FMBA Nation

FMBA Nation

Podcast by New Jersey State Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association

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September 1, 2022 45 min

Ever wonder what it takes to start a 501(c)3 Foundation? Look no further! In this episdoe, FMBA Nation host Bill Brower talks with Karen Taylor-Burke from PKF O'Connor Davies and NJ FMBA Treasurer Troy Powell on how to get started and the benefits of starting a foundation for your local. 

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In this episode, FMBA Nation host bill Brower talks with Attorney Joe Burke about dependency claims. Joe is a retired Captain from Montclair FMBA Local 20 who is now a practicing attorney at law who focuses on worker's compensations claims. Joe discusses how the Thomas Canzanella Act and dependency claims work and how a member's family can use the dependency claim to help with financial hardships. 

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In this episode, FMBA nation host Bill Brower talks with Cherie Castellano about the NJ Fire/EMS Lifeline which has been established to provide mental health support and services to NJ first responders and their families. If you or someone you know needs help please call the lifeline at 888-653-3367 or go to www.njfireems.com for more information on how to get assistance. 

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In Episode 51, FMBA Nation host, Bill Brower, talks with nuclear physicist, Dr. Graham Peaslee, from the University of Notre Dame, about the forever chemicals known as PFAS that has been contaminating firefighters for years. These chemicals have been linked to cancer and have been found in the turnout gear that is worn everyday by firefighters as well as the foam that is used for chemical and flammable liquid fires for years. This ...

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In the 50th episode of FMBA Nation, host Bill Brower chats with the keynote speaker from the 125th NJ FMBA Convention, Katie McKenna. Katie is the author of "How to get run over by a truck" and tells Bill about her journey and how she faced true adversity and determination to survive. 

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In this episode, FMBA Nation host, Bill Brower, talks with U.S. Congresswoman Mikie Sherril (NJ 11th District), about the SALT (State and Local Tax) Deduction Cap. They discuss how it affects NJ First Responders as well as middle class families in NJ.  

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In this episode, FMBA Nation host Bill Brower talks with the boys from Flow and Vent at the 125th Annual NJ FMBA Convention. Rob and Kyle tell Bill about their success on Instagram and their dedication to training and education within the fire service. Both Rob and Kyle are members of the NJ FMBA and plan to get involved with more training education with FMBA Nation. 

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In this episode, FMBA Nation Host, Bill Brower, talks with Captain Bob Falzarano from the Union Fire Department about his personal struggles with PTSD and other mental health challenges. Bob opens up and tells FMBA nation how he was close to taking his own life and how he took the steps he needed to get help. For anyone that is in need of help for mental health, substance abuse, or just needs someone to talk to, please reach out to...

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In this episode, FMBA Nation Host Bill Brower talks with Marc Junkerman about his mental health program "Planning to Thrive".

Planning to Thrive (P2T) introduces adaptable management concepts intended to assist you in implementing and maintaining a successful culture of first responder wellness.  The blueprint is yours.  These are just a few "extra tools for your box" to help you with the build.  

Marc "Junk"...

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In this episode, FMBA Nation host Bill Brower talks with Dr. Michael Bizzaro, Iris Perlstein, and Lindsay Pliner from Penn Medicine Princeton Behavioral Health to discuss the new virtual support group to launch in early May.

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FMBA Nation Host Bill Brower talks with FMBA Local 309 Member Michael Barrett about the heroic off-duty actions he took that saved multiple lives when he noticed a fire in a multi-family dwelling. On the night of February 11th, 2021, Mike was a a red light and noticed a fire had broken out in an apartment building in Elizabeth, NJ. He immediately took action by entering the structure and alerting multiple sleeping occupants that th...

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In this episode, FMBA Nation host, Bill Brower, talks with (ret.) DC Anthony Avillo about the attack line entry checklist. Chief Avillo reviews some of the critical fundamentals that firefighters and fire officers need to follow in order to ensure smooth fire attack operations. 

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In this episode, FMBA Nation host Bill Brower, talks with NJ FMBA Chief Counsel Craig S. Gumpel and Tom Cushane, from Cushane Law Firm, about the impact of recreational marijuana and collective bargaining for public safety labor unions. 

 

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In this episode, FMBA Nation Host Bill Brower talks with Alex Jabr from Emergency Resilience about a tough topic, notifying a family on scene that their loved one has died. We can all relate to this and it may just bring some comfort knowing that there are many of us out there that go through the same thing. For more info go to www.emergencyresilience.com

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The NJ FMBA has a special relationship with FHE Health, who provides self care and rehabilitation services for NJ FMBA members and their families. FMBA Nation host Bill Brower talks with Dr. Beau A. Nelson, Chief Clinical Officer of FHE, about self-care through tough times. FHE Health has the First Responder program called Shatterproof.

Shatterproof at FHE (formerly Florida House Shatterproof) employs evidence-based therapies, inno...

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In this episode, FMBA Nation host Bill Brower talks with Ret. D/C Anthony Avillo (North Hudson Regional Fire Rescue) about the buildings that change the rules of the game. They discuss the keys to identifying these buildings and why it is important for us as firefighters to study these types of construction and stay sharp in the street.

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FMBA Nation host Bill Brower talks with Jason Patton of @firedeptcoffee and @firedepartmentchronicles about how he got started in the fire service, how he got involved with Fire Department Coffee, their charitable foundation, and the brains behind the funny Instagram channel Fire Department Chronicles. Jason is a solid dude with a great personality and he enjoys long walks on the beach.

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FMBA Nation host Bill Brower talks with AJ Fusco from @forkandhoseco about a staple in all firehouses..... the Firehouse Kitchen. They chat about cooking in the firehouse and why the kitchen is more than just about food and how sometimes it serves as a place of comfort and camaraderie. 

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FMBA Nation host Bill Brower sits down with Vic Donato and Shaun Stanton from AFLAC to outline an exclusive critical illness benefit made available to the members of the NJ FMBA. For more information please visit: https://www.njfmba.org/aflacenrollment

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FMBA Nation Host Bill Brower talks with Civil Service Commission Liaison Kevin Beyrouty about the CARES ACT and specifically the coronavirus relief fund. 

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