The Fireground Fitness Podcast, Rayne Gray
Ep.63 Barefoot and Resilient with Dr. Dara Rampersad

Ep.63 Barefoot and Resilient with Dr. Dara Rampersad

July 25, 2021

Growing up playing football, barefoot, in the streets of Trinidad set Dr. Dara Rampersad to be a unique, caring and thoughtful person and practitioner. His is not the typical origin story for most PhD Psychologists; likewise, his mission to serve public safety is not normal either. In episode 63 Dr Dara and I discuss resiliency, why it matters and how it’s developed. We also discuss growing up in Trinidad and how the sport of cricket lead to baseball. A great guest and fantastic episode, enjoy!

 

A little about todays guest:

Dr. Dara Rampersad is a First Responder and Forensic psychologist who is licensed in both Arizona and Hawaii.  He is certified in Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT) as a CIT Coordinator, and is trained in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), and FBI- Crisis Negotiator Teams (CNT). In addition, Dr. Rampersad is licensed as a professional counselor in Arizona and Colorado, and is nationally board certified in counseling, with over 20 years of experience in the mental health field.

 

Dr. Rampersad owns and operates BluePaz First Responder Services, which hosts annual first responder health and wellness conferences and provides counseling, consulting, coaching, critical incident stress debriefings, and training to first responders and their departments on resiliency, stress management and other pertinent topics.

 

Dr. Rampersad helped to start the world’s first hospital-based CIT program, and he currently serves as the Director of Crisis Services for a large multi-state hospital system. He is also an instructor for many law enforcement agencies, and trains on crisis and Mental Health Tactical Intervention (MHTI) to fire departments, paramedics, and other first responders.

 

Dr. Rampersad is a founding member and first President of the Arizona CIT Association. He also serves on the CIT International and EMSHelp boards of directors, Mesa Police Department mental health advisory board, and Phoenix Fire Department paramedic training advisory board.

 

Dr. Rampersad works with the Peoria Police Department and Prescott Valley Police Department as a member of their peer support team, and was also involved as a team leader for an International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) policy group; revising policies and procedures for how law enforcement assist people mental health crisis.

 

Dr. Rampersad helped to launch Maui County Police Department’s and the State of Hawaii’s very first CIT program aimed to improve first responder service delivery to people living with mental illness. During this time, he was also able to assist in starting Maui County’s first felony/circuit court mental health court, and he was selected by CIT International as an international behavioral health practitioner of the year.

 

Dr. Rampersad has appeared on multiple television and radio programs to speak on law enforcement response to mental health, violence risk assessment, homelessness, and other mental health issues. He has also served as an expert witness in complex judicial cases involving involuntary hospitalization and fitness to proceed issues.

 

Dr. Rampersad has been given letters of commendation by the Governor of Hawaii and the Mayor and Chief of Police of Maui County for his pioneering work in the field of mental health. He was also lauded by and received commendations from the Phoenix Police Department for his assistance in selecting their CIT detective squads, and for his ongoing work in assisting law enforcement as a first responder psychologist.

 

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Episode 62 Enduring the Badge With Jerry Lund

Episode 62 Enduring the Badge With Jerry Lund

June 13, 2021

Jerry Lund, host of the Enduring the Badge Podcast, Fire Captain in the greater Salt Lake area, is a California transplant in Utah, finding his way there in high school and deciding to stay! It may have a little something to do with the deep powder and his equally deep love of snowboarding. Or it may be his passion for the job and the community he has the privilege to serve. Either way he has made the beautiful Saratoga Springs his home and there we had the opportunity to sit and record episode 62. Jerry shared some details about his journey, the thrills of the job and the trials that came with injury. It is a fantastic episode, and I hope you give it a listen and enjoy!

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Ep.61 Firefighter Success with Jim Moss

Ep.61 Firefighter Success with Jim Moss

June 2, 2021

Throughout my career I have often wondered “what is the formula for success?” Typically landing on “hard work and self-discipline” as the default answer but this has always felt somewhat shallow. And while it is a true statement, It does not provide any of the details needed to really get somewhere. For example, you can “work really hard” but in the absence of a plan you will find yourself working in circles.

 

Captain Jim Moss, starting with Firefighter Functional Fitness (discussed in episode 34) and now Firefighter Success, shares the formula, the tools needed and the plan to execute. Jim nicely articulates 20 core principles that will give your “hard work and self-discipline” some direction and focus. In episode 61 we unpack many aspects of Moss’ personal philosophies and much more. Enjoy the episode!

 

Introducing Jim Moss:

 

Jim Moss is a fire captain and paramedic for the Metro West Fire Protection District in St. Louis County, Missouri. A 16-year veteran of the fire service, his passions include leadership, training, mentorship and fitness. Jim is the bestselling author of Firefighter Success: 20 C’s to Firefighter Excellence, and the co-author of Firefighter Functional Fitness: The Essential Guide to Optimal Firefighter Performance and Longevity. He is also the host of the Firefighter Success Podcast.

 

Jim is a contributor to multiple fire service publications, including Fire Engineering Magazine and FirefighterToolbox.com. He has shared his message at FDIC International, Firehouse, the International Society of Fire Service Instructors, the National Volunteer Fire Council, International Association of Fire Chiefs, and with fire departments nationwide.

