Welcome to FirefighterBehavior.com

Thanks for stopping by. For over 300 years the Fire Service in America has built its reputation on Service to Others, Bravery and Compassion for those whom we serve. Time and time again public opinion polls suggest that other than the family we are the most trusted institution in the nation. Unfortunately the improper actions of a very small minority of our members is damaging that very reputation that those before us worked so hard to establish. FirefighterBehavior.com is dedicated to stopping that negative trend by raising awareness of this. Our goal is to offer strategies that will prevent, detect and correct incidents of improper conduct and preserve the public trust.

As you read the incidents and articles contained on this site we ask you to consider the following; 

      How would this incident reflect upon your organization or you as it is disclosed to the public and how do you respond to comments about the situation from your community, family and friends?
      If you were the Chief or Officer in Charge, how would you feel about the situation and what would be your response?
      Does the behavior involved bring value to your organization or help you to gain or continue receiving the public support for your department?

Because not all of the news is bad, we are happy when we find reports of firefighter conduct that brings honor to themselves, their department and the fire service. It is our wish that this site would be dominated by these reports. Perhaps someday it will be.



Firefighter involved in crash now on leave

Saturday, November 15, 2014 


Hartford firefighter Jeffrey Vendetta has now been placed on leave following an incident in which he was allegedly driving while intoxicated and struck another vehicle. Read more about this at: http://www.wfsb.com/story/27384051/hartford-firefighter-charged-with-dui-placed-on-leave



Volunteer firefighter pulls officer from burning patrol car

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 


He may only be a first responder in training by the books, but in the heart of a Philadelphia police officer, he and another man are heroes.  Office Mark Kimsey was pulled from his burning patrol car after he collided with another vehicle, by Ridley Park volunteer firefighter Joe Chambers and Dante Johnson.  Read more about their heroic efforts at : http://www.myfoxphilly.com/story/27338906/hero



Clearwater FD Lieutenant resigns after incident at station

Monday, November 3, 2014 


What is your department’s policy on visitors inside the station? Clearwater Fire Department is taking a second look at their policy following the resignation of Lt. Stephen Coward. Coward is accused and had admitted to not only having undocumented female visitors on the premise, but also engaging in sexual activity during such visits. Read more and think about your policy at: http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/clearwater-fire-lieutenant-resigns-after-admitting-to-having-sex-in-station/2204546



Recipient of Gear Giveaway Program is thankful

Monday, November 3, 2014 


Winfield Township Volunteer Fire Company was one of many departments who were fortunate recipients of four sets of turnout gear as part of Gear Giveaway Program. The program is sponsored by Globe, DuPont Protection Technologies, and National Volunteer Fire Council in efforts to help financially strained departments maintain the recommended 10year replacement cycle on protective clothing. Read more on Winfield’s experience and this program at: http://triblive.com/neighborhoods/yourallekiskivalley/yourallekiskivalleymore/7045960-74/gear-department-firefighter#axzz3I0yFDO8p



Training need identified after firefighter actions

Sunday, November 2, 2014 


How does your department train personnel to be ready to approach, treat, and/or communicate with hostile subjects? The leadership of Glendale Fire Department are currently taking a look at their training procedures following an incident in which some feel the treatment firefighters delivered was too harsh.  Read more at: http://www.yourwestvalley.com/glendale/article_6f50c4c6-615e-11e4-b182-436b45f30cff.html



Fire Chief actions questioned

Sunday, November 2, 2014 


A long investigation has revealed some questionable activity of Coventry Fire District Chief Paul Labbadia while he was on duty, and in/operating a department vehicle.  What safeguards does your department have in place to prevent negative PR such as this?  See the full article and think about your policies at: http://wpri.com/2014/10/30/undercover-investigation-reveals-questionable-behavior-by-local-fire-chief/



Firefighter honored for saving brother firefighter

Saturday, November 1, 2014 


He saved his brother firefighter’s life! Our congratulations go out to Lynn firefighter Ryan Newhall who was awarded a Medal of Valor by the Governor of Massachusetts, in recognition for his heroic efforts that entailed saving his brother firefighter.  Read more about the fire and rescue of Lt. Sean Martin at: http://www.lynnjournal.com/2014/11/01/lynn-firefighter-newhall-receives-state-medal-of-valor-honored-for-saving-fellow-firefighter-in-house-fire-last-march/



Firefighter suspected unfit for duty

Monday, October 27, 2014 


Hartford Fire Department’s firefighter Douglas Caldwell is expected to resign after being suspected of having alcohol in his system while on duty. This isn’t the first time Caldwell has been reported to be unfit for work due to alcohol, as he was recently returning from a suspension of the same nature. Read more at: http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-hartford-firefighter-alcohol-resigns-1028-20141027-story.html



Does your company have a credit card safeguard?

Saturday, October 25, 2014 


What are the security measures you have in place to protect your fire company credit card? Delano Fire Company will be revisiting their safeguard procedures after discovering their captain maxed out their credit card on purchased for personal use. Shane Kuropatsky offered his apology and promised to repay the company for the misused funds. Read more at:  http://wnep.com/2014/10/23/fire-officials-charged-with-theft-from-fire-company/



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