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10 High-Energy Podcasts to Ignite Your Passion for Firefighting


For firefighters, who face the challenge of keeping up with the latest industry news and front-line tactics while balancing their professional and personal lives, podcasts can provide valuable and convenient opportunities for learning and growth. While we have yet to create our own podcast, we’re happy to share our recommendations of some of the best podcasts for firefighters. These podcasts cover a wide range of topics and are produced by industry experts to help firefighters stay informed and up-to-date in their profession.

To help firefighters navigate through the vast podcast landscape, we’ve compiled a list of 10 of the best podcasts (in no particular order), including both active and archived series, suitable for firefighters of all skill levels from rookie to veteran:

The NFPA Journal Podcast – This podcast, hosted by the National Fire Protection Association, interviews experts on fire, electrical, and life safety information, making it a valuable resource for firefighters looking to stay up-to-date on the latest industry trends.

Firefighter Training Podcast – Hosted by Peter Lamb, this podcast is geared towards firefighters interested in training, firefighter safety, current events and advancing their career.

Code 3 – The Firefighters’ Podcast – Code 3 is a weekly podcast by Scott Orr aimed at all levels of firefighters – from fire chiefs to rookies covering important topics related to firefighting.

Fit to Fight Fire Podcast – This podcast, hosted by John Spera and Tom Johnson, is designed to help firefighters improve their fitness and leadership skills.

Situational Awareness Matters Radio – Hosted by Dr. Rich Gasaway, SAMatters Radio is dedicated to improving first responder safety by sharing safety tips and performing safety drills.

EM Weekly – Hosted by Todd De Voe, this weekly podcast covers recent trends and issues impacting first responders, including news and interviews with leaders in the industry.

On the Line – A podcast tailored towards wildland firefighters, sharing insights and strategies related to fighting wildfires.

Disaster Dads – This thought-provoking and entertaining podcast, hosted by emergency responders, shares humorous and relatable stories to help listeners prepare for potential disasters.

The Command Post – Hosted by Lt. Rom Duckworth and Chief Rob Wylie, this series features expert perspectives on hot topics, frontline tactics, and leadership lessons for firefighters and officers.

Side Alpha – Hosted by Executive Editor Chief Marc Bashoor of FireRescue1.com and FireChief.com, Side Alpha is focused on engaging with fire service leaders on current and pressing topics facing firefighters today.

Whether you’re looking to stay up-to-date on the latest industry trends, improve your fitness, or learn leadership skills, these 10 podcasts offer valuable insights and convenient solutions for all firefighters.

Podcasts can benefit firefighters in several ways, including improving firefighter safety, increasing knowledge and awareness of new techniques and procedures, and providing an opportunity for discussion and collaboration with other firefighters. Additionally, podcasts are convenient, accessible, and can be listened to during firefighting operations or while travelling to and from work.

While this list is not exhaustive, it provides a good starting point for firefighters of all levels who want to expand their knowledge and stay informed on what’s happening in the industry.

So, the next time you’re looking for an engaging and informative podcast, check out some of the ones on this list to help you stay safe, informed, and effective on the job.

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