 

 

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Connect with him personally on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and follow him and Firefighter Success on the following social media outlets:

 

Instagram: @FirefighterSuccess and @FirefighterFFit

Facebook: @FirefighterSuccess and @FirefighterFFit

Twitter: @FireSuccessBook and @FirefighterFFit

 

Learn more at: FirefighterSuccessBook.com 

 

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Ep.60 Serving with Aloha w/ Aubrey Loveman

Ep.60 Serving with Aloha w/ Aubrey Loveman

May 9, 2021

We each face obstacles in our life’s journey. Many of these challenges are within our control, such as gathering more certifications, advanced education, eating healthy and training hard. These choices can impact the trajectory of our lives and allow us to overcome roadblocks. Some obstacles, however, are not from a lack of fitness, education or skill, rather they are manifest in the judgement of others as they regard the color of one’s skin or gender. These obstacles are the product of bias and bigotry, they have no place in our community but none-the-less exist.

Aubrey Loveman’s journey is one of aloha. Despite being told “they won’t hire you here” and facing open resistance to her presence, she found mentors, support and strength. As you listen to episode 60 I ask you to pay close attention and with a soft heart and open mind really hear the story that Loveman shares with us. Her story is not uncommon among black folks and women and we need to really listen, honestly reflect and apply the lessons to our own lives.

Loveman’s desire to serve has transcended the barricades and she is magnifying her service as a firefighter on the island of Oahu where she mentors, leads and serves with much Aloha. We talk about all of this and so much more, enjoy this episode and Mahalo for listening!

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Ep59 Stop Believing, Start Knowing w/ Sean Gray

Ep59 Stop Believing, Start Knowing w/ Sean Gray

April 25, 2021

Back in 2015 I was researching modern fire behavior for a project and came across the work that Sean Gray had published. I reached out and we found a deep mutual interest in fire science research and education. Sean has a wealth of information and a curiosity that keeps him coming to the table to learn and share. In episode 59 we talk about his journey into the exploration of fire dynamics, his connection to the UL and how his understanding and teaching have evolved along the way.

Folks, this great episode, enjoy!

 

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Episode 20 Reboot - Because we cherish our dispatchers

Episode 20 Reboot - Because we cherish our dispatchers

April 11, 2021

In honor of National Public Safety Telecommunicator week we are rebooting episode 20 were we have a great chat with Kimberly Brophy a wonderful person and fantastic dispatcher. Check out the episode, then go find a dispatcher and thank them profusely for the amazing work they do in support of operations. 

Fog Nozzle Friday 1 with Rayne Gray and Aaron Quinn

Fog Nozzle Friday 1 with Rayne Gray and Aaron Quinn

April 1, 2021

First ever "ask me (us) anything"

Aaron and I sat down yesterday and rapped about the below questions, hopefully shedding some light on the subjects. We had a blast and will do this again. If you have any questions or comments holler at me and I will be sure to reply. 

SeanGrinnell@enter_the_cricket asked:

1) I work for a smaller department and I am considering testing for a major department in my area. What are the pros and cons of going from a smaller to a larger agency?

2)What differences do you notice in the older generation of firefighters to the newer generation and how can the young firefighters use their skills and resources (social media, tech, etc.) to improve the fire service? 

Joe@traderjoe asked:

3) Getting in as a small guy? Beyond bulking and fitness, what about the mentality of it? 

Zeke Gray asked:

4) What does it mean to be fireground fit? 

 

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Ep.58 Sovereignty with Ryan Michler

Ep.58 Sovereignty with Ryan Michler

March 28, 2021

Taking control and ownership of your life is a critical step in one’s journey. It starts by being honest with yourself, taking stock of your purpose, developing a plan then executing. It’s uncomfortable and challenging, but if you want to live your best life you have to dig in and do the work.

Ryan Michler, a successful business leader and founder of Order of Man, has set a tremendous example of how to do this and he illustrates it nicely in his book, Sovereignty, the battle for the hearts and minds of men.

In his book, Michler leads with defining and expressing the need for men to live sovereign lives. He follows with a reflective analysis of what it takes to get there, providing a code of conduct and a battle plan. While Michler’s target audience is men, I would suggest that anyone who is looking to get their life in order would do well to listen to episode 58 and read Sovereignty.

Enjoy the episode!

 

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Ep.57 Being a Pro with Quaid McKinnon

Ep.57 Being a Pro with Quaid McKinnon

March 14, 2021

When you grow up around the fire service it shapes and molds your journey in so many interesting ways. Quaid Mckinnon is a fire service legacy baby and he is 100% a product of this inescapable fire service forming. His Grand Father and Father were both firefighters and now he and his little brother are both on the job; standing on their shoulders and furthering the family tradition.

In episode 57 Quaid and I discuss growing up around the fire service, baseball, and what it means to be a professional who is “into the job”. Give it a listen and enjoy!

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Ep. 56 Let It Go with David Rahman

Ep. 56 Let It Go with David Rahman

March 7, 2021

Everyday I find myself learning new and interesting things about the world around us. For example, I just discovered that, globally, there are 4.3 babies born every second. As I pick up the pieces of my blown mind, I stumble over this hard-to-believe number of children.  While this enormous number of people coming into existence is shocking; I find myself considering the challenges that each of them will face in their individual lives.

Coincidentally, I’ve been reading, discussing, and learning more about what makes us each tick as individuals between the ears. In truth, discovering more about myself along the way. Seems that we are complex creatures, full of history, trauma and idiosyncrasies. We are wired to survive and also to adapt, grow and change. This is no easy task; it takes sincere work and the ability to be vulnerable and honest with ourselves. In episode 56 David Rahman and I discuss these very questions and concerns as we delve into 80’s rock, Football and his book “Let it Go, how to stop your past ruining your future.” This book is designed to help you work through this self-evaluation and work toward a healthier, stronger, more capable you.  Enjoy the episode and Check out David’s Book.

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