Fire Chief suspended for racial comments

Friday, September 5, 2014 


Many volunteer fire departments operate with an augment of career staff and the split of house duties can be a hot topic. Elsmere Fire Company’s volunteer fire chief is alleged to have made a racial remark during such a discussion inside the station. As a result, Chief James Facciolo has been suspended for two months and then will be on probation, making him ineligible for re-election for 2015. Read more about this at:



Engine & Medic crews did more than save a life

Friday, September 5, 2014 


We have seen and heard it countless times.   An individual is having a medical emergency, calls for help, emergency personnel respond, treat and transport the patient to the hospital, and then they go back to the station to await the next call. What we don’t usually see is something like what occurred in Baytown after a crew returned from transporting a heart patient who collapsed while mowing his yard. The crew arrived, treated and transported the man to the local hospital, but then did something more. They went back to the man’s residence and finished mowing his yard. What a statement of humanity! Nice job crew! See video and read more at:



Fire Chief arrested again for stealing from the dept!

Friday, September 5, 2014 


The Fire Chief of Wilkes-Barre Township will soon face his court day after allegedly stealing $45,000 from the department. The surprising part is, this isn’t his first arrest for stealing from the department. Read more at:



Off-duty EMS Captain saved a life with bicycle tire tube

Thursday, August 28, 2014 


We just found this one and it is definitely worth mentioning. As a trained professional, you never know when you will be called into action, on or off duty.  For Albuquerque’s EMS Captain Kerry McKinstry, he was at the right place at the right time with the right training that would lead to saving the life of a bicyclist.  A woman who was out riding her bicycle was struck by a garbage truck and as a result was suffering from life threatening injuries.  McKinstry just happened to be in the area when the accident occurred and noticed she was bleeding to death from her leg. His quick actions of cutting a bicycle tire tube and tying a tourniquet onto her leg started the chain of events that saved her life. Read more at:



Fire Commissioner allegedly assaulted by former employee

Thursday, August 28, 2014 


It is hard to tell what length disgruntled employees will go to when they feel cheated.  Joseph Conant, the Springfield Fire Commissioner, was allegedly assaulted by former employee Michael Richard Jr, who believed he had been bypassed during a promotional process.  The Fire Commissioner was treated for his injuries and later released.  Read more at:



Union treasurer arrested for theft of $25K

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 


Arlington Professional Firefighters’ Association former treasurer, Keith Rutbell, has been arrested in connection with over $25,000 in missing funds from the treasury.  Read more at:



Hollywood Fire Dept supporting breast cancer awareness month

Monday, August 18, 2014 


Each year many departments in the fire service take an active role in supporting October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month. