AFSO21's Weekend Wrap-up Podcast

AFSO21's Weekend Wrap-up Podcast

Top-ranked fire protection and safety podcast, hosted by international speaker and fire service leader, Kevin Ferrara, offers uncensored insight on issues impacting fire service organizations around the world such as PFAS exposure and management, cancer, leadership, and many more.


April 18, 2020 17 min

AFSO21 Radio host Kevin Ferrara talks about a hidden hazard in our communities, PFAS which is found in firefighting foam.  Kevin talks about where PFAS is found and how it has significantly impacted military installations, nearby communities, and hundreds of thousands of individuals.  Kevin then briefly discusses various health concerns associated with PFAS and how for two military families, PFAS changed their lives forever.


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This weekend, Host Kevin Ferrara discusses PFAS contamination at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa as well as PFAS contamination at former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Michigan.  Other topics include volunteer fire departments and how the issues affecting funding, recruitment, and retention are affecting their survivability.  We wrap up this episode asking if volunteer fire departments should be transparent if receiving taxp...

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May 3, 2020 22 min

In this episode, AFOS21 Radio Host Kevin Ferrara updates listeners about the ongoing situation at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa and the 60,000 gallons of firefighting agent that was released, contaminating not only the base but the local community. 

Kevin then reaches out to listeners, encouraging them to contact their Congressional leaders and ask they move H.R 2195 and S. 1105 otherwise know as the PFAS Registry Act o...

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This episode, host Kevin Ferrara briefly talks about how strategy can impact yourself or your organization.

Kevin talks about the SWOT analysis and certain pitfalls to be aware of that can result in a negative impact.  Kevin highlights the need for effective communication and teamwork.

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This episode, AFSO21 Radio host, Kevin Ferrara talks about the massive Los Angeles fire that injured 12 firefighters, many critically.  Kevin speaks about the ongoing Marine Corps Air Station Futenma firefighting foam incident. 

As the episode winds down, host Kevin Ferrara brings to listeners attention an upcoming PFAS panel that will be live streamed on Facebook.  The panel will feature former civilian and military firefighters w...

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May 31, 2020 20 min

In this episode, AFSO21 Radio Host, Kevin Ferrara discusses the ongoing issues involving PFAS that is plaguing the nation.  Kevin discusses some work that Congress is doing and his involvement in obtaining a standard blood test level and PFAS Registry.  Kevin discusses how the recent riots across the nation are impacting emergency responders.  Wrapping up this week's episode, Kevin discusses the AFSO21 Radio PFAS Discussion Pan...

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In this episode, host Kevin Ferrara recaps listeners with what panelists during the PFAS Discussion Panel spoke about as the continue their work with each other, environmental groups and of course Congress.

Host Kevin Ferrara explained Congress is currently looking at four topic areas consisting of:

  • Increasing funding for clean-up operations
  • Moratorium on AFFF incineration
  • Phase out of non-essential uses of PFAS
  • PFAS Blood Testing &...
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    In this episode, host Kevin Ferrara speaks about PFAS news affecting Michigan, Maryland, and Okinawa.  

    Kevin talks about how, in Michigan, the U.S. Air Force has agreed to work with state agencies to begin clean-up actions at the former Wurtsmith AFB in Oscoda.

    Additionally, Kevin talks about how PFAS testing is going to start in the Baltimore, Maryland region to include testing of Chesapeake oysters suspected of being contaminated ...

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    June 22, 2020 28 min

    In this episode, host Kevin Ferrara is seeking military firefighters who have stories to share with the No Defense documentary filmmakers who are working on a new project highlighting the impact AFFF and PFAs have on individuals.  This is an opportunity to share with the world, the significance AFFF has had on end-users who for the longest time, simply wanted answers as to why they or their family members are/were sick.

    If you are i...

