A "Partner in Progress"
Friday, September 9, 2016
MILWAUKEE, WIWhen soliciting donations for any charitable event, please be sure that any checks are written out directly to the charity and not to you. If the checks are written out to you, then you are forced to either deposit them into your account or cash them. Either way, you run the risk of miscounting, you open your private checkbook to audit, and it's just not good practice. Read about how this Chief of the Fire Service for the U.S. Air Force has now been indicted as a result of donations made out to him, only he chose to use them for personal advantages vs forwarding to the charity.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
WARWICK, NYA fire chief has now resigned after being charged with DWI, in his department vehicle. According to the reports, he and an unnamed female were in the fire chief's car when it struck a tree. As a result, he has been charged with DWI and since resigned from his position in the department. Read the complete article below and put yourself in the leaderships' shoes and hypothetically test your bylaws to see what questions may be raised if this happened in your department.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
WILMINGTON, NCDoes your department have a logistics coordinator or a system in place that is accurately tracking each piece of equipment you have? If not, you may want to read the article below and consider developing a system and assigning a specific person(s) to the task. There are so many tools of the trade that we staff our apparatus with, whether it's an engine, ladder truck, tanker, ambulance, or brush truck. Someone is assigned to ensure the equipment is in solid working condition and ready at all times. However, whose job is it to keep track of where exactly that equipment is? Two fire captains have landed themselves in trouble with the law after they chose to utilize the fire department's equipment for other things. Read more below.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
CLEARLAKE, CAThe suspect arrested for the Clayton Fire and over 17 fires in the past few years, was once trained as a firefighter. No stranger to the criminal justice system, Damin Anthony Pashilk has spent time in prison before and was actually trained to be an inmate firefighter. Victims who have lost everything are relieved someone has been apprehended, while others find it hard to believe that he could be the root of the destruction. Read more at the link below...
Saturday, August 13, 2016
EAGLE, COMissing equipment and 'bookkeeping irregularities' was the cause for an investigation being launched that now centers around the Fire Chief and his wife. Over a five year span it is alleged that he stole over $120,000 from the city, then resigned. Recently hired by another fire department, his new career is now in jeopardy. Read more by clicking on the link below...
Thursday, August 4, 2016
CLANTON, ALWho has the authority to cash checks made out to your department? How frequently do you audit your treasurer? In this particular case, the Fire Chief was receiving checks on behalf of the department and cashing them at local retailers. After reading this article (link below), take a few minutes to have a discussion with your leadership team and ask the difficult questions of yourselves... If this happened in our department, what would our response be to our faithful donors, to our community, and to our members?
Thursday, July 28, 2016
CINCINNATI, OHThe social media postings of firefighters continues to be a current challenge of police, EMS, and fire departments nationwide. Following yet another investigation being launched within his department, Cincinnati Fire Chief Richard Braun had some great advice for his firefighters..."Our words have consequences and we have to watch what we say. What we do is dangerous in and of itself and we don't want to make it any more dangerous than it is." Continue reading (link below) about the way Cincinnati is handling the challenges before them and think about what your departments' approach is and/or should be.
Monday, July 18, 2016
COLUMBIA, SCIn a previous post we shared the dangers of posting controversial issues on social media, particularly where a Captain was fired over his social media posts. Well, it continues further in the same department and has led them to actually close a fire station. In the best interest of the safety of the firefighters, apparatus and crews were relocated from one of the stations because the address was circulated and posed potential problems. Once again, we ask you to read the article and put yourself in the shoes of the leadership of that department and ask how you are prepared and how you would respond.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
COLUMBIA, SCThe events across our country have ignited emotions deep within, and what people aren't doing is processing those emotions before pouring them out on social media. There have been many professionals athletes, business owners, and politicians making spontaneous remarks and comments that have led them down a path they truly may not have intended. For one Columbia Fire Captain, perhaps sitting and really evaluating his thoughts & emotions would have been the better choice vs his quick fingers to post on social media. That exact post is why he will no longer be doing the job he loves. Click on the link below to read the entire article.
Monday, July 11, 2016
KOTZEBUE, ALASKAKotzebue Police received a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) call which led to a Kotzebue fire department vehicle being operated by the Fire Chief. After field sobriety tests and a breath sample, he was then charged with DUI. If this were to happen within your department... Are you ready for the publicity that it will bring? Do you have policies in place to take steps immediately? What would your follow up action be? Who all would need to be alerted of the incident prior to it being released via social media? As leaders of your organization, it is your responsibility to look at these incidents and learn from them to better prepare your agency. Click on the link below for the full article.
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