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.

     


 

Volunteer enjoyed the thrill, now arrested for arson

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 

BIG CABIN, OK




A 19yo man joined Big Cabin Volunteer Fire Department on Aug 1 and allegedly began a string of arson fires. The department answers approximately 60 calls a year, but since Jesse Bennett had joined they ran almost 10 in one month. Bennett was arrested on 8 counts of arson for motive of the thrill of responding and fighting fires. Read more at: http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/crimewatch/volunteer-firefighter-arrested-in-craig-county-on-eight-arson-complaints/article_2178a224-c124-570e-8f7a-d0f444d28d8e.html



   


 

Orlando investigation centers around cash payments for events

Sunday, September 21, 2014 

ORLANDO, FL




Have a proper paper trail for any monetary transactions! It is hard to believe, but that is the center of a current investigation surrounding cash payment for events in which emergency personnel received payment for in Orlando.  An estimate of the amount in question is not known at this time; however they provided one example in which $79K is debatable.  Read more about the details at:  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/breaking-news/os-orlando-fire-department-cash-jobs-20140920-story.html#page=1



   


 

Lexington firefighter injures several in hit & run accident

Sunday, September 21, 2014 

LEXINGTON, KY




The community is saddened to know a firefighter was behind the wheel of a hit and run accident that left several people injured and a business heavily damaged.  Jarad McCargo was arrested after authorities tracked & found his vehicle outside of his home and will now faces several charges.  McCargo was operating a vehicle when it jumped a sidewalk, smashed into a local bar, injuring several, and then immediately sped away.  Read more about this at: http://www.wkyt.com/home/headlines/Firefighter-charged-in-hit-and-run-at-Lexington-bar-275878671.html



   


 

Former Division Chief facing felony charges

Friday, September 19, 2014 

SIOUX FALLS, SD




Formerly a division chief of Sioux Falls Fire Rescue, Patrick Warren is now facing over 15 counts of felony charges.  Warren is alleged to have unlawfully using a computer and looking at particular emails & files he shouldn’t have.   Read more about this at:   http://www.keloland.com/newsdetail.cfm/former-firefighter-charged-with-hacking/?id=169554



   


 

Suggestive banner could lead to disciplinary action

Thursday, September 18, 2014 

WILLIAMSTOWN, NJ




Your words are your image. The fate of firefighters who displayed a banner during a fireman’s convention will soon learn their fate. The banner with suggestive wording was displayed directly underneath their fire company banner, and has a lot of mixed feelings in the public eye. Read more at: http://www.nj.com/gloucester-county/index.ssf/2014/09/monroe_township_to_discipline_firefighters_after_lewd_banner_flies_at_nj_firemens_convention.html



   


 

Firefighters left note for victims of house fire

Thursday, September 18, 2014 

WEED, CA




When they care enough to say ‘I’m sorry’ it can somehow help heal the wound.  Crews recently battled a house fire in which they were not able to save, but the homeowners were comforted by a handwritten note left for them in their mailbox, by the CalFire.   Read more about the note left by CalFire at: http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/local/family-gets-heartfelt-note-firefighters-who-tried-/nhPhk/



   


 

Off-duty Fire Chief saves a life!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 

VANCOUVER, WA




Vancouver Fire Department’s off-duty Fire Chief Joe Molina was in the right place, with the right training, at the right time.  While enjoying a meal with family, another patron in the restaurant began choking. Chief Molina immediately began performing the Heimlich Maneuver and saved his life. Read more at: http://www.columbian.com/news/2014/sep/15/vancouver-fire-chief-saves-choking-man-molina/



   


 

Captains alleged to have mistreated recruit

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 

LOS ANGELES, CA




Documentation can be your best friend, especially in the case in which Los Angeles Fire Department is in right now with a recruit.  Two of their captains are alleged to have mistreated a recruit, while the captains state the individual in question was ‘performing below standards.’  The individual is the son of a LAFD Battalion Chief. Read more at: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-lafd-allegations-20140915-story.html



   


 

Firefighter accused of sexual advances in the fire station

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 

ARCHBALD, PA




Inappropriate actions inside the fire station have led a firefighter candidate to a potential suspension before he really gets started. Archbald firefighter candidate George Toth allegedly took a female into the basement of the fire station and made inappropriate sexual advances toward her. Read more about this incident at: http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/volunteer-firefighter-candidate-allegedly-molested-woman-at-firehouse-1.1751979



   


 
 
 

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