A "Partner in Progress"
Thursday, December 1, 2016
GRINDSTONE, PADoes your department have a firearms policy? While the accidental or intentional verdict will be forthcoming, the discharge of a firearm inside the fire station like in the story below, gives us opportunity to review and reflect. I'm not sure what the right answer is, but as a leadership team it is your responsibility to ensure the safety of all your personnel. Therefore, you should charge yourselves with reading this article as a case study and put your department in that same position. Is there anything you can/could/should do to prevent incidents like these? Click on the link for the full article.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
SEMINOLE COUNTY, FLYou work so hard to achieve your dreams of becoming a firefighter, be it career or volunteer. It isn't easy work and not everyone can do it. You train constantly, are so careful to do it just right, push beyond your physical limitations, and constantly wonder if you did enough. So why then would you be careless while typing on the internet? What happens on the internet....stays on the internet! Remember that when reading about the firefighter who recently resigned from his position due to what he shared online. Click on the article and follow the link.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
FLINT-GRESHAM, TXDoes your department have an arrest policy? Say what? Yes, an arrest policy. Most departments go through an extensive interview process when bringing someone new to the department including reference checks and background checks. That's fantastic! Things check out okay and your hire them on. Now, what about on an ongoing basis? Let's say someone who has been on your membership logs for 3 years now gets pulled over and arrested for DWI. Does your bi-laws, SOPs, SOGs, etc, require your personnel to report that arrest to you? Or is it possible that they could be arrested and you never know? Then that same individual gets into one of your department vehicles a year later and gets pulled over, in your dept vehicle, and is charged with his second DWI offense. This is the situation that both the department and the individual are facing in the link attached. Read the article and role play if this were you in the leadership positions of that department.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
BETHANY BEACH, DEThe state of Delaware is taking a financial stand in their efforts to realign financial reporting in the state. Several fire companies in Delaware have and/or are facing embezzlement by their personnel, and now the Volunteer Fire Departments Financial Management Review Task Force will be charged with reviewing the entire state. While it may seem sad for the need of such a task force, it will certainly ensure financial responsibility and improve reporting. Read more about the cause and effects by following the link.
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?
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