The Professional Brotherhood™

The Professional Brotherhood™

Promoting professionalism in the volunteer fire service because, "A paycheck does not make you a professional, how you approach the job does!" Hosted by: Chief Brian Soller and brought to you by ProVFF Training Solutions, St.Florian Fitness and FLAME Natural Decon.

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May 11, 2022 18 min

Have you ever heard a volunteer firefighter refer to themself as "just a volunteer" or maybe you've even referred to yourself in such a way at some point in your career. 

On today's episode, Brian dives into the "just a volunteer" mindset.  Listen in with an open mind, because this one may sting a bit.


About our hosts:

Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years.  He currently serves a...

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On today's episode Brian and Kara take a trip to rural small town American with lieutenant Bill Smith and firefighter Evan Spaulding from the Erieville (NY) Fire Department.

Small town volunteer fire departments face even greater challenges to when it comes to the recruitment and retention of members and the ability to respond to all types of emergencies when called. 

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Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for...

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On Tuesday, March 8, 2022, the Liberty Fire Department (Sullivan County, NY) was dispatched to an activated alarm at Buckley Garden Apartments.  While en-route command was notified of a smoke condition with the possibility of victims entrapped on the upper floors.  The incident quickly changed from "just another AFA"! 

On today's episode Brian and Kara have an open conversation about the incident with lieutenants Steven...

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March 2, 2022 18 min

Let's take a moment to discuss two works that can defeat you before your even try....

"I can't!"


About our hosts:

Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years.  He currently serves as assistant chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department and for the past 17 years has been a New York state fire instructor assigned to Sullivan County, NY.  Soller also served as chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department f...

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On today's episode Brian and Kara discuss the recent "Join Sullivan Fire" event in Sullivan County, NY and the future of the podcast.

Tune in and check it out! 


About our hosts:

Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years.  He currently serves as assistant chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department and for the past 17 years has been a New York state fire instructor assigned to Sullivan County, NY.  Sol...

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January 26, 2022 15 min

Think the unthinkable can never happen to you, your agency or your mutual aid?

Think again, because "it can"!

**we apologize for the sound quality of this episode. 


About our hosts:

Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years.  He currently serves as assistant chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department and for the past 17 years has been a New York state fire instructor assigned to Sullivan County, NY.  Sol...

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On today's episode Brian and Kara are joined by members of the Sullivan County (NY) Recruitment and Retention Task Force.

In early spring of 2021, the Sullivan County Bureau of Fire created the recruitment and retention task force 

Their mission is twofold - inspire more of our friends and neighbors to join the fire service and to ensure the success of our current members. 

Learn how the task force is promoting the volunteer fire ...

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Is your organization failing? 

Who's to blame for that failure? 

On today's episode, Brian discusses organizational mindset, leadership, and the treatment of our membership! 

About our hosts:

Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years.  He currently serves as assistant chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department and for the past 17 years has been a New York state fire instructor assigned to Sullivan Count...

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December 1, 2021 63 min

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On todays episode Brian and Kara dive back into volunteer fire department elections.  Topics discussed are setting our officers up for success, commitment, job requirements, disagreeing with others and attempting to have a successful career while continuing to be everyones friend.

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Bria...

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Who's responsible for helping to ensure a firefighters success?  Is it on the leadership to follow up and make sure that he/she/they have all the tools necessary and follow up regularly, or is it on the firefighter to chase down the leadership to ensure they own success?

Join Brian, Kara and guests deputy chief Heath Pannell and Lt. Cecil Hunter as we discuss this, as well as mentorship, leadership and the retention of members.

A...

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September 22, 2021 20 min

On today's episode Brian discusses the career /  volunteer comparison game! 

Why can't we just focus on being the best firefighter that we can be? Why do we feel the need to compare ourselves to others? Why do some of us spend so much time on social media feeding into the negativity?

About our host:

Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years.  He currently serves as assistant chief of the Rock Hill ...

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August 25, 2021 15 min

On todays episode Brian discusses "priorities". 

Is the volunteer fire service a priority in our life?
Is our training a priority?
Is our desire to be a professional a priority? 

About our host:

Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years.  He currently serves as assistant chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department and for the past 17 years has been a New York state fire instructor assigned to Sullivan Cou...

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July 28, 2021 27 min

On todays episode Brian discusses two of his favorite topics, passion and professionalism and why they are both vital to your success in the volunteer fire service.

About our host:

Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years.  He currently serves as assistant chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department and for the past 17 years has been a New York state fire instructor assigned to Sullivan County, NY.  Soller als...

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It was an honor to spend some time with Jim Moss on his podcast "Firefighter Success".  Jim is the author of "Firefighter Success" and the co-author of "Firefighter Functional Fitness".  Jim is a friend of the "Professional Brotherhood" and has been our our show multiple times.

We hope you enjoy listening to episode 32 of "Firefighter Success" as much as we enjoyed recording it.

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On today's episode Brian and Kara discuss a few traits that are key to becoming and remaining a successful, professional volunteer firefighter.

Inspiration - and how it relates to our fitness journey.
Hydration - an extremely important part of our overall preparation.
Dedication - a key element to our overall success in the fire service and life. 



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Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years...

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June 23, 2021 14 min

Yes!!  We are still here and we don' t plan on going anywhere soon.  

On today's episode, Brian discusses what's been going on over the past few weeks, the podcast, our platform and the future. 



About our host:

Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years.  He currently serves as assistant chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department and for the past 17 years has been a New York state fire instructor assi...

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Mutual aid, automatic aid, staffing your apparatus, knowing who to call for specific situations or specialties, it's all about setting yourself and your company up for success and not getting caught with our pants down! 


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Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years.  He currently serves as assistant chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department and for the past 17 years has been a New York state f...

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It's hard to believe, 100 episodes!  We celebrate this podcasting milestone with none other than Jeremy Sanders from the Crew 1st Culture podcast.  Jeremy is also celebrating his 100th episode.

We could not have gotten this far without the support of our loyal listeners!  We thank you for your continued support.

About our hosts:

Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years.  He currently serves as assistant...

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On today's episode Brian discusses being the "senior firefighter" and the responsibility that comes along with that position as  well as how our "attitude" can impact others. 

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Brian Soller has been an active volunteer for the last 30+ years.  He currently serves as assistant chief of the Rock Hill Fire Department and for the past 17 years has been a New York state fire instructor assigned to Su...

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On today's episode Brian is joined by friend and co-creator of "Setting Our Volunteers Up For Success", Assistant Chief Tom Andryshak. 

Tom is a career firefighter with the Arlington Fire District in Dutchess County, NY and a volunteer firefighter / assistant chief with the Florida Fire District in Orange County, NY.  He is also an NYS Paramedic  as well as a NYS Fire Instructor assigned to Sullivan County, NY and the r...

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