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The FireDawg Podcast – Episode 46 – Recounting “Black Sunday” with FDNY and Former Air Force Firefighter

Matt Wilson April 23, 2023

How to listen 🎧 Apple Spotify Zencastr In episode 46, Matt and Chris talk with FDNY Firefighter Jeff Cool. On January 23rd, 2005, Jeff survived what later became known as “Black Sunday”. Jeff and 5 other New York City firefighters bailed out of the 4th floor of an illegally divided […]

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The FireDawg Podcast – Episode 45 – Don’t Sell Yourself Short – How to Maximize Your Transition Out of the Military – Chief Michael “Mikee” Ott

Matt Wilson February 17, 2023

In this episode, Matt speaks with Chief Michael Ott, former Air Force Firefighter and now Fire Chief for Tulare Fire Department, California. They discuss his transition out of the military, how to maximize your marketability as a former military firefighter, and what to expect during the transition. Chief Ott is […]

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The FireDawg Podcast – Episode 44 – The Importance & Application of Fireground Thermal Imaging

Matt Wilson January 14, 2023

In episode 44, Matt speaks with Andrew Starnes. Andy currently serves as a Battalion Chief in a large career department in NC. He is a well-known fire service contributor on the topics of thermal imaging, fire behavior, leadership, behavioral health, and faith-based devotions. He is also the founder of Bringing […]

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The FireDawg Podcast – Episode 42 – Creating an “Always Ready” Training Regimen & Mentality – Nick Martin

Matt Wilson August 12, 2022

In episode 42, Matt and Chris sit down with Nick Martin, a well-known fireground training advocate and founder of Combat Ready Fire Training. They discuss the “combat ready” mentality and the importance of always being ready to perform. Nick also offers advice to departments with lower call volumes and advice […]

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The FireDawg Podcast – Episode 41 – Fire Protection Support for the 2021 Afghanistan Withdrawl – MSgt Roy Campos

Matt Wilson May 26, 2022

In this episode, Matt speaks with MSgt Roy Campos about the Air Force Fire Protection Support given on Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA) in Kabul Afghanistan in August 2021.  Roy led the 13 person Fire Protection Quick Strike Team (QST) for 12 days in support of the Afghanistan evacuation and […]

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The FireDawg Podcast – Episode 40 – Advice on Leadership & Military Service Transition – Retired Ohio Fire Marshal Chief Robert Rielage

Matt Wilson May 18, 2022

In this episode, Matt talks to former Ohio State Fire Marshal Bob Rielage. They speak about his service in Vietnam as an Air Force Intelligence Officer, fire service leadership, and transitioning from the military to civilian fire service. Chief Rielage has been a chief officer in several departments with over […]