The Fireground Fitness Podcast, Rayne Gray
Ep.55 EaseAlert, a Pre-alert for Your Health

Ep.55 EaseAlert, a Pre-alert for Your Health

February 21, 2021

When I was young on the job there were many days that I would come home from my shift completely exhausted. Despite my battered and bedraggled state, I would attend to my young family. One such occasion I was “watching” the kids when Momma went out for a run. I had fallen asleep and the Disney movie that was holding their attention came to an end. My 3 year old, tightly gripping a sippy cup in one hand, peeled back my eyelid with the other and demanded a refill of his “juice”. Despite appearances, I am a good Dad, after all, no one was seriously hurt while under my supervision. But ask any kids whose parent is a firefighter how much fun it is when they come home smoked?

Being grumpy and exhausted are merely superficial issues that can be repaired in the short term. The deeper physiological and psychological concerns are the real trouble. Bodies and brains develop chronic issues after years of little to no sleep or being jolted from bed by a million-decibel alarm (I am exaggerating but that’s how it feels). So, what’s a firefighter to do?

Fortunately, there are young entrepreneurs who are considering the issues that plague our firefighters and are tinkering with ways to mitigate some of these concerns. In episode 55 we chat with Blake Richardson and Elezar Tonev about their company, EaseAlert, their collaboration with 2nd Alarm Project and their motives for working on firefighter health and wellness.  Tune in to hear the whole story and enjoy!

 

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Ep. 54, Fish for Dinner…Again with Mark Robens

Ep. 54, Fish for Dinner…Again with Mark Robens

February 14, 2021

When I was a kid my dad told me that I “could be or do anything I wanted in life”. “Matter of fact”, he continued, “You can do many different things if you want, redefine yourself and head down a different path, build a second career or start a hobby”. This had been on my mind all these years when I met Mark Robens. Mark is the living embodiment of what my Dad had described, having established a successful law practice, becoming a Fire fighter, a professional Pilot and coming back around to now serve as an Executive Fire Officer.

On episode 54 Mark shares some of what he has learned along the way about fire service leadership, aviation, and the law! And he answers the age-old question… Why you can’t eat fish 10 shifts in a row!  

Enjoy!

 

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Episode 53, Fire Interview with Brendon Trayner

Episode 53, Fire Interview with Brendon Trayner

February 1, 2021

Interviewing is one of the most stressful events that we face in our lives. Seriously, who enjoys sitting across from a person, or group of people, who’s decisions will impact the next phase of your life? This is not something that you trifle with! You must practice, prepare and show up with some juice! So, “what am I to do”, you wonder?

Let me introduce you to Brendon Trayner, an accomplished Fire Captain, who has made a reputation helping firefighter candidates navigate the hiring process. Specifically helping folks deal with the crucial and daunting interview portion. In episode 53 we discuss the fire service, growing up with a Dad on the job and Trayner’s new book, Fire interview, the storyteller method. If you are in the hiring or promotional process you need to get your interviewing skills dialed in! I recommend that you read Traynor’s book and listen to this episode of the FGF podcast. I promise you will gain invaluable insight. Enjoy the episode and then GetSome!

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Episode 52, Failure in not fatal with Billy Burnett

Episode 52, Failure in not fatal with Billy Burnett

January 24, 2021

Billy Burnett and I met a long while ago, becoming fast friends as we discussed our love of ultra-running, mt. biking and, well, all things back country! Yet, not until he and I sat down to record episode 52 of the FGF podcast did I find out that he grew up in Saudi Arabia. Then, as a stranger in a strange land, arrived in Wickenburg Arizona - Two worlds that could not be farther apart.

We discussed his wildland adventures and his eventual landing in the urban fire service. As well as his, challenges with motivation and weight gain, ultrarunning, of course, and his ultra-distance journey to becoming a company officer.

*Special Note* this episode was recorded a couple of months ago and Billy is now a full-fledged, badge wearing, card carrying, Fire Captain – Congrats Brother, well deserved.

Folks, enjoy this great episode!

 

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Ep.51 Create Your Own Light with Travis Howze

Ep.51 Create Your Own Light with Travis Howze

January 9, 2021

A U.S. Marine, former Police Officer, Firefighter, Comedian and Speaker, Travis Howze has accumulated a lifetime’s worth of interesting experiences which he shares in his book, Create Your Own Light.

