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Episode 38 – Interview with Dr. Burt Clark

Burt Clark Book1In this episode I interview Dr. Burt Clark, author of the recently released book “I can’t save you but I’ll die trying: The American fire culture” shares his passion for firefighter safety and the need to change our culture.


Length: 79 minutes

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Burt Clark4During this interview we discussed the themes in his book, including:

  1. The Firefighter’s Genes: Fast, Close, Wet, Risk, Injury, Death
  2. Seatbelts save lives. So why don’t we wear them?
  3. Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! Know when to call it.
  4. Best Practices
  5. The Pursuit of Higher Education
  6. His list of the best fire departments in America (from research he conducted based on criteria in the book: In Search of Excellence.


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Guest Contact Information

Dr. Burt Clark

Premium Press America
615-353-7905 fax

Intro music
Safety Dance (1982)
Men Without Hats
GMC – Virgin Records

Firefighter Near Miss Reporting System

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