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Turn back the dial with the Firehouse Radio Players! Our cast of voice actors and sound effects artists present an evening of original comedies in the style of shows from the Golden Age of Radio. There's outer space excitement in "The Thrilling Adventures of Captain Fremulon," soft-boiled crime drama with "Cliff Hanger, Private Eye," and more! Recorded live at Firehouse Theatre in Richmond, Virginia.
 
The Firehouse Talk podcast is dedicated to preserving fire service history in general and firefighter stories in particular. Firehouse Talk is primarily focused on the human interest part of the fire service as opposed to strategy, tactics, apparatus and equipment. More information is on the website FirehouseTalk.com. The show is produced by Chuck Hampton, a former Battalion Chief who served over 37 years with the Dallas Fire Department.
 
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Bobby Luckett got his fire service career started as a young boy watching the firehouse when the crews were out on calls. Near the end of his career he put the handcuffs on one of the most notorious arsonist the DC area has known. I got to catch up with Bob - a Fellow VA Fire Marshal and a fire marshal academy classmate to discuss his career and hi…
 
Welcome back to the second of two parts where Chief Burch finishes up his stories in Hanover and how being the Fire Chief is different than any other job he has held. Make sure you listen to part 1, episode 27 first. This episode picks up where we left off, and if you've missed that, you will miss the entire story. Comments or suggestions? Contact …
 
This legend's career and family history is so long it's going to take two episodes to get it all in! His Grandfather started the Family Tradition in the Richmond (VA) Fire Bureau when horses pulled the engines, his father started the Richmond Flying Squad, and he was instrumental in the evolution of two Virginia fire departments into the 21st Centu…
 
We keep hearing about the ways that child care programs and preschools are struggling right now. Listen as Dorothy, owner and executive director of Old Firehouse Schools, talks with educators Judy Haus, Lizz Nolasco, Danielle Roach, and Alexandra Dutton about the state of the Old Firehouse Schools. How are teachers really doing? How are children ha…
 
Rehab is an important safety function on the fire ground. At the same time, it can provide a conduit for members of the community - including retired fire service members - to remain involved and give back to the service. Meet Chief Steve Korb and Lt. Steve Meyenberg of the Richmond Metro Flying Squad. Learn about their personal histories, some his…
 
This is it! Proof that JP Jones WAS involved in some of the pranks and practical jokes that happened in CFD. JP and I were Recruit School classmates, I worked for him as a firefighter, he worked for me in the Fire Marshals Office, and he was one of the most responsible and dedicated officers I know (no practical jokes on PPE - among other things). …
 
This episode is with someone who wanted to be Marine Biologist, but ended up as a fiction writer after working as a councilor in a correctional institution, then went on to a career as a Firefighter, Paramedic, and Senior Capitan in Chesterfield Fire and EMS. Mike and I got to travel around Mount Rainier in Washington and paddle canoes in the rugge…
 
There are a lot of legendary stories in the fire station that have outlasted the careers of the members involved. In this episode you get the real story of getting left by the fire chief on the side of the road (or not), E-102 airborne across Hull Street Road (or not), Playboy Magazines on the tailboard (or not), and how pre-planning used to be don…
 
On August 21, 1981, an early morning fire breaks out in a large Dallas home. This is the story of the men who fought the fire and the tragic consequences of that incident. This episode takes us through the day before and the day of the fire. A future episode will delve into the aftermath of the fire, lessons learned, and changes that have been made…
 
Bubby Bish was destined to be a member of the Southside VA Emergency Crew, his mother told him so when he was 4 years old! With more than 50 years of service at SVEC, Bubby has been a member of the Governor's State EMS Advisory Board, responded to the Pentagon on 9/11, and is an inductee into Virginia's Rescue Hall of Fame. A quiet and humble leade…
 
When I think about some of the best people in this job, Brett is one of those on the top of my list. He has worked as a volunteer and career firefighter/officer in four different fire service organizations, and each of them would be eager to have him back on their roster today (and he's back on one of those for a third tour). Brett has more fire se…
 
A lot of fire and EMS professionals got their start as volunteers, some at a very young age. My three guests on this episode started at age 15 as Junior members of the Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad in Henrico, VA and went on to great public safety careers in Fire/EMS and Law Enforcement, but not before they made some history as junior members. Th…
 
The third and final (for now) "Young Guns" episode features Liz Fuentes, firefighter/paramedic with Chesterfield Fire and EMS. How does an event that happens thousands of miles away motivate a dedicated school teacher to dive into the Fire and EMS Field? You will find that answer here, and how she literally packed everything she owned in a small ca…
 
Continuing with the "Young Guns" of today's fire service, meet Kyle Walden - a guy who never gives up and overcomes whatever challenge comes his way. Comments or suggestions? Contact us at: Email - FirehouseLogbook@gmail.com Twitter - @FDLogbook Instagram - @FDLogbookPodcast Facebook - www.facebook.com/FDLogbookPodcast Website - www.firehouselogboo…
 
