Firefighter arrives late for work & unfit

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 


Hartford Fire Department has suspended Firefighter Cinque L. Scott who arrived late for work and is suspected of being intoxicated, which led to Engine 9 being out of service for a short time. The incident is currently under investigation by the department and will not comment further on personnel matters. Sources revealed that Scott is awaiting trial on a November 2013 off-duty driving under the influence charge. Read more at:



Firefighter being investigated for Facebook post

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 


Houston Fire Department’s Firefighter Kerry Williams Facebook post is the center of an internal investigation.  The department was searching for a drowning victim at Lake Houston, and Williams made a post later that night referring to the victim as ‘a drunk Mexican.’  The family of the victim is outraged. Read more at:



One Captain resigned & another fired after ladder truck ride

Thursday, June 26, 2014 


Brooksville Fire Department Captain Sam Schey has resigned from his position and Captain Bill Kaplan has been terminated.  A series of events on April 6th began with Cpt Schey taking the department’s ladder truck out for a short ride. It is alleged that during this visit to the station and ride, that he was possibly under the influence and made an inappropriate advance toward a female firefighter. Read more about the chain of events at:



The Charleston 9 ... always remember

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 


Today is the seventh anniversary of the Sofa Super Warehouse fire in Charleston SC where nine firefighters lost their lives. Let us always remember their sacrifice and be determined to make changes to ensure Everyone Goes Home, in their honor.


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Firefighter & Battalion Chief arrested for tipping off drug dealers

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 


One of Spalding County Fire Department’s  firefighters and Battalion Chiefs have been arrested for their connection in police drug raids. Battalion Chief Tyrone Coggins and Firefighter Michael Owens were privy to information while the police began to mobilize in their drug raids, then used the information to tip off the drug dealers prior to police arrival. Read more at:





FDNY firefighter arrested after bar disturbance

Monday, June 16, 2014 


FDNY off-duty firefighter Richard Avecedo was arrested following a disturbance at a local bar over the weekend.  Police were called to the location for a disturbance and arrived to find Avecedo who allegedly became combative, struck an officer, and made verbal threats to the staff at the hospital.  Read more at:




Marble Falls Fire Chief arrested a second time

Monday, June 9, 2014 


Marble Falls Volunteer Fire Department’s former Fire Chief Deavon DeLacey was arrested for his second time for an incident with children. This time the former Chief was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a child and possession of child pornography.  Read more at:




Firefighter charged with felony domestic battery

Sunday, June 8, 2014 


Indialantic firefighter Shane Downs was arrested following a domestic dispute with his girlfriend. Downs was charged with felony domestic battery by strangulation and false imprisonment after he allegedly became violent and began choking his girlfriend. Read more at:



Fire Department Social Media Tips

Friday, June 6, 2014 


Chief Thomas A. Merrill of Synder Fire Department recently published an article about social media with Fire Engineering in their series “The Professional Volunteer Fire Department.”  This is a fantastic read for every member of your department from recruit/probie to Chief!



Cold water challenge - please do it safely!

Friday, June 6, 2014 


It’s been going viral on social media and charities are benefiting greatly because of it…the cold water challenge. Across the country, firefighters have been challenging each other to submerge themselves in a cold body of water and donate $10 to their favorite charity or choose not to and donate $100. The firefighter does all of this on a video, publishes it on social media, and then calls out five fellow firefighters to join in the challenge. Since the challenge started a short time ago, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has received over $85,000 in donations from plungers and non-plungers.  A fantastic way to strengthen the fire service bond, raise money for your favorite charity, and have fun. Unfortunately, what while making their cold water plunge fun and creative, some firefighters have had some poor judgment calls and actually put themselves in danger. Read about a few Washington Township firefighters who are possibly facing disciplinary actions following their ‘challenge’ at:


We here at CVVFA encourage all firefighters taking the challenge to do so safely, with complete thought as to the potential dangers, the equipment you use, get permission to use equipment/property that isn’t yours, and most importantly HOW you use it.




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