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Jumpseat Radio 023: The Lost art of the Fire Service

Jumpseat Radio 023: The lost art of the Fire Service

In this episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington welcomes Jimm Walsh from VententerSeartch.com onto the show.  Listen in as the two talk about:

  • aggressive Search Techniques
  • Pro-Active Laddering of the buildings, even if NOT on Fire.
  • Tips for each Jumpseat Firefighter to improve their Truck Co. functions


You can Check out Jimm’s work at Vententersearch.com 


Jimm Walsh Bio

Jimm Walsh is a dynamic and motivational fire department educator. His presentations are informative, inspirational, and entertaining. Jimm utilizes an interactive style that creates a memorable experience and connects with audiences.

Jimm is a Division Chief with Winter Park Fire Department in Central Florida, and owner/editor of VentEnterSearch.com. Jimm has lectured around the nation on various subjects including Leadership, and Truck Company Functions. Jimm has also taught at many large conferences including the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC.) He has a Bachelors Degree in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida, has been credentialed as both a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) and Chief Training Officer (CTO) by the Center for Public Safety Excellence and is a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program. Jimm is a Rescue/Search Manager on an Urban Search and Rescue Team (FL-TF-4) and is a Planning Section Chief, and Co-Chair of the State of Florida Region Five Incident Management Team.

Happy 60th Mira Road (Nova Scotia) Fire Dept

The above video was recorded for the 60th Anniversary of the Mira Road Fire Dept.  I was asked by Firefighting in Canada’s Editor in Chief Laura King to record a congratulatory video and offer some tips from the jumpseat.  I was honored to record this video, along with some ICONS of the fire service, for her to show during her keynote address.

It is awesome to see a fire department flourishing after 60 years of service.  It take many,many devoted people to put in the countless hours to make this accomplishment happen.


Huge thank you to Laura King for the awesome opportunity to share with the Maritime, my second home.  Heres to the next 60 years of service to their community.


PS  thank you to Chief Dennis Rubin for shooting the video for me!!!

Jumpseat Radio 022: Informal Leadership with Chief Rubin

Jumpseat Radio 022: Informal leadership with Chief Rubin


In this episode host Ryan Pennington welcomes back Chief Dennis Rubin.  Ryan and Chief Rubin are recording live from the West Virginia State fireman Association Conference in Vienna WV.

Listen in as they discuss how an informal leader can keep things task focused and how you can keep your training on track.


Jumpseat Radio 021: Ways to stay JumpseatReady

Jumpseat Radio 021: Jumpseat Ready Jumpseat
In this episode of jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington reviews the last few weeks of summer and shares some of the teaching points from his class “30 ways to stay Jumpseat Ready”


Listen in as Ryan shares points from this succesful class on how to keep your focus, stay prepared, asses your skills, and be infectious in the firehouse!

Jumpseat Radio 020: Interview with Dennis Rubin

Welcome back to Jumpseat Radio Podcast.  In this weeks podcast host Ryan Pennington sits down with Dennis Rubin. Chief Rubin has served as Fire Chief with multiple large metropolitan cities.  Dennis is a dynamic educator that travels around the world sharing his “Rubes Rules’

Chief Dennis Rubin

In this episode Ryan and Dennis talk about his days on Washington DC Engine 10 and how all jumpseat firefighters can follow the rubes rules for jumpseat success.

Jumpseat Radio 019: Interview with Billy Goldfeder

Jumpseat Radio 019: Interview with Billy Goldfeder

Billy Goldfeder

In this weeks episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington sits down to talk with Chief Billy Goldfeder from the Secret List and FirefighterCloseCalls.com.

Topics Covered include:


  •  The History of the Secret List
  • Firefighters and Cancer
  • Base Level Firefighter Training



Listen in to Ryan and Billy talk about these topics and others!

Jumpseat Radio 019: 2014 Fire and Ems Safety Week with Rich Gasaway

Jumpseat Radio 019: 2014 International Fire and Ems Safety Week

Ryan and Rich following an intense technology lesson at Caribou Coffee

Ryan and Rich following an intense technology lesson at Caribou Coffee


In this week’s Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington spends time with his mentor Dr. Rich Gasaway celebrating the 2014 Safety Week.  Ryan and Rich talk about keeping your training on task for training like your fight.


Listen in to Ryan and Rich talk about keeping firefighters Jumpseat Ready for the Fight!


To learn more about Rich Gasaway:



Email Rich@RichGasway.com

Jumpseat Radio 018: Combat Ready firefighting with Tony Kelleher

Jumpseat Radio 018: Combat ready with Tony Kelleher

Working fire Chief Tony Kelleher

Working fire Chief Tony Kelleher


In this episode of Jumpseat Radio host Ryan Pennington brings Fire Chief Tony Kelleher on the show to talk about the “Combat Ready” mentality.  Being prepared, committed, and in the right mindset to handle the biggest emergency of your life each time the alarm bell rings is something we all should be striving for each minute that you are in and around the fire station.


Tony and Ryan give the listeners some insight into how the Kentland 33 fire station sets the expectations and how the members uphold those high expectations.


Some topics covered include:


  • Combat Ready Firefighters
  • First arriving Assignments
  • Long stretches with 1.5/1.75 inch attack lines



Tony’s Bio:


Tony “T2″ Kelleher has been a fireman for 14 years. He is currently the Chief of the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department in Prince George’s County, Md and a technician (driver) with the DCFD assigned to Engine Co. 4. Previously he served as a Career Firefighter, Technician and Lieutenant in Virginia with Loudoun County Fire-Rescue. With this diverse array of field experiences, he brings knowledge to students from all aspects of operations; ranging from volunteer to career and urban to rural.


From youth, his ambition was to become a fireman. In his desire to learn, he has spent most of his life gathering knowledge and experience from many great firemen. Some of his biggest lessons learned are: the street smart approach, outside the box thinking, and upholding the pride and valuable traditions within our unique culture.





Jumpseat Radio 017: Am I a Truckie yet?


Jumpseat Radio: 017  Am I a Truckie Yet?

New Firefighter Climbing

New Firefighter Climbing


This week’s Jumpseat Radio Podcast host, Ryan Pennington, reviews some “quick tips” for keeping up with your truck company skills. Having good truck company skills are needed no matter what type of unit you arrive on.


Ryan reviews tips for:

Vertical Ventilation

Forcible Entry

Bonus: In this weeks jumpseat radio questions and answers with some of #jumpseatNation.