On March 4th, 2021, Chief Frank Viscuso recorded his recently released 26th episode of Flashpoint: The Fire Inside Podcast featuring Battalion Chief Curt Isakson – Enjoy the Ride. Chief Viscuso makes it known in the first minutes of the show that he features “People who have reached the pinnacle of success in their chosen field”. For Chief Isakson, the pinnacle takes on many forms as a fire ground incident commander, professional speaker, motivator, educator, and consultant.
Other recent guests Chief Viscuso has hosted on Flashpoint include Rudy Ruettiger in The Power of the Dream, Mike Terpak in Never Stop Learning, John Hughes in People Over Profits, and Carli Lloyd in Embrace the Journey.
What sets this podcast apart from others is a deep glimpse into the moments that molded and transformed Chief Isakson into the person we know in the present day. His ride in the fire service started going to fires in a 1971 Volvo station wagon when his Dad was the Fire Chief of the Midway Fire District in the Northwest Florida Panhandle.
Growing up in an Air Force military family stationed at Hurlburt Field, the home of Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), the principles of leadership, training, faith, family, and accountability were instilled into Curt’s DNA at a young age. Chief Isakson’s motivation, purpose, and passion have evolved from both success and failure which catapulted him to embrace a quote from his father. Chief Roy Isakson passed on to his son that if he really wanted to save lives, he should train others to save lives.
The topic teasers and nuggets mentioned above only touch the surface of this hour and twenty-two-minute podcast with Chief Frank Viscuso. He characterizes Curt Isakson as the most passionate person he knows in the fire service. Below you will find links to watch or listen to this podcast.
The YouTube video of this episode is also posted on CountyFireTactics.com Podcasts & Webcasts page featuring 13 podcast guest appearances, and 39 personal webcasts from the dock, airports, vehicles, and the cottage, because they are all in the county.