A "Partner in Progress"

Firefighter under investigation due to social media

Friday, July 8, 2016   Washington, DC

Your words are strong and once you post them on social media, they are there forever. The events happening across our nation are full of emotion, but we caution you to think before you type. One DC Firefighter is now under investigation for his words posted on Facebook following the fatal shooting in Louisiana. Click on the link below to read the article and watch the video in which the firefighter tries to explain his point of view.



Firefighters arrested for buying at the fire station

Thursday, July 7, 2016   ATLANTIC CITY, NJ

Two firefighters were in uniform, just outside of their fire station, and they purchased what they thought was heroin from a dealer. One paid money and the other traded a watch for fake heroin from an undercover officer.  Unfortunately this bad publicity completely overshadowed the news the department had just shared about the amount of lives they have been able to save because they now carry Narcan.  Read more by clicking on the link to the article...



Happy Birthday America!

Monday, July 4, 2016   HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!

Wishing everyone a safe and happy 4th of July!



Mentor the young, they could be the next Chief

Wednesday, June 15, 2016   MINEOLA, NY

One of your main missions of your department has to include mentoring today's youth. Whether you are a career, volunteer, or combination department, it must among your top priorities.  Take a look at your junior membership and evaluate things such as communication, training, public relations, social media, and performance.  Does each of these categories have sufficient attention being paid to it so that the young can learn and grow from? Or do you excel in providing them classroom & fire ground training but not so much in how to conduct themselves in their social media? Take a look at the article link below and read about Mineola Junior Fire Department's success and recognition they received from the Firemen's Association of the State of New York on their program. Congratulations to all!



Prayers for Orlando

Sunday, June 12, 2016   ORLANDO, FL

Our deepest sympathies are with the families of the victims, the survivors and their families. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

May we also remember to keep the 9-1-1 dispatchers, first responders, and medical teams in our prayers as they work hard to care for the injured, protect us from harm, and be there for us no matter what. They have seen some unimaginable sights and they too will need healing.



Expressions through art lead to smiling firefighters

Thursday, April 28, 2016   RICHMOND, VA

As crews continue to battle the forest fire in the Shenandoah National Park, they received some expressions of thanks from the community. Click on the title of this article and follow the link to see their works of art.



Heroes are not defined by an age

Wednesday, April 27, 2016   ELMHURST, IL

How well do you educate your community on the various types of home emergencies?  There is no question that you and your department will respond to the community's call for help as fast as you are able to. However, when seconds count your community is first due on their own call and the question is, have you done your part to educate them?   While your local Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP/911) Center will most times provide instruction for life saving measures, you and your department's public education programs that you provide can serve to be just as critical. Click on the title of this article and follow the link to read about a 3 year old little girl who was rescued from her pool that she was drowning in, by her 11 year old brother. Congratulations to Sam Braafhart and to Elmhurst Fire Department.



FDNY honors one of their eldest

Tuesday, April 26, 2016  NEW YORK, NY

When leadership leaves a legacy, you treat them right. FDNY did just that this week when they hosted a surprise party to honor their retired Chief Orlence (Dan) Orvis who celebrated his 40th retirement anniversary.  Chief Orvis shared this to the crew, "You're in a wonderful job. Be good to the job."  Congratulations Chief!

Click on the title of this article and follow the link to read the full article. 



Firefighter online conduct - what are you doing about it?

Monday, April 25, 2016   FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA

As information continues to unfold in the devastating loss of Firefighter Nicole Mittendorff from Fairfax County Fire-Rescue, Chief Bowers and his senior leadership are facing even more challenges. Reports are leading the investigation to some down right filthy online postings that may have lead their sister firefighter to making the choice she did.  While the investigation will not bring Nicole back, it very well could prevent the next brother/sister from being pushed to the point of what they see as 'no other options.'  Our friend, colleague, and mentor Billy G addresses this very well in his recent posting. Please take the time to read it, reflect on it, and then discuss with your leadership how you can take a better approach in preventing this from happening in your department. Click on the title of this article and then follow the links to Billy G's page. Trust me, it's worth the read!



Coming home!

Monday, April 25, 2016   SYKESVILLE, MD

Last week men and women from across the country gathered to honor the life of Prince George's County Paramedic John "Skillet" Ulmschneider who was killed in the line of duty when he arrived on the scene of a 'check the welfare' call.  During that same call, Firefighter Kevin Swain of Morningside Volunteer Fire Department & Sykesville Fire Company was also struck by the gunfire and was rushed to Shock Trauma at the University of Maryland Medical Center.  Yesterday, his colleagues gathered to bring him home from the hospital. We wish him a speedy recovery and continue to lift all of the fire family involved in this incident up in prayer. 



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