation of new software for fleet, supply and asset management - these have provided great changes for the div…
 
EP131 - MCI Scenario, Live Patient Actors, and Scene Size Ups This week we discuss our most recent MCI scenario. We talk about the benefits of using live actors in scenarios keeping everyone on their toes and as realistic as possible. We briefly touch on scene size up and differing tactics. WHO WE ARE As a group of Rural Volunteer Firefighters, our…
 
EP130 - Tradition, Changing Over Time. Helmets, Nozzles and a rabbit hole of topics. This week we discuss the changes in the fire service. Leather helmets vs “plastic”, combination nozzles vs. smooth bore, our new multi use helmets and a wide range of other topics that we venture off path about. WHO WE ARE As a group of Rural Volunteer Firefighters…
 
On this episode: We dive into the responsibilities of our Special Enforcement Division (SED) with Division Chief Steve Ball and two of our Investigators, Steve Bowen and Paul Larsen. Arson and Explosive related incidents are considered two of the most dangerous criminal activities that threaten our citizens. The team utilizes highly-trained and cer…
 
E129 - Trigger Warning. MCI, Stab Wounds and Todd’s unexpected trip down memory lane. This week we discuss a few local MCI events surrounding stab wounds. What that would look like for First Responder Fire Departments. What style med kits were looking at. Ending with a personal experience Todd shared about a trip he took where he used some of these…
 
On this episode: We sit down with Health & Wellness Officer Captain Layne Hilton and one of our Employee Assistance Program providers, Darren Elkins, to discuss the services available through our organization. The foundation of EAP is counseling to help with life's challenges. All employees and family members are eligible to receive EAP benefits. U…
 
E128- Limited Manpower First Due, FireFighter Scavenger Hunts and Losing your Load… This week we discuss our latest training , one group worked on limited manpower first due structure fire ops , firefighter scavenger hunts and losing your hose load and other equipment. Lastly, we have a return of a familiar face in the podcast room ! WHO WE ARE As …
 
E127 - Medical First Responder, The Official kick off to Forestry / Wild Land season and Emergency HQ This week we discuss the completion of the Medical First Responder course for 12 of our members, whats next and how we imagine the roll out could look. We discuss the “official” kick off to Forestry / Wild Land season as more grass / brush / wild l…
 
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