What motivates the next generation of Firefighter/Paramedics? In the next few episodes, we will hear from some of the "Young Guns" from Chesterfield and learn how they got interested in the greatest job in the world. In Episode 17, meet Laura Siegle, firefighter, paramedic student, photographer, and competitive power lifter. Hear how she made the t…
 
In this episode, I got to talk with Chief Ronald Mason, Chief of Tampa Fire/Rescue from 1976-1979 and his brother District Chief Steve Mason. The Mason family has been part of Tampa Fire/Rescue since the 1930's and they share some of the history of EMS not only in that department, but how Tampa was on the leading edge of EMS care nationwide. Thanks…
 
Prior to 1966, there were 13 different and independent volunteer fire companies in Chesterfield, and with the hiring of Robert L. Eanes as Fire Marshal in 1966, and the adoption of the fire fire prevention code in the county, the Chesterfield Fire Department was born. Chief Eanes shares some of those early stories and history with me in this episod…
 
Chris Eudailey's fire service career started as a young man in Chesterfield, VA, but let him to the City of Petersburg, James City, County, and ultimately to the Fire Chief for Spotsylvania County. While still supporting the fire service as the Executive Director for the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association, his story of being the dispatcher for a call…
 
A common story is that fire regulations are built upon the tragedy of a significant loss. The origins of the VA State Fire Marshals Office fits that mold. In this episode, I get to talk with two legends of the SFMO and hear how the office was established by the first State Fire Marshal C. Sutton Mullins, and how that office has changed over the pas…
 
With more than 44 years as a career firefighter, and more than 6 years of prior volunteer experience, this guy has some lessons and stories to share. Assistant Chief Eugene "Cricket" Gerald literally started running fire calls before he even started going to school. In this episode, Henry Rosenbaum and I get to talk with Cricket and hear some of th…
 
Pat Murphy worked for the Dallas Fire Department for 40 years before retiring as a Captain. A gregarious character, he is well known and loved by all. My co-host Mike Otto, museum docent Mike Hoskins and I sat down with Pat to discuss his career over a cup of coffee at the Dallas Firefighters Museum. Pat mentions many firefighters in this episode, …
 
Man's Best Friend can also be a fire investigator's most valuable tool. In this episode I talk with two of the first Accelerant K9 handlers in Central Virginia - Captain Mike Martin and Lieutenant Bob Rollston - about their experiences as dog handlers and fire investigators. These unique teams aren't just a person and a dog. They are truly a matche…
 
Every fire marshal in Virginia has to attend at least some parts of the Department of Fire Programs - VA Fire Marshals Academy. The groundwork for the programs and classes that are graduating today was built by Russ Chandler - long time fire service professional and first Director of the VFMA. In this episode, Weet and I get to hear some of the sto…
 
In this episode, I got to capture some (some shouldn't be recorded) of the stories that get shared at a monthly retirees poker game. Kevin Spaulding and Don Bowman are two retired Battalion Chiefs from Chesterfield Fire and EMS who were great leaders, teachers, and mentors over their long careers. Make sure you check out the Facebook page for photo…
 
Henrico Fire published a tribute video last week about the first four women to retire from the department in recognition of Women's History Month. Henry and I were lucky enough to meet with three of the four to hear about their fire service experiences, including challenges, significant fires, and mentorship. Listen in to how Captain Debbie Weymout…
 
John Harkness is a Retired BC from Richmond who went on to become the Fire Chief in Orange County where he got his start as a Volunteer Firefighter. Chief Harkness was also a leader in dive and water rescue in central VA and was involved in several water rescues on August 23, 2004 when Tropical Depression Gaston dumped more than 12 1/2" of rain in …
 
Loudoun County, Virginia's Combined Fire and Rescue System had its start in the volunteer fire companies of the community, and one person who started as a volunteer in that county rose to the rank of Fire Chief. In this episode, we take a look back at that history and some significant incidents that shaped how the system developed and a Fire Marsha…
 
The Rescue Challenge started in 1995 to test the skills of technical rescue teams from around Virginia. That evolved into a 25 year history of training and regional cooperation that involved other states, the military, and private industrial teams. Meet Steve Wood, retired Henrico Battalion Chief who's idea led to Rescue Challenge, and Ed Dunnavant…
 
In Episode 4, I get to sit down with two former shift-mates - BC Mark Berry and Capt Jerry Pruden - and discuss some of our time on "The Pike", and the incident that earned them the department's first Medal of Valor. At the end, we get a little heavy paying tribute to our family members - both in uniform and related to the uniform - who have left u…
 
In Episode 3, we get to hear first hand accounts of what it's like to be the first in fire officers to what was described as "the second biggest [fire] in the city's history behind only the burning of Richmond at the end of the Civil War." Be sure to follow the social pages, subscribe, and pass the word along. RFD Foundation donations to: Richmond …
 
In this episode, we talk with R. C. Dawson, retired Deputy Fire Chief from the Henrico Division of Fire. Chief Dawson (then Captain) started what would become the Henrico Hazardous Incident Team (HIT), and shares the history of how the team was developed and how the Virginia's Regional Haz Mat Team concept was born. He also talks about one of the m…
 
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