Fire Dept Lieutenant facing child porn charges

Wednesday, February 3, 2016   

A veteran lieutenant with DCFEMS is now on administrative leave after being charged with receiving and in possession of child pornography. While the details have not yet been released, the alleged crimes stem from 2011 and 2012.

While we cannot control what our staff does on their 'own time,' what we as the leadership of our department MUST do is prepare. We must prepare the 3 P's before they happen:  policies, protocols, and public responses.  While we cannot write a perfect plan that will address every situation that may arise, we can certainly take the case studies like this one and use it as a 'test' for our system.  If this happened in your department, you could ask the following:  Do you have any policies that address conduct both on and off the job? Do you have the proper protocols to place someone on paid/unpaid administrative leave until an investigation is made or do they continue to work? Do you have any idea what you would say to the news reporter that just knocked on your door to get your take on the situation?



Reputation Management Report for 2015

Firefighter Reputation Management Training Report

Thursday, January 14, 2016  Check out this great video prepared by Candice McDonald Chief Instructor for Fire Service Reputation Management Training.



Firefighter honored for off-duty efforts

Wednesday, January 6, 2016   CHARLESTON, IL

Charleston firefighter Kyle Keefer was recognized for his quick thinking and actions when an motorcycle accident happened in front of him last May.  The motorcycle struck a deer and both riders were lying on the ground as he pulled up. Keefer quickly assessed, summoned for help, and coordinated the response in the fastest manner to help the victims.  Read about this more by clicking on the link below. 



Firefighter accused of setting fires in box area

Monday, January 4, 2016   FLEETWOOD, PA

A 19 year old rookie firefighter was seen by witnesses and captured on surveillance setting fires within his fire company's box area.  While no injures occurred during the fires, there was property destroyed by fire. Click on the title of this article and follow the link to read the full article. 




Friday, January 1, 2016   HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  

Today is the day to step back. Take a close look at what worked and what didn't work for 2015. Then develop your game plan for 2016, share your goals with everyone, and then GO FOR IT!  Leadership is only as strong as your shared vision!!



Fire Chief rescues accident victim and it's all caught on video

Tuesday, December 29, 2015   YORK TOWNSHIP, PA

They are trained to do their job properly, without notice, both on & off duty. Goodwill Fire Company volunteer Fire Chief was the first to arrive at the scene of an accident in which a vehicle was into a pole, on fire, and the victim still inside.  The chief's dash cam caught every moment of this heroic rescue. While the Chief says he was just doing his job, the victim thinks much higher of his actions.  Click on the link to see the video and read the entire article. 



Merry Christmas!




Emergency responders honor bus crash victims

Tuesday, December 15, 2015   ST JOHNS COUNTY, FL

The emergency services personnel who responded to the scene of a bus crash last month were so touched by the bravery of the students on board that they honored them in a ceremony.  In what was a very scary situation, the students remained calm and helped each other to safety. In a ceremony in front of their school, the 11 students were honored and recognized for their bravery.  Read the full article and see photos by clicking on the link below.



Dual position firefighter charged with theft of $83K

Tuesday, December 15, 2015   EAST WORCESTER, NY

In a two year period the secretary/treasurer, who is also the second assistant chief, managed to embezzle over $83,000 through ATM and using company checks to pay for personal expenses.  How quickly would your department's checks and balances have caught this type of activity?  Read the full article by clicking the link below.



Remembering Vivian C. Myers

Thursday, December 3, 2015   SHIPPENSBURG, PA

All of us at Firefighter Behavior ask that you keep Charlie Myers and his family in your thoughts.  Charlie's wife, Vivian, passed away on Monday.  Both Charlie & Vivian have been long time valued advocates of the fire service at the local, county, and state levels. Online condolences may be made by clicking on the link below.



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