When Howze laid 9 of his brothers to rest after the devastating Sofa Super Store fire his career in the fire service came crashing down around him. PTSD crept in, eroding relationships, his sense of self and ultimately his will to stay in the fire service.

He travelled the long road to healing, becoming a comic, starting a family and writing his story in hopes that you may learn a little, laugh a lot and find a way to “Create Your Own Light”.

In episode 51 we discuss all the above and much more, enjoy!

 

For more information on the Sofa Super Store fire please go check out the Niosh report linked below. We owe it to our fallen brothers to know and understand their story.

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200718.html

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Ep.50 Comedy & Coffee with Jason Patton

Ep.50 Comedy & Coffee with Jason Patton

December 13, 2020

If you need a good cup of coffee, a good laugh, or rescue from a hurricane Jason Patton is your guy.  Working in south Florida, Jason is a firefighter who uses his spare time to lighten things up. Making hilarious videos is just one of the many things Jason does. In episode 50 we discuss the videos and so much more! I hoep you enjoy!

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Ep.49 Breath is Life w/ Ben Dubin Part 2

Ep.49 Breath is Life w/ Ben Dubin Part 2

November 29, 2020

Ben lead Chris Pearce and I through a Wim Hof session. Listen in or follow along and see what happens. It is invigorating and I promise you will enjoy.  Follow the instructions below

Breathing instructions

“Every training begins with proper breathing. Sit or lie down comfortably in a relaxing environment and calm your mind. Begin to breathe consciously. Start slowly and inhale ever deeper until you are filling your lungs completely. Maintain a steady rhythm breathing in fully from your belly. On the exhales simply let the air go. Keep count and continue until you get to 30-40 breaths. After the final exhale try holding your breath for 1-3 minutes. This is the retention time. When the urge to breathe arises take one more deep breath and hold it for 10-15 seconds. This constitutes one cycle”

“this should be somewhat strenuous but never uncomfortable. If it becomes too hard or unpleasant, stop and try again later. You will get better with practice. Just stay relaxed but focused”

“Never perform the breathwork in or around any body of water, while driving or in any environment where loss of consciousness can have serious consequences”

Always consult a physician prior to engaging in any exercise or fitness routine to make sure you are healthy to do so.

Ep.49 Breath is life w/ Ben Dubin

Ep.49 Breath is life w/ Ben Dubin

November 29, 2020

“When the breath wanders the mind is unsteady, but when the breath is calmed, the mind too will be still.”  – Hatha Yoga Pradipika, 500-year-old yogic text.

The ancients understood the power of breath and today we reach back to this ancient knowledge. In episode 49 we sit with Ben Dubin a Firefighter and Wim Hof instructor to discuss the power of breath, it’s healing and rejuvenating strength.  I hope you enjoy this episode and follow it up with part 2 where you can follow us as we do a full Wim Hof session. Check it out!

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Ep. 48 SemperStronger with Rebecca Rouse

Ep. 48 SemperStronger with Rebecca Rouse

November 15, 2020

I have been swinging a Kettlebell since 07 and thought I had it all figured out. Then along comes Rebecca Rouse, a fantastic strength and conditioning coach, who easily spotted and corrected my years of poor form. Her coaching has been honed through academics, personal experience, and years of exposure to the USMC.

Her desire to serve continues to grow and is branching out to support the mission of all warriors – Mil, LEO and Fire.

In episode 48 we discuss a little about her journey into the world of coaching, her training philosophy and how she trains Mil & Public safety to optimize capacity and health.

I hope you enjoy this episode and find some nuggets to strengthen your body, mind, and spirit.  GetSome!

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Ep.47 Tier 1 Athletes with Kevin Easley

Ep.47 Tier 1 Athletes with Kevin Easley

November 1, 2020

No one understand the squad, they miss-use, they cancel, they just do not understand these special operators.  From my perspective, and I’m not just blowing smoke, Squadies are a wicked special and talented group of folks and a serious everyday asset. In episode 47 Kevin Easley and I discuss a little about the work of the Squad, culture in the fire service, Tier_1_Athletes and so much more! Please enjoy!

 

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