A "Partner in Progress"

Best advice from from the Chief

Thursday, July 28, 2016   


The social media postings of firefighters continues to be a current challenge of police, EMS, and fire departments nationwide. Following yet another investigation being launched within his department, Cincinnati Fire Chief Richard Braun had some great advice for his firefighters...

"Our words have consequences and we have to watch what we say. What we do is dangerous in and of itself and we don't want to make it any more dangerous than it is."

Continue reading (link below) about the way Cincinnati is handling the challenges before them and think about what your departments' approach is and/or should be. 



UPDATE: Captain fired due to Social Media

Monday, July 18, 2016   COLUMBIA, SC

In a previous post we shared the dangers of posting controversial issues on social media, particularly where a Captain was fired over his social media posts. Well, it continues further in the same department and has led them to actually close a fire station.  In the best interest of the safety of the firefighters, apparatus and crews were relocated from one of the stations because the address was circulated and posed potential problems.  Once again, we ask you to read the article and put yourself in the shoes of the leadership of that department and ask how you are prepared and how you would respond. 



Captain fired due to Social Media

Thursday, July 14, 2016   COLUMBIA, SC

The events across our country have ignited emotions deep within, and what people aren't doing is processing those emotions before pouring them out on social media. There have been many professionals athletes, business owners, and politicians making spontaneous remarks and comments that have led them down a path they truly may not have intended.  For one Columbia Fire Captain, perhaps sitting and really evaluating his thoughts & emotions would have been the better choice vs his quick fingers to post on social media. That exact post is why he will no longer be doing the job he loves. Click on the link below to read the entire article.



Fire Chief charged with DUI

Monday, July 11, 2016   KOTZEBUE, ALASKA

Kotzebue Police received a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) call which led to a Kotzebue fire department vehicle being operated by the Fire Chief. After field sobriety tests and a breath sample, he was then charged with DUI. If this were to happen within your department... Are you ready for the publicity that it will bring? Do you have policies in place to take steps immediately? What would your follow up action be? Who all would need to be alerted of the incident prior to it being released via social media? As leaders of your organization, it is your responsibility to look at these incidents and learn from them to better prepare your agency.  Click on the link below for the full article.




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.



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