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 arrested for child endangerment

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 


Cardinal Joint Fire District part-time firefighter Neil Cornelius has been placed on unpaid administrative leave following him being arrested for child-endangerment. Police were called to the area of his home for a small child walking in the street.  Cornelius was allegedly passed out inside his home and when he did come out of his home, appeared to be intoxicated. Read more at: http://www.vindy.com/news/2014/jul/22/firefighter-arrested-after-child-is-foun/



Firefighter suspended indefinitely

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 


Austin Fire Department firefighter Mark Christopher Madison has been suspended indefinitely, as per department policy, following his arrest for driving while intoxicated.  Madison was operating a vehicle that crashed into a guardrail, and then admitted to having 10-12 cocktails within 8 hours. Read more at: http://austin.culturemap.com/news/city-life/07-21-14-afd-austin-firefighter-suspended-arrested-DWI/



Firefighter recognized for saving a life

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 


Off-duty Knoxville firefighter Cory Darnell was at the right place, at the right time, with the right training and a man is living proof.  Darnell came across a subject who was having a heart attack and was face-down and immediately began CPR.  The man was present when the mayor awarded Darnell with the Knoxville Firefighter of the Quarter and thanked him for saving his life. Read more at: http://www.wbir.com/story/news/local/2014/07/21/firefighter-recognized-for-life-saving-cpr/12975893/



Firefighter & wife help rescue child from vehicle

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 


An unnamed firefighter and his wife helped in the rescue of a 19mo child who was left in a car (with the air conditioning running) on a hot Florida day this week.  The mother was inside of Target and left her daughter unattended in the vehicle for 40minutes.  A firefighter and his wife noticed a child crying and immediately called 9-1-1. Authorities arrested the 35yo mother and charged her with child neglect, and released the child to her father.  Our hats off to the firefighter and his wife.  Read more at: http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/local/2014/07/15/police-mother-left-child-in-hot-car-while-she-shopped/12662619/



DCFEMS facing more personnel getting arrested

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 


DCFEMS continues to be faced with situations in which their personnel being arrested. The latest are a Lieutenant and a firefighter who were arrested over 4th of July weekend in separate incidents. Firefighter Norris Jackson was arrested after a traffic stop that reveals him being in possession of crack and a handgun, and Lt. Andrew Spotts was arrested for assault and reckless endangerment.  Interim Chief Eugene Jones has said he will be working closely with the department’s union president to tackle and prevent these type of incidents.  Read more at: http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/26016573/2-dozen-dc-firefighters-arrested-since-beginning-of-the-year



SWAT Medic arrested for sale of prescription narcotics

Sunday, July 13, 2014 


Pinellas Park Fire Department SWAT Medic James Allen Comer was arrested outside of Northside Hospital for possession and sale of controlled substances.  Pinellas County Narcotics detectives received information that Comer was selling prescription drugs and immediately began an investigation and set up a controlled purchase. Comer was in possession of eight different controlled substances when he was taken into custody.  Read more at: http://www.wtsp.com/story/news/local/2014/07/12/narcotics-detectives-arrest-firefighter/12581785/



Firefighter honored & Cub Pak witnessed and assisted with rescue

Saturday, July 12, 2014 


Tim Kealey, a volunteer firefighter was recognized for his life-saving efforts while on a camping trip with his son’s Cub Pak at Ft Mifflin in Philadelphia last March.  Campers came to the Assistant Engineer advising him there was ‘fog’ in their room which was actually smoke. Kealey quickly got everyone out, and went to the second floor apartment where the caretaker was unconscious. Parents and cub scouts were doing their best with fire extinguishers to battle the fire while Kealey rescued the caretaker until Philadelphia firefighters arrived.  Thanks to the quick and heroic actions  of Kealey and the cub scouts, the caretaker did not suffer any injuries from the fire.  Township Commissioners presented Kealey with a resolution for his efforts and recognized the actions of all who played a part in the rescue. Read more at:  http://www.delcotimes.com/general-news/20140711/firefighter-honored-for-life-saving-effort



Deputy Fire Chief terminated over DVDs in his locker

Saturday, July 12, 2014 


Brunswick Fire Department’s Deputy Fire Chief John Madala, has been fired over DVDs that he kept in his locker at the fire station. An anonymous complaint advised the DVDs are pornographic in nature, and that is a violation of city policy. Madala has voiced that he did keep DVDs in his locker but claims they are not pornographic. Read more at: http://www.news4jax.com/news/georgia-news/brunswicks-deputy-fire-chief-fired-over-porn/26905012



Firefighter arrested after operating county vehicle while impaired

Friday, July 11, 2014 


Luna County Florida Mountain Volunteer Firefighter Robert Reagan was arrested and found to have a blood alcohol content of 1.9 (twice the legal limit) while driving a county vehicle.  Officers witnessed his reckless driving and attempted to pull him over, and proceeded to pursue him at a high rate of speed before coming to a stop.  Read more at: http://www.lcsun-news.com/las_cruces-news/ci_26132239/volunteer-firefighter-driving-luna-county-vehicle-charged-dui



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