Episode 53: Life Scan Learning Lab Edition | Chief Steve Prziborowski

In episode 53 of the Life Scan Learning Lab edition, co-host Todd LeDuc and I have a very educational conversation with Chief Steve Prziborowski.  Steve serves as a deputy chief for the Santa Clara County (California) Fire Department, where he has worked since 1995. Prziborowski is a state-certified chief officer and master instructor, has earned a master’s degree in emergency …

Episode 52: Patrick Fitzgibbons | Mindset is Key

Episode 52 features a returning guest, Patrick Fitzgibbons of CJEvolution Podcast. Patrick discusses how to go above and beyond our self-limitations of social conditioning.  He also shares his latest podcast creation, Mindset.  We discuss some great concepts regarding self-learning, the Law of Attraction, and gratitude.

Episode 49: Life Scan Learning Lab Edition | Deputy Chief Eric Valliere

In episode 49 of the Life Scan Learning Lab edition, co-host Todd LeDuc and I have another very heart-felt, inspirational conversation with an authentic leader, Deputy Chief Eric Valliere of the Scottsdale Fire Department.  Eric is also the Chair of FDSOA.  Chief Valliere discusses his philosophy that if we teach responsibility, then accountability happens.  He also shares his belief about …

Episode 48: Dr. Donnie Hutchinson | Reluctant Yet Thankful Workshop Attendees

In episode 48 of “Get Balanced,” host Dr. Donnie Hutchinson discusses the challenges and rewards of getting firefighters and law enforcement officers to a workshop.  The workshop title is not rough and tough; therefore, first responders might shy away from it.  However, Yuma, AZ Police Training Supervisor Ruth Hernandez provides some tips on how her command staff fixed the issue. …

Episode 46: Sgt. Betsy Smith (Ret) | Focus on the Positive

Episode 46 features Sgt. Betsy Smith, the spokesperson for the National Police Association, Betsy shares the importance of focusing on the positive elements of law enforcement.  She discusses her journey of self-care, working two jobs, and turning down a promotion because the timing was not right.  Also, she talks about her Christian faith and how her spiritual wellness has played …

Episode 45: Life Scan Learning Lab Edition | Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell

In episode 45 of the Life Scan Learning Lab edition, co-host Todd LeDuc and I have a very insightful conversation with Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell.  Lori is the President and CEO of the International Public Safety Data Institute.   One of the highlights includes an eye-opening discussion about resiliency with the youngest generation in our workforce.  Listen as Todd and Lori the …

Episode 44: Asst. Fire Chief Eric Valliere | Relieve Stress to Focus on Success

An instant classic!  In episode 44, Assistant Fire Chief Eric Valliere of the Scottsdale Fire Department shares several remarkable stories about his journey through the fire service.  If you are looking for some ideas and inspiration on how to be successful, happy, and healthy at work and at home, this episode is for you.  Chief Valliere has been enjoying his …

Episode 43: Life Scan Learning Lab Edition | UC Davis Fire Chief Nathan Trauernicht

In episode 43, co-host Todd LeDuc and I interview Fire Chief Nathan Trauernicht of the UC Davis Fire Department.  Chief Trauernicht currently serves as President of the Oklahoma State University Alumni Assn. – Chief Fire Officers Chapter, Co-Chair of California FirstNet (CalFRN), Member at Large on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Safety Health …