Fully Involved with Unified Fire

Fully Involved with Unified Fire

Join us as we talk firefighting and the issues. Fully Involved with Unified Fire will be a product of UFA's Information Outreach Division aimed at discussing a diverse subject matter. Our goal is to inform ourselves, our peers and our communities about all aspects of Utah’s largest fire department.

Episodes

April 13, 2022 42 min

ON THIS EPISODE:  The Staffing Office once again joins Fully Involved to discuss the Kronos Hack last December further. 

Captains Chad Simons and Brandon Boshard dive deeper and go in-depth about all the lessons learned. 

Thank you for listening to Fully Involved with Unified Fire. You can send any comments, questions, or suggestions to Nile at neaston@unifiedfire.org. Until next time!

GUESTS:
Captain | Chad Simons
Captain | Brandon...

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Kronos hack how did our Finance Division react and how did they get through?

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ON THIS EPISODE:  The Staffing Office joins us to discuss the ins and outs of staffing the largest fire department in Utah.

Captains Chad Simons and Brandon Boshard, along with guest host Operations Chief Dusty Dern explain the challenges of filling 111 seats every day and the policies necessary to make that happen... including mandatory staffing.

We hear how a shift in the department's staffing paradigm may have created a heav...

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December 6, 2021 30 min

ON THIS EPISODE:  Health & Wellness Officer Captain Layne Hilton and Clinical Operations Director Darren Elkins of Blomquist Hale are back in the studio to discuss strengthening relationships at home.

We talk about things shared between happy couples, and adjustments that can be made to strengthen a relationship that's struggling.

How do you deal with the stress in your life? If you don't have an answer to that question.....

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September 16, 2021 29 min

ON THIS EPISODE:  Health & Wellness Officer Captain Layne Hilton, and Clinical Operations Director Darren Elkins of Blomquist Hale are back this week to discuss stress.

Stress is the number one killer of firefighters, and we talk about why. Depending on how we relate to the stress we're experiencing, the consequences in the body are different.

We talk about the importance of having a creative outlet to assist with stress ma...

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September 3, 2021 39 min

ON THIS EPISODE:  Chief Petersen sits down to discuss his station visits, and all that's learned through this lengthy, but invaluable process. He also gives us a glimpse into what he sees coming for next year's visits.

GUESTS:

  • Fire Chief - Dan Petersen
  • Public Information Officer - Aaron Lance
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  • Facebook - @unifiedfireauthority
  • Instagram - @unifiedfire
  • Twitter - @fireauthority
  • YouTube - Unified Fire
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    ON THIS EPISODE:  We review the June 16, 2021 three-alarm fire that happened at an apartment complex under construction in Millcreek. Nearly 60 firefighters and 20 apparatus from six surrounding agencies were utilized due to the size and complexity of the fire.

    News segment courtesy of Fox 13 Salt Lake City. You can view their full article, Massive construction site fire seen across Salt Lake Valley, here.

    GUESTS:

  • (South Salt Lake Fir...
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    ON THIS EPISODE:  South Jordan Fire Department joins us to review the June 15, 2021 incident when a man died after a trench collapsed at a construction site in South Jordan.

    GUESTS:

  • (South Jordan Fire Dept.) Deputy Chief - Ryan Lessner
  • (South Jordan Fire Dept.) Captain - Jared Velez
  • Operations Chief - Dusty Dern
  • Captain - Travis Hobbs
  • Engineer - Jake Schaugaard 
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  • Facebook - @unifiedfireauthority
  • Instagram - @unifiedfire
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    ON THIS EPISODE:  We touch base with Emergency Management to discuss their hands-on experience working through the pandemic and what their division's goals look like moving forward.

    This last year has been different than any other for Emergency Management. A 5.7 earthquake, the windstorm, civil unrest and of course, the COVID-19 pandemic has kept everyone working hard as we dealt with many unknowns.

    The positive for them through ...

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    ON THIS EPISODE:  We discuss a benefit available to all UFA employees upon reaching eligibility requirements.

