Multiple Calls Podcast

Multiple Calls Podcast

Find out what Firefighters are made of! This podcast pulls back the curtain and shows you what goes into the making of a Firefighter. We talk about the how and why of each guest's journey to the job, what challenges they have faced overall and how they made it through them, the struggles they see for our service and their ideas on how each of us can help progress in the job, as well as what keeps them inspired and motivated. You will be getting to know your family better. 'Multiple Calls' is a phrase that catches a Firefighter's attention because it signifies that there is a strong possibility that what we are responding to is legitimate and will require us to be at our best. It is also what experience is made of. We're going to be at our best to capture your attention with legitimate stories and enrich our experience of this unique and amazing job. I'm a 25-year second-generation Firefighter working for a Department in Southern Ontario, Canada, with around 400 suppression personnel, 13 stations and 26 apparatus. I spent the first half of my career at a Technical Rescue station, six years working as a primary care medic, 3 years instructing as a Fire Training Officer, and had the honour and pleasure of co-leading our Peer Support Team for over a decade. When I first joined, we were a lot smaller and the Senior Firefighter on the truck with me for my first shift had been on longer than I had been alive. Outside of what he and many others taught me about the job, he recommended that I start a journal of all the calls and happenings around the hall so that one day I'd have the makings of a book. He was right, but unfortunately, of all the things I heeded and applied, that wasn't one of them. The point being, there are stories to tell and we all carry them; about us as individuals, as crews, as platoons, and as a Department. The wisdom and instruction about how to do the job are crucial, but the experiences and stories also help to shape our character and our Fire Family as a whole. Stories are important. Through story-telling, we find comfort in what connects us and expand our minds through our differences. I've come late to the party when it comes to podcasts. A move in the summer of 2017 that involves an hour plus commute, opened up the opportunity to fill that time with some quality content. I've been inspired by a number of podcasts and listed the fire-related ones on the Multiple Calls Website in the Resources section along with books, Facebook pages, websites, literature, and videos. You can also find a running list of those in the Fire Service at large that deserve our respect and acknowledgment for their efforts to keep us grounded and progressing, in the Credits section. Please message me if you want me to add someone. We get to know each other very well in this line of work. From all that we experience together, we create strong bonds, and we use deeply meaningful words like Family and Brotherhood to describe them. As shift schedules, generations, where we choose to live, our societal norms, and the size of our departments change, our view of the importance and tradition of the Fire Service Family and Brotherhood can be challenged, strained and at risk of being lost. This would be incredibly sad, tragic, and detrimental. We need to continue to invest in each other and learn and participate in each other's stories. Much Love, Scott


