Trending Topics

Side Alpha Podcast on FireRescue1

The Side Alpha on FireRescue1 podcast puts fire service leaders and emerging leaders in front of the hot topics facing firefighters today.

Side Alpha on FireRescue1 podcast is hosted by Chief Marc Bashoor, Executive Editor of and Chief Bashoor tackles the state of the fire service and pressing issues facing firefighters and fire departments at all levels.

Cebollero, Dudley and Ludwig discuss honoring the legacy of 9/11
A look back at some of the most popular shows and our personal favorites, too
A fourth-generation firefighter, Fort Lauderdale Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr was the first woman elected to serve as president of the IAFC
The director of the Master of Public Safety program at the Univ. of Virginia addresses some of the leadership challenges currently facing the fire service
A message to the states that have not yet changed their association name to reflect that both men and women serve our communities
The goal of ERSI’s new reporting tool at is to improve the voluntary reporting, tracking and analysis of struck-by incident data
Are fire protection systems ever a waste of money?
The FDNY captain is a founding member of the department’s Contamination Reduction Workgroup and has studied how to reduce firefighter cancer rates
Drozd details the work of the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association and what it’s been like stepping into his new role as executive secretary
Detailing the role of data in the USFA and the broader fire service, future USFA initiatives, the ongoing COVID-19 response, and more
40PlusFire is geared toward male firefighters over the age of 40 who are seeking information about prostate cancer prevention, risks and solutions
What the data shows about how, when and why mayday incidents occur, plus the 16 most common phrases heard on the radio prior to a mayday call
Simple ways fire departments can leverage technology and data, and how fire chiefs can use data to inform decisions
Tate, a DC Fire & EMS firefighter, founded Food on the Stove, a nonprofit that’s working to improve the health of firefighters
“How many times does it take for a chief to hear near-misses before they recognize there’s a systemic problem?”
Downey represented the State Fire Marshal’s Office at the incident to coordinate the state USAR response
Bashoor and Cebollero discuss staffing storages, apparatus and ambulance safety, the COVID-19 vaccines, ET3 and telehealth, the use of ketamine, and much more
Horton reacts to some of the social media commentary elicited by the article, explaining why leaders must be honest about the realities of a fire service career
While fire stations aren’t always sanctuaries of purity, they must be sanctuaries of public trust
Leeb serves as chief of the Fire Academy and chair of the department’s Contamination Reduction Workgroup
International Association of Fire Chiefs
The fire chief of the Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency in Canada shares what it’s like to be the first international president to lead the IAFC in many years
The battalion chief and research engineer also details some of the research currently underway at FSRI, including the Search & Size-up project
Fire service legal expert Curt Varone explains why fire service discipline is so different than discipline in “cubicle world”
Chief Bashoor takes a high-level look at the complex issues of discipline among the ranks
The chief shares his experience during his first year in the top spot and details how the department weathered the COVID-19 storm
The Pittsburgh chief also addresses the process of improving the department’s ISO rating and how the department has weathered the COVID-19 storm
The Plano chief and chairman of the IAFC’s Terrorism & Homeland Security Committee highlights the top security issues fire service leaders must address
Podcast hosts Marc Bashoor, Rob Lawrence, Chris Cebollero and Jim Dudley address how 9/11 affected all facets of public safety