    UFA is proposing to the Board a 2% addition to all VEBA accounts for eligible employees, which will create 212 new accounts for employees now added to this benefit. This 2% will give everyone the start to a VEBA account until meeting the requirement to reach the sick leave cap to begin investing.

    UFA and the employees of UF...

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    On this episode:
    We catch up with our Fire Prevention Division. Division Chief/Fire Marshal Brad Larson along with Deputy Fire Marshals Dan DeVoogd and Stewart Gray explain the division's unique role in our organization. On a regular basis, Fire Prevention works alongside our community partners to assure that the planning and development of our jurisdiction's construction projects are safe and code compliant. This involves a...

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    On this episode:
    We are checking in with our Logistics Division. Chief Zach Robinson talks through some of the work that's been done since he came into his position about three years ago. Some of the big picture improvements are the implementation of new software for fleet, supply and asset management - these have provided great changes for the division. Many people don't realize how vast the scope of work is that Logistics ...

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    On this episode:
    We dive into the responsibilities of our Special Enforcement Division (SED) with Division Chief Steve Ball and two of our Investigators, Steve Bowen and Paul Larsen. Arson and Explosive related incidents are considered two of the most dangerous criminal activities that threaten our citizens. The team utilizes highly-trained and certified canines (K9s) that assist with accelerant and explosives detection. The SED hou...

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    On this episode:
    We sit down with Health & Wellness Officer Captain Layne Hilton and one of our Employee Assistance Program providers, Darren Elkins, to discuss the services available through our organization. The foundation of EAP is counseling to help with life's challenges. All employees and family members are eligible to receive EAP benefits. UFA recently switched to Blomquist Hale as our EAP provider because of their sp...

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    On this episode:
    We review the 3 alarm fire UFA responded to on Jan. 17, 2021 at the Union Center Medical Complex in Midvale impacting 10 local businesses. Battalion Chief McBride talks through some of the challenges faced while fighting this fire related to problems with water supply and accessibility. Operations Chief Dern touches on the interagency coordination and how well we integrated working with our neighboring agencies. Fir...

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    On this episode:
    We introduce our new Medical Director, Dr. BZ. The purpose of the Medical Director is to essentially watch over and make sure we are doing things correctly in the EMS world.  We function and operate under their medical license. Dr. BZ trained as an Emergency Medicine Physician and joined UFA in December 2020. He is a member of the teaching faculty at the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics and is a member of Ut...

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    February 24, 2021 23 min

    On this episode:
    The Salt Lake Valley is known for its mountainous landscape and canyon recreation. As emergency responders in these areas, we face unique challenges providing service and protection to these communities. In this episode, we discuss the ways we are optimizing our coverage as we continue to see trends of increased call volume as more people use the canyons. We talk about the difference in the type of calls these crews...

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    On this episode:
    Today is February 1 - day one of recruit camp for Class 54. With 36 individuals, this will be the largest camp in UFA history. Members of our training staff and cadre join us to give an overview of what the camp will be like, what our recruits can expect, and the adjustments they've made to maintain a cohesive unit while splitting some weeks into two groups. We also learn more about our guests' backgrounds, ...

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    January 13, 2021 44 min

    On this episode:
    In the first part of the show, we are joined over the phone by Specialist Bethany Bitter. She relays her difficult, recent experience with COVID-19 and what the lengthy recovery process has been like. Captain Greensides also talks about his experience and notes the similarities and differences between their cases. Later on, Dr. Graham BZ joins to discuss the vaccines available to our department and answer some of th...

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    September 16, 2020 36 min

    On this episode:
    We talk with some of our Fire Training staff and cadre members about the challenges faced for Recruit Class 53 in the midst of COVID-19. Five weeks into the new firefighters' camp, the pandemic hit and that brought uncertainty in how to proceed. We discuss what made this camp unique and how this time of hardship affected the recruits, but also led to strengthened relationships. 

    Guests:
    Captain Dustan Dinkel
    HazM...

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