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.



FDNY firefighters honored for saving children

Friday, August 1, 2014 


Members of FDNY Ladder 107, Engine 225 and EMS 39 and 58 were honored for their heroic efforts in saving three young children from an apartment fire. A job well done! Read more and see their photo at: http://nypost.com/2014/08/01/firefighters-and-emts-who-saved-kids-from-brooklyn-blaze-honored/



San Francisco firefighter helps to catch suspect

Friday, August 1, 2014 


A carjacker suspect is now behind bars, thanks to the efforts of San Francisco firefighter Damien Orduna who witnessed the chaos while returning from a call.  Orduna parked the ladder truck and tackled the suspect, ending the chase. Read more at:    http://abc7news.com/news/san-francisco-firefighter-helps-catch-carjacking-suspect/229490/



Paramedic reunited with child struck by vehicle

Friday, August 1, 2014 


First responders render aid daily to anyone who calls for help during their darkest moments. It is rare that they get to see them at their best. So you can imagine the delight when Paramedic Kerry White was able to meet the very brave 4 year old little girl who was struck by a vehicle last October. The magnitude of injuries sustained by the little girl were so severe that she nearly lost her legs. Because of the fast actions and skills of the paramedic and many successful surgeries she continues to be on the road to recovery. Read more at: http://www.essexchronicle.co.uk/Brave-Maria-4-meets-paramedic-saved-life-horror/story-21747742-detail/story.html



Medical Center donates toward new helmets

Friday, August 1, 2014 


The wildfire season is approaching the Los Angeles area and now LAFD will have new helmets to protect them! The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation received $50,000 from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to help purchase 3,200 helmets.  An outstanding example of how our relationships with our public safety partners are so critical.  Read more at: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Donation-Puts-New-Wildfire-Helmets-on-the-Head-of-the-LAFD-269462641.html



Firefighter awarded $60K after ruling in verbal & physical harassment case

Thursday, July 31, 2014 


Elmont Fire Department’s female firefighter Beatrice Lozada was just awarded $60K in her case against the department. She claimed sexual harassment in the form of verbal and physical inappropriateness that was started by a lieutenant and the rest repeated the actions. The department must pay a $25K fine as well. Read more at: http://nypost.com/2014/07/30/woman-wins-lawsuit-over-badonkadonk-slap/



Not one, not two, but THREE FD leadership arrested

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 


Not one, not two, but three members of West Chilton County Volunteer Fire Department’s leadership were arrested for theft of funds and property from the department. Two former treasurers, Donna Tate and Apache Corona, and the Fire Chief, Steve Tate, all are facing first degree theft and/or extortion charges. Read more at: http://www.abc3340.com/story/26155475/3-west-chilton-county-volunteer-fire-department-officials-arrested-on-theft-charges



Firefighter arrested second time for domestic battery

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 


Orlando Fire Department firefighter Christopher Colon has been arrested for a second time for alleged domestic battery.  The incident is still under investigation the department has temporarily reassigned him to administrative duty. In the previous arrest, involving the same female, charges were dropped after it was determined both subjects were consuming alcohol at the time. Read more at: http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/orlando-firefighter-reassigned-following-domestic-/ngqkr/



Firefighter & Captain falsified accident records

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 


A Cleveland Fire Department accident investigation led to the truth behind $20K of damages to a ladder truck and downed pole.  Firefighter Richard Nickerson was operating the ladder truck that was reportedly cut off by another vehicle and crashed and Captain Ron Vargo signed the report that was submitted.  The investigation revealed security camera footage that proved otherwise, and the two falsified documents.  Read more at: http://www.19actionnews.com/story/26145595/cleveland-firefighters-charged-with-lying-about-crash-with-ladder-truck



Firefighter arrested for explicit social media messages

Monday, July 28, 2014 


Coventry Fire Department has had a third member arrested for sexually inappropriate related charges. This time 19yo junior firefighter, Brendan O’Sullivan, was arrested as a result of sexually explicit messages he sent to a 15yo through Facebook.  A former chief and lieutenant were both arrested previously for inappropriate sexual relationships with junior firefighters.  Read more at: http://articles.courant.com/2014-07-28/community/hc-coventry-messages-0729-20140728_1_arrest-warrant-state-police-south-coventry



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