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    June 28, 2020 29 min

    In this episode, host Kevin Ferrara talks about the recent study conducted by Doctor Graham Peaslee and his colleagues who found firefighter turnout gear contains PFAS and that when subjected to abrasion, sheds particulates containing PFAS that can be absorbed through the skin or inhaled.  The research also found that PFAS was found on the gloves of those testing the samples.

    As the episode closes, host, Kevin Ferrara talks about ho...

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    In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara talks with military veteran and former firefighter Dan Casson.  Dan submitted several claims for VA disability and was finally successful in receiving a 100% rating due to his cancer that his doctors and the VA attributed to his exposure to AFFF and firefighting while in the military.

    Listeners will hear from Dan how exposure to AFFF and his battle with numerous f...

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    In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara talks with military veteran and former firefighter Vince Davis.  Vince is a leader and mentor in the fire service that many look to for guidance and encouragement.  Vince is an outspoken individual that says what he thinks and means what he says.  Not afraid to speak about the ongoing AFFF issues plaguing the fire service and the military, Vince has voiced his co...

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    In this episode, host Kevin Ferrara talks to listeners about firefighters at Edwards Air Force Base in California training with high expansion foam (HEF) during an exercise involving an aircraft hangar.  The HEF foam contains hazardous chemicals similar to AFFF yet, firefighters were unnecessarily exposed to toxic foam who likely believed the material was safe thereby why they were lacking proper PPE.

    Kevin provides his opinion abou...

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    In this episode of AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up, host Kevin Ferrara talks about why mentoring in the firehouse is important and what affect or impact it has on each individual and the organization overall.

    Kevin then provides updates to the Edwards Air Force Base High Expansion Foam incident and explains why it is important now more than ever to contact your local, state, and federal representatives demanding regulations are im...

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    In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up, host Kevin Ferrara speaks one-on-one with Sean Mitchel, Secretary/Treasurer of Nantucket Firefighters Local 2509.

    Sean begins the interview discussing how he became a firefighter and what led him to where he is today in the fire service highlighting who his mentors were and continue to be.

    Throughout the interview, Sean explains how he personally became involved in researching PFAS ...

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    In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara speaks one-on-one with Larissa Conroy, Orlando FD firefighter paramedic, and Olympic weightlifter

    Larissa begins the interview discussing how she became a firefighter and why she is so passionate about career development and secondary education.

    Throughout the interview, Larissa speaks about mentors and how first impressions can have an impact on new firefighters, ...

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    September 19, 2020 47 min

    In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara provides his own opinion about PFAS, firefighter turnout gear, and the NFPA, in particular, the certification process for firefighter turnout gear and what he and many others believe needs to be changed.

    Before the episode begins, host Kevin Ferrara shares the exciting news that Fire Dept. Coffee is now a sponsor of The Weekend Wrap-up podcast.  Listeners who use ...

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    September 27, 2020 55 min

    In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara speaks with Jeff Knobbe, firefighter and PPE specialist who shares his personal thoughts on PFAS and how it is affecting firefighters across the country.

    Jeff starts the episode by sharing with listeners, how he became involved in the fire service.  Jeff then talks about his dealings with the NFPA, manufacturers, and other organizations involved regarding PFAS in ...

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    October 4, 2020 43 min

    In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara speaks with Neil Hogan, former Air Force firefighter and retired DoD Chief Fire Officer who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2018.

    Neil discusses how he was diagnosed with cancer, the impact it has on him and his family, and how the Veterans Affairs (VA) finally recognized his form of brain cancer, a first according to Neil and his doctors.

    Nel addresses...

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    In this episode, AFSO21 Radio, The Weekend Wrap-up host Kevin Ferrara speaks with Doctor Graham Peaslee, a renowned leader in the science community who along with his students and esteemed colleagues, conducted research that found PFAS in firefighter turnout gear.  Doctor Peaslee explains why his work is important and why those in the fire service community should be cautious and even concerned.

    Doctor Peaslee, an individual whose w...

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