360 Size Up with Fireman Dan

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Dr. Marion Blackwell, Fire Chief for the City of Spartanburg, South Carolina, began his fire service career as a volunteer in 1978, working as a paramedic and police officer. Thirty-five years of experience in the industry later, went on to earn his doctoral degree in 2017. Chief Blackwell discusses his belief in the power of higher education and how adaptive leadership skills are crucial when faced with mitigating risks during these unprecedented times.
Chief Tonya Hoover is the Deputy Fire Administrator at the U.S. Fire Administration. As the senior career federal fire official, she is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the USFA which includes the annual training of over 100,000 first responders. Chief Hoover joins Fireman Dan for a candid conversation about her career, and specifically how the National Fire Academy and firefighting training has had to pivot during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pastor, author, and new grandfather Dan Reiland has 39 years of experience serving as a leader in a local church in San Diego and currently as the executive pastor at 12Stone Church in Atlanta, Georgia. Reiland discusses his new book, Confident Leadership, where he reveals how to be a confident leader without being overconfident through strengthening the relationships between leaders and their employees.
Jesse Wilson, owner of Allrisk Engineering, specializes in consulting services for risk engineering and insurers. Wilson joins Fireman Dan to share his experiences working in the fire risk management field and offers an interesting comparison between American and international viewpoints on the models of the fire brigade. Wilson also highlights what he sees as the new trend in risk management.
Chief Rick Conerly of Chevron Pascagoula Refinery joins Fireman Dan to share his experiences in the industrial firefighting field. Conerly discusses his style and principles of leadership in recruiting and training future firefighters for the oil and energy industry, the shift from municipal fire service to the industrial side, and why communication is the key to their success.
Derek Roy, global application engineering leader for 3M’s personal safety division joins Fireman Dan to discuss his recent article in Occupational Health and Safety Magazine on selecting self-contained breathing apparatus. He also shares his ideas on the process of choosing and purchasing facilities for industrial firefighting and his knowledge about the use of SCBA in responding to fires.
Pigeon Forge Fire Department Chief Tony Watson joins Fireman Dan for a candid conversation about his life as a firefighter and his philosophy of being a great leader. In this heart-to-heart talk, Chief Watson opens up about how he started his career as a volunteer fireman and his road to becoming the new president of Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association for the 2019-2020 term.
Chief Gary Ludwig, whose career in firefighting began when he was just 18 years old, joins Fireman Dan to discuss his experiences in the fire service industry over the last forty years. Ludwig also shares the principles and stories of leadership he covers in his new book “Fully Involved Leadership,” from managing your emotions to the key components he believes are essential for leaders to have: competence and character.
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Podcast Details

Created by
Chuck Bryant
Podcast Status
Sep 28th, 2020
Latest Episode
Nov 23rd, 2020
Release Period
Avg. Episode Length
31 minutes

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