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.



Off-duty EMS Captain saved a life with bicycle tire tube

Thursday, August 28, 2014 


We just found this one and it is definitely worth mentioning. As a trained professional, you never know when you will be called into action, on or off duty.  For Albuquerque’s EMS Captain Kerry McKinstry, he was at the right place at the right time with the right training that would lead to saving the life of a bicyclist.  A woman who was out riding her bicycle was struck by a garbage truck and as a result was suffering from life threatening injuries.  McKinstry just happened to be in the area when the accident occurred and noticed she was bleeding to death from her leg. His quick actions of cutting a bicycle tire tube and tying a tourniquet onto her leg started the chain of events that saved her life. Read more at:   http://krqe.com/2014/07/07/off-duty-firefighter-uses-bike-part-to-save-womans-life/



Fire Commissioner allegedly assaulted by former employee

Thursday, August 28, 2014 


It is hard to tell what length disgruntled employees will go to when they feel cheated.  Joseph Conant, the Springfield Fire Commissioner, was allegedly assaulted by former employee Michael Richard Jr, who believed he had been bypassed during a promotional process.  The Fire Commissioner was treated for his injuries and later released.  Read more at: http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2014/08/springfield_mayors_office_city.html



Union treasurer arrested for theft of $25K

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 


Arlington Professional Firefighters’ Association former treasurer, Keith Rutbell, has been arrested in connection with over $25,000 in missing funds from the treasury.  Read more at: http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140826/NEWS/140829785



Hollywood Fire Dept supporting breast cancer awareness month

Monday, August 18, 2014 


Each year many departments in the fire service take an active role in supporting October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month. Hollywood Fire Department is one of those and is getting a head start on this year’s goal. They will be selling pink t-shirts with their apparatus and logo for $10 each with proceeds going toward the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  Read more at: http://whnt.com/2014/08/17/the-hollywood-fire-department-is-giving-back-in-a-different-way-than-usual/



Fire Chief fired after interview process

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 


“This call may be recorded for training purposes.” A simple statement that perhaps could have saved a fire chief his job.  Boaz city Fire Chief Mike Sparks received a vote of termination after it was discovered he used a transcription pen to record interview processes, WITHOUT the permission of the candidates. Read more about this at: http://www.gadsdentimes.com/article/20140811/NEWS/140819968/1016/NEWS?p=1&tc=pg



Fire Department Treasurer facing felony charges

Monday, August 11, 2014 


Sally Dieter, the former Treasurer of Almond Fire Department, will now face felony theft charges after a recent audit revealed she took $22,000 from the department during her 4 year role in office.  The NY Comptroller encouraged the department to develop internal controls that would enable a better check and balance system and hopefully prevent future occurrences.   Read more at: http://www.osc.state.ny.us/press/releases/aug14/080814c.htm



Firefighters supporting each other

Sunday, August 10, 2014 


The fire department is a family who supports each other both on and off the rig, near and far. The members of Winder Fire Department joined countless other departments who expressed their support for a NY brother firefighter who is battling cancer. North Boston Fire Department volunteer firefighter David Blank has been undergoing chemotherapy for acute myeloid leukemia and mentioned he would like to wear a different FD tshirt  for each day of treatment. Word about this traveled across the country and so far he has received over 300 shirts! Read more at: http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2014-08-08/winder-fire-department-supports-new-york-firefighter-battling-leukemia



A life-saving app linked to fire department dispatch

Thursday, August 7, 2014 


Technology for LIFE! The dispatch system for Los Angeles County Fire Department is now linked to an app called PulsePoint.  Why? A cardiac arrest patient who receives life-saving CPR within the first 3 minutes of the arrest has a much better survival rate, making anyone nearby a potential rescuer. How does it work? Read more about this at: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-cpr-app-fire-department-20140806-story.html



Recruitment & Retention tool from Nova Scotia

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 


Recruitment and retention are a critical part of the success of our volunteer departments. Fire Chief John Verrall tells us about his department’s approach to recruit new members and educate the public.  An open house will be held for the public to come and talk one-on-one with the firefighters to see how they can help. Read more at: http://www.hantsjournal.ca/section/2014-08-01/article-3820722/Recruitment-to-heat-up-for-Yarmouth-Fire-Department/1



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