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.



Firefighter suspected unfit for duty

Monday, October 27, 2014 


Hartford Fire Department’s firefighter Douglas Caldwell is expected to resign after being suspected of having alcohol in his system while on duty. This isn’t the first time Caldwell has been reported to be unfit for work due to alcohol, as he was recently returning from a suspension of the same nature. Read more at: http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-hartford-firefighter-alcohol-resigns-1028-20141027-story.html



Does your company have a credit card safeguard?

Saturday, October 25, 2014 


What are the security measures you have in place to protect your fire company credit card? Delano Fire Company will be revisiting their safeguard procedures after discovering their captain maxed out their credit card on purchased for personal use. Shane Kuropatsky offered his apology and promised to repay the company for the misused funds. Read more at:  http://wnep.com/2014/10/23/fire-officials-charged-with-theft-from-fire-company/



Business agreements needs to be well documented

Friday, October 24, 2014 


When your privately owned business is engaged in services with your volunteer department, you need to be sure your documentation supports it.  An audit of Marydel Volunteer Fire Company records recently revealed financial discrepancies that centered on their Fire Chief Buffy Madden and his wife Denise Madden, also the company treasurer. The company utilized the Chief’s independently owned catering business however documentation didn’t support the extent of financial discrepancy. Read more about this at: http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2014/10/22/expenses-questioned-audit-marydel-fire-company/17727431/



Firefighter arrested for arson of neighbor's home

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 


Glen Hope Volunteer Fire Department firefighter Nathaniel Mostoller was sentenced to state prison for arson. Mostoller plead guilty when he was arrested and charged following a house fire in which he lived next to and intentionally set fire to. Read more at: http://www.theprogressnews.com/default.asp?read=40408



EMT pulls crash victim to safety

Monday, October 20, 2014 


Being at the right place at the right time, an off-duty EMT reacted with some quick thinking to help save lives. The passing EMT came upon a collision in which she pulled victims out of the wreckage just before one of the vehicle caught fire. Read more about the heroic efforts at: http://www.news9.com/story/26824288/tulsa-witness-says-off-duty-medic-rescues-men-from-wreck




Halloween decorations dispute could cost firefighter his job

Sunday, October 19, 2014 


A firefighter’s future is now in jeopardy due to his actions over some Halloween decorations. Fire Chief Bryant stated his department will conduct an internal investigation into the accused Firefighter Matthew Jones’s involvement in a dispute between him and his neighbor.  It is alleged that a neighbor’s trash can was blocking the view of Jones’s decorations, he pushed them over, and an argument broke out between he and the neighbor.  Read more at: http://newsok.com/oklahoma-city-firefighter-accused-of-using-racial-slur-and-assaulting-neighbor/article/5357579



Firefighter charged with sexual conduct crimes

Friday, October 17, 2014 


A judge has sentenced a former firefighter to jail time after the 24 year old man engaged in inappropriate text messages and sexual conduct with a 14 year old he met at the firehouse.  Nathanial Roland met the young girl during a meeting at Shiremanstown Fire Department in December 2012. Read more at: http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/10/nathanial_roland_sexual_assaul.html



Paramedic chose to stay beside the grenade

Monday, October 13, 2014 


A veteran paramedic of 18 years, Cameron Padbury has seen a lot of things in the field, but none like what he faced over the weekend.  Padbury was called to render aid to a patient who had a practice grenade lodged in his thigh. It would take crews several hours to find and transport a combat medic who would be able to remove the grenade. When the medic arrived on scene, Padbury was given the option to leave the isolated ambulance and go inside the hospital for safety but he chose to stay by his patient’s side until the end. Read more at:  http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2014/10/if_he_moved_the_right_way_it_c.html



Remembering our Fallen

Sunday, October 12, 2014 


Members of CVVFA join in Emmitsburg MD this weekend for the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend where all of our Fallen Firefighters from 2013 are honored and remembered.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families as they continue on their journey of healing.



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