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Spotlighting the passion and perseverance of firefighters, the Better Every Shift Podcast helps all firefighters get better every day, every call, every shift.

Hosted by Madison (Wisconsin) Fire Lieutenant Aaron Zamzow and FireRescue1 Editor-in-Chief Janelle Foskett, the show brings kitchen table conversations to the airwaves, always focused on solutions, positivity and the realities of station life. Zamzow and guests tackle myriad hot topics, fire service news, plus a dash of pop culture, bringing some levity to the often very serious nature of the profession. Dig into what drives firefighters to improve themselves, their crew, even the fire service as a whole. Listen in to get better every day, every call, every shift.

New episodes of the Better Every Shift podcast launch every Thursday on as well as major podcast platforms. A video version of the podcast will air on YouTube.

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The CEO of the Spartan endurance sports brand wants to help 100 million people get fit – now 101 million with his offer of a free race for all firefighters
Classic movies everyone is still watching in the firehouse, top shows of the year, plus resolutions and “words for 2024”
With most lawsuits stemming from within the FD, officers must learn to identify and manage conflict-seeking members most likely to turn problems into litigation
It’s important to connect with your fellow firefighters, get involved in training, and avoid silos
The FDNY chief of safety – and Better Every Shift’s first guest – returns a year later to talk leadership, safety and training
Firefighter Amanda Keesey shares great gift ideas for this holiday season
Dr. Derrick Edwards – a firefighter, professor, counselor and chaplain – details psych concepts that impact firefighter work and home life
As NFFF liaison to the FDNY, Minogue works to support firefighters and their families – and pay forward positivity
The battalion chief explains how so much of her decision-making is rooted in the 2008 Salisbury Millworks blaze
The Institution of Fire Engineers-USA Branch president explains how all firefighters impact fire systems, plus the power of international connections
Part 2 — San Diego Fire-Rescue Captain Ben Vernon shares his journey from darkness to feeling “lighter, better” after therapy and EMDR
Part 1 — The San Diego Fire-Rescue captain shares the emotional story of how a seemingly “routine call” quickly escalated to a near-fatal stabbing
The IAFC president – the “chief of chiefs” – surrounds himself with passionate people who support the mission and the organization
The Orange County (Calif.) fire chief explains why a compliance-based mindset doesn’t always work in the world of chaos around us
Upon taking the reins, the Greensburg (Pa.) VFD chief made it his mission to improve firefighter safety and health
Resident grants guru Chief Jerry Brant details what application reviewers are looking for, plus common grant proposal mistakes
Andrea Vastis from the NFPA offers simple fire prevention messages to help fire departments plan for the big event
Why technology is the key to avoiding the next 9/11 and MCI preparedness
Zam takes the “who said it?” challenge to highlight some of the best advice from fire service leaders
The risk management expert says too many firefighters are unaware of the issues facing the entire industry
The IPSDI CEO argues that labeling firefighters by arbitrary birth years is unfair, too convenient and shortchanges the conversation around individuality
The battalion chief addresses a worrying statistic about the impact of stress level on firefighters’ day-to-day work
The chief urges firefighters to quit wishing for a better situation and take action to develop future leaders
Firefighter-Paramedic Mike Anderson shares what it was like having his work life chronicled for NBC’s new show – and the playful razzing that followed
The chief details the biggest firefighter health and wellness risks and offers simple ways to build accountability
The Indianapolis battalion chief highlights the power of company officers to quash negativity
The IFSI director – who is also responsible for unleashing Zam on the world – highlights how to stay engaged and current in your learning
The battalion chief talks passion for the job, fighting complacency, empowering your leaders, and the difference between being right and being effective
Keith Stakes and Craig Weinschenk detail new FSRI research focused on search and rescue tactics in single-story single-family residential structures
Deputy Chief Darin Wallentine details this year’s Firefighter Safety Stand Down theme, from EVs to e-bikes and beyond
Billy and Brian Goldfeder share their insights on prioritizing family amid such passions for fire service life