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.  




Kegs & Eggs at the Fire Station???

Monday, July 20, 2015  COLUMBUS, OH

Despite rules & regs being in place of no alcohol being permitted on the property, firefighters in Columbus are now under investigation after their recent event "Kegs & Eggs."  An all day & evening party led to trash, broken windows, and now a potential loss of jobs.  Fire Chief Kevin O'Connor says, "If these rumors are true, this is the exact opposite of the culture I am trying build."  How would you and your management staff react to this happening at your station? What could be done to prevent this from happening? How would this be viewed by your community?

Read more at: http://www.firerescue1.com/fire-department-management/articles/2903837-Firefighters-accused-of-trashing-shuttered-station/?utm_source=3010140&utm_medium=email&utm_content=TopNewsLeft1Title&utm_campaign=FR1Member&nlid=3010140



Firefighter running for a purpose

Monday, July 20, 2015   RIDGEWOOD, NJ

Lieutenant Brendan Corcoran was recognized for this accomplishment in breaking running Guinness World Records, while WEARING HIS FIRE GEAR! Lt. Corcoran is a promoter of fitness in the firehouse and even founded Team Firefighter.  Kudos for helping your brother & sister firefighters and the fire service Lt.!

Read more about his accomplishments at: http://cliffviewpilot.com/ridgewood-fire-lieutenant-honored-by-nj-legislators-for-setting-record-running-mile-in-full-gear/



Firefighters under investigation for party at closed Downtown station

Saturday, July 18, 2015  Several Columbus firefighters are under investigation for damage to city property, and a supervisor has been reassigned after an unauthorized, alcohol-fueled party at a Downtown fire station. Fire Chief Kevin O’Connor ordered the investigation this week after city workers discovered empty alcohol containers and damage at Station 2, 150 E. Fulton St. The city shuttered the station on June 17 and moved the equipment to its newly opened Station 3 on Greenlawn Avenue. After fire operations ended at Station 2 about two weeks ago, some firefighters who worked on the division’s third unit at the station organized a party they called “kegs and eggs.” full story: http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/07/17/Fire-Division-party-investigation.html



Vallejo Firefighters honored for saves

Friday, July 17, 2015   VALLEJO, CA

Firefighters don't ask for recognition when they save a life because that's their passion, but they definitely deserve it.  Several firefighters from Vallejo were recently awarded Medals of Valor by city council for their life saving efforts in two fires from 2014.

Read more about their rescues at:  http://www.timesheraldonline.com/general-news/20150715/vallejo-firefighters-commended-for-life-saving-work



Volusia firefighter reprimanded for threats to cut up commander

Thursday, July 16, 2015  A Volusia County firefighter, described by a superior as a danger to co-workers during an angry outburst at the fire station, served a suspension for threatening to cut up his commander into a thousand pieces, records show. full story: http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20150715/NEWS/150719707/101040?Title=Volusia-firefighter-reprimanded-for-threats-to-cut-up-commander



Firefighter took action!

Thursday, July 16, 2015   MIDLOTHIAN, TX


As a first responder, we are public servants who protect and serve day in and day out, both on and off duty.  A firefighter and former Marine found himself in the middle of an attempted robbery while paying for his items at the store.  Daniel Gaskey was pushed out of the way by a masked 19yo who thought he was going to get away with some fast cash.  Gaskey didn't just stand by and watch it happen, he tackled the young man and held him down until police arrived to arrest him.  

Read more at:  http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/texas-firefighter-takes-down-would-be-robber-n392876



Celebrating 150 years of FDNY

Wednesday, July 15, 2015   NEW YORK, NY

The devastation of September 11th, 2001 will forever be known as one of the worst days in our nation's first responder history.  On it's way to the Firefighters Association of Missouri, the plane carrying a The Kneeling Firefighter statue had been grounded as a result of all air traffic being stopped.  The bronze statue quickly became a place for first responders & all whom passed by to pay their respects and show their support by laying flowers, photos, teddy bears and more at the statue.  Recognizing the impact of the statue being in NYC, the Firefighters Association of Missouri donated the statue and this week and plaque was placed at the statue as part of FDNY's 150th celebration.  

Read more at:  http://www.nyc.gov/html/fdny/html/events/2015/071315a.shtml



Hiring firefighters: Is their online history fair game?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015  A college student gets very drunk at a party and posts a video to Vine. A young woman tweets a racial joke. A young man makes explicit claims of sexual conquests on Facebook. Should a fire department take these things into account when conducting a hiring process? Employers in all professions increasingly look at applicants' social media and web presence as part of the hiring process. Colleges and universities may also consider social media as they evaluate candidates for admission. In some cases, organizations hire consultants or use software that analyze social media postings and strip them of any material that may later lead to charges that a negative decision was made based on protected class status: race, sex, religion, color, ethnicity, age and disability. A large number of states and local jurisdictions also include sexual orientation as a protected class. But there is no law that protects individuals from employment action based on their own bad decisions or stupidity. These decisions might include drug and alcohol use, workplace misconduct, sexual activity and other questionable behaviors. full story: http://www.firerescue1.com/cod-company-officer-development/articles/2870335-Hiring-firefighters-Is-their-online-history-fair-game/



Fire Chief charged after tips from NCMEC

Tuesday, July 14, 2015   MISSOULA, MT

What you do on your own time isn't just your own business, it can and will impact all aspects of your life, including the fire department.  A volunteer fire chief is now facing charges after the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children notified the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force of online materials posted by the chief.  What is your department's policy about things they post online? and how would your bylaws, executive board, and membership handle this situation if it occurred in your department?

Read more at: http://missoulian.com/news/local/superior-fire-chief-faces-child-pornography-charges/article_f2cd6286-5965-55d7-9574-5663e17cb6a4.html



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