Winchester firefighters are ready for competition!

Friday, July 31, 2015   WINCHESTER, KY

Firefighters from Winchester are not only training to be physically fit for the job, they are also training to compete in the World Firefighter Combat Challenge!  Firefighters from all over the world have been competing against one another in various firefighter related challenges to earn their spot in the world competition to be held in Alabama in October.  

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Arson destroys property and your department's image

Thursday, July 30, 2015   TREASURE LAKE, PA

Not only will an act of arson destroy property and potentially harm lives, it will destroy the fire department's image...when the fire chief and a firefighter are the ones who set the fires.  Now the chief & firefighter will face court while the department must face the community and begin to rebuild their reputation. 

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Florida Lieutenant recognized for save

Wednesday, July 29, 2015   QUINCY, FL

On June 30, they arrived to a fully involved house fire where Lt. Paul Matthews went in and rescued the 84yo resident.  Congratulations Lt!  

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Senior firefighter facing felony charges for videos

Wednesday, July 29, 2015   LELAND, NC

A senior firefighter has resigned from his career following being charged with several counts of felony charges stemming from several incidents with minors.  Authorities say the firefighter was found to be receiving and sending sexually explicit videos and pictures with several minor females, and even to have recorded some of them in the firehouse bunk room.  How would your department handle this type of incident?  

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On or off duty, you're still a firefighter

Tuesday, July 28, 2015   BURLINGTON, VT

For many, when our work day ends is when we can do whatever we want. When you're a firefighter however, you have taken an oath to protect and serve the public and that duty never quits.  In the eyes of your community, you are on duty even when you're off duty and for that reason, a deputy fire chief is getting a closer look at his career.  Deputy Fire Chief David Roberts was on vacation when he was arrested (for the second time in 5 years) for DUI, and is now on paid leave from his job until an investigation is completed.  We at Firefighter Behavior ask that you help one another to be conscious of the image you project in the community both on and off duty.

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Plano firefighter awarded Medal of Valor 32 years later

Monday, July 27, 2015   PLANO, TX

During a house fire 32 years ago, former firefighter Vic Cowdrey pulled two of his colleagues from the burning home to safety. At the time, there wasn't a Medal of Valor program established to recognize such heroic efforts.  To Cowdrey's surprise 32 years later, the deputy chief and assistance chief of the department came to his home where is he battling cancer, and recognized his efforts with the Medal of Valor. Congratulations sir!

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Community rallies for Fire Chief Bretzman

Monday, July 27, 2015   CARLISLE, PA

A firefighter is expected to battle fires at any given moment, what they don't expect is to face a battle with cancer. Fire Chief Greg Bretzman has been dedicating his life to his community for over 30 years by protecting and serving and now his community is answering the call for him.  Chief Bretzman is fighting for his life in the battle against stage 4 kidney cancer and as you can imagine the medical bills mount up. The department, family and friends have been doing everything they can to help him physically, emotionally, and financially.  And now Triangle Carwash, a local business joined the fight by donating 25% of their proceeds over the weekend to Bretzman and his family.

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Fire Chief resigns and is facing felony charges

Monday, July 27, 2015   PERIOA, IL

How does your department ensure credit card purchases are justified purchases?  The Brimfield Fire Chief has been accused and is facing felony charges for personal fuel purchases on the department card.   Additionally he is accused of cashing checks vs depositing them into the departments bank account.  How does your Treasurer handle this? Is there a solid check and balance system in place?

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Financial accountability

Friday, July 24, 2015   COOKEVILLE, TN

When was the last time your department conducted an internal audit your accounting books?  How does your department reconcile charges, cash, checks, etc to ensure there isn't missing money? In a 17month timeframe, Hardys Chapel Volunteer Fire Department  is missing over $37,000 worth of cash and the fire chief has been arrested as a result of the investigation.

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What is your station weapons policy?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015   JACKSONVILLE, NC

Does your department have a weapons policy? If so, is it prepared for an incident such as what occurred at Piney Green Volunteer Fire Department?  Their chief has voluntarily resigned after his child accidentally fired his privately owned gun. Thankfully no one was injured as a result.  Read about this situation and see if your policies would address this.



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