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.



Driver of ladder truck charged with DWI

Thursday, April 17, 2014 


Elmwood Park Fire Department firefighter Russell Fenn IV was charged with DWI after he crashed their ladder truck into two utility poles. Fenn, who was not injured in the crash, had a blood alcohol content that was twice the legal limit and caused a fellow firefighter to be taken to the hospital with minor injuries. Read more at:  http://www.northjersey.com/news/elmwood-park-fire-captain-charged-with-dwi-after-crashing-firetruck-on-return-from-call-1.997501



Firefighters honored for 140 feet high rescue

Thursday, April 17, 2014 


Three of Yuma Fire Department’s firefighters were recognized for their heroic efforts in a 2013 rescue of a suicidal person who had climbed a cell phone tower.  Fire Captain John Whitson, Firefighter/Paramedic Manny Lara, and Firefighter/Paramedic Alex Urzua were each awarded the YFD Medal of Honor. Read about this rescue that took place 140 feet in the air at: http://www.yumasun.com/news/three-firefighters-honored-for-july-rescue/article_8103a2b6-c5e5-11e3-a642-001a4bcf6878.html



Fire company investigates missing money

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 


What started out to be an investigation of over $17,000 has been narrowed down to just over $11,000 in missing funds from the Philipsburg Volunteer Fire Company. While the individual suspected of taking the money has not been named, the investigation is continuing.  Read more about this at: http://www.centredaily.com/2014/04/14/4134854/police-investigate-forgery-at.html?sp=/99/116/118/



Firefighter found with drugs & loaded weapons

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 


When Jackson Fire Department firefighter Darricus Lemont Gunn was pulled over, the state trooper said the vehicle smelled of marijuana. According to Gunn, he was intending to deliver the found drugs to his cousin. Additionally, Gunn had loaded weapons in the vehicle. Read more about this at: http://www.jacksonsun.com/article/20140415/NEWS01/304150028/Report-Firefighter-said-he-was-taking-marijuana-to-cousin?nclick_check=1



Enfield CT firefighters finish 1st!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 


A team of firefighters from Enfield Fire Department  participated in the annual American Lung Association’s “Fight For Air Stair Climb” on April 5th and placed first out of over 150 firefighters in the state.  The team successfully raised over $1,700 toward the cause! Congratulations to the members of the team. Read more about their placement at: http://www.courant.com/community/enfield/hc-enfield-fire-dept-award-20140414,0,2025951.story



Firefighters will not be charged in beating

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 


Do you recall the story we shared with you about the off-duty Seattle firefighters who were involved in the beating of two homeless individuals at the Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Pioneer Square? Well King County Prosecutor's Office has announced they do not have sufficient evidence to file felony assault charges against them. This has created quite the controversy as you can imagine. See the following for more information:  http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattle911/2014/04/15/prosecutor-no-felony-assault-in-seattle-firefighter-scuffle-with-homeless/



Firefighter charged with theft after not returning gear

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 


When you leave Ponderosa Fire Department, you are required to return the department's gear and equipment that was issued to you. Former firefighter Shane Fisher failed to do such, and has now been formally charged with theft for the nearly $4,000 worth of equipment. Read more at: http://www.firechief.com/2014/04/14/former-firefighter-charged-returning-gear/



Injured firefighter arrested for arson

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 


It took investigators a while to get all evidence and documentation in line, but they have now officially charged former English Consul department Deputy Chief Nicholas Hannigan with setting the very fire in which he was injured. Read more about the investigation at: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/bs-md-co-volunteer-firefighter-arson-20140414,0,3745386.story#ixzz2yySvP849



Volunteer Treasurer charged with 4th degree felony

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 


The treasurer for Valley Township Fire Department has been charged with a 4th degree felony after allegations that Emily Campbell stole money from their building fund.  According to a department official, apparently several thousand dollars is missing. Read more at: http://www.herald-dispatch.com/news/briefs/x51939323/Firefighter-arrested-on-theft-charges



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