September 22, 2023 90 mins
Tyler was born and raised in the Bruce Peninsula and now lives in beautiful central-northern Ontario. Exposed to emergency services at a young age by his grandfather who was a dedicated Ontario Provincial Police officer he developed a love and devotion for helping his community. Through his years of service as a Paramedic in rural Ontario, and a decade as a volunteer firefighter, he has maintained that selfless, caring, people firs...
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Chris is a 9 year veteran of the FDNY. A pitcher on the FDNY Baseball team, an athlete of the FDNY CrossFit team and part owner of IGY6 Fitness. His goal is simple, to motivate, build, push, and be a means to a fitter more well rounded first responder. @chris_igy6fitness @nyc_igy6fitness @next_rung Co-Owner IGY6 Fitness FDNY ISSA Strength and Conditioning CrossFit Level-1 & 2 CrossFit Aerobic Capacity CrossFit Anatomy CrossFi...
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July 27, 2023 69 mins
Scott Heywood is a Battalion Chief and has been with the Buffalo Fire Department for 26 years. He has been married for 29 years and he and his wife have 3 grown children and 2 dogs. One of his sons has carried on the fire service tradition as a Firefighter with Memphis. @scottbfd33 Sponsorship: @southwest_fire_academy Editing: @bradshea Marketing: @premiummixmarketingco Administration: @haileyfirefit
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July 7, 2023 162 mins
Jenny worked as an Advanced Care Tactical Paramedic for the Region of Peel. After 22 years on the job, she was diagnosed with PTSD as a result of her exposure to cumulative trauma. She has remained a strong advocate for first responder mental health and continues to openly share her personal story of post-traumatic growth and recovery. She has participated as a public speaker at various fund-raising events in an effort to continue ...
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June 2, 2023 72 mins
Jeff's a retired JTF2 sniper (tier 1 special forces) and now focuses on sharing the science and possibilities of a forgotten theory called post-traumatic growth. He and his wife Jessica Lee Depatie are producing a documentary on PTG titled ‘Dark Night of Our Soul’. This film examines post-traumatic growth beyond the clinical setting, to ask the question: how can we make it an option for everyone? Dark Night of Our Soul explore...
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June 1, 2023 89 mins
Kevin is a fire service captain and Instructor with almost 20 years on the job. In 2021, he was diagnosed with a stress injury that had been clearly accumulating for many years. He chose to explore alternative methodologies in treating his injury and has had great success. Hopefully, his story can shed light on what is becoming an increasingly recognized hazard of our profession (stress-related injuries) and some of the options ...
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May 16, 2023 60 mins
David is a Fire Captain at Santee Fire Department with 24 years of service. His passion in the fire service is training and cancer awareness. Being a survivor of work-related cancer has inspired him to make others aware of the dangers of cancer in the fire service and how to protect against it. Spending time with family is most important to David; he has been happily married for 29 years and raised two adult children. His son is no...
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April 28, 2023 113 mins
Steve Is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys pushing his limits and has always been drawn to the mountains and water. He is a 14-year Firefighter and student of the fire service, exploring efficiencies and tactics with a focus on aggressive professional performance, safety, and situational awareness. He instructs in fire-ground and marine operations within his department and part-time at a fire school. His goal in teaching is to grow ...
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March 28, 2023 77 mins
We could have an endless debate over the definition of suffering and what constitutes hard. And there are a lot of vague and dismissive things that are said on the topics, such as ‘There’s always someone that has it worse than you.”, ‘Look for the silver lining’, ‘Everything happens for a reason’, or ‘Whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger’ but no amount of perspective on severity, or validity changes your personal reality a...
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March 15, 2023 85 mins
Manny is a nozzleman with San Antonio Fire. Born, raised, and still lives and works in the city's inner west side close to his home. Engine and Nozzle work is his passion and is a true believer that the basics are where the fight is won. A Marine Corps combat veteran and first-generation college graduate. He is a proud husband and father of 3 and a field training officer with his dept. @manny_b210 @andyfredericksghost Manuelbaraja...
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February 14, 2023 107 mins
Brent is a tenured Firefighter with thirty years of emergency service experience. He has served twelve years with the Office of the Fire Marshal as an Emergency Response Specialist., coordinating the provincial deployment of emergency response for hazardous materials and urban search and rescue emergencies. He has investigated illegal grow-ops, clandestine drug labs, and countless fire scenes and operated in a safety officer role a...
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February 1, 2023 50 mins
Dr. Jody Burnett is a Registered Doctoral Psychologist with the Saskatchewan College of Psychologists, providing service to the general public, specializing in service provision to first responders/public safety personnel and their families for the past 20 years.  She is a Clinical Research Associate and Therapist at PSPNET with the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT) and supports outreach and engag...
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January 26, 2023 115 mins
Episode 59 with Kevin Burke is now available! Poet, punk rocker, and firefighter, Kevin Burke is a difficult individual to sum up.  The last 8 years of his life, he's been a member of the fire service, and the last five years of that he has been proud to be part of SAFD's Res51cue.  Prior to his time as a public servant, Kevin has been a long standing and seasoned artist.  He has toured as a musician and as a poet, shared stages ...
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January 8, 2023 97 mins
Phil Resendes is a 15-year member of the Fire Service. Phil is a newly promoted Acting Captain with the Chatham-Kent Fire Department. He has Instructed at Lambton College Fire School in the Pre-Service and Fire Science programs. He is the Vice-President and one of the co-founders of True North FOOLS. Phil is a student of the Fire Service and is passionate about sharing his love for the trade by passing on what has worked and what h...
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December 12, 2022 89 mins
Adam Parkhurst is a Driver/Engineer with the Euless, TX Fire Department. He started his career in 2006 and worked for 10 years as a Field Training Paramedic. He is a Swift water rescue technician, a medical specialist with a federal USAR team, and a Paramedic Instructor at Tarrant County College. He holds a Master Degree in Sociology and has published articles or culture building, improving training within the fire service, as well...
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November 15, 2022 122 mins
With more than three decades of experience as a Health Studies Professor teaching physiology, pathophysiology & pharmacology, Wendy understands the biology of stress and resiliency. She extensively investigated the experience of trauma in first responders and has built a case for how and why compassionate-based mindfulness theory and practices can build proactive resiliency in vulnerable sectors for her MSc in Mindfulness Studies. ...
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November 10, 2022 69 mins
Daniel is a Marine Corps Veteran. He has been serving as a Firefighter with San Antonio for 5 years and is currently riding Truck 17. He is an SAFD mentor for probationary Firefighters and an MV Fire Rescue TX Lead Instructor. He has been published in Firehouse magazine and featured on The Rogue Tailboard Podcast. @dcdrury @mvfirerescuetx Sponsorship: @southwest_fire_academy Editing Credit: @bradshea Marketing: @premiummixmarket...
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November 4, 2022 92 mins
Hailey is a rookie in a full-time department in Southern Ontario, Canada. , with experience as a rural volunteer. She is passionate about firefighter fitness, mental health and resiliency, and lifelong learning. Hailey originally went to University to pursue a different career but was introduced to firefighting as a possibility through a family friend. She views her failures as opportunities and is continually assessing her life pl...
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October 6, 2022 86 mins
Daniel is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at Santa Ana College and a Ph.D. student who focuses on Human and Sports Performance.  He works with over 30 fire departments conducting physical and physiological assessments and educating on topics related to firefighter's health and wellness  His research focuses on how wearable technology may help inform and guide a firefighter's PT and recovery both on and off duty. To find out ...
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September 14, 2022 86 mins
Wayne Hannah is a 42-year-old veteran and firefighter from Central Ontario.  Wayne was diagnosed with PTSD and ADHD after spending the majority of his adult life self-sabotaging and making excuses for a negative mindset.  After exploring the idea and thoughts of suicide, he decided to put on his big-boy pants and change his internal narrative.   In the spring of 2021, Wayne began sharing his “morning message” regularly on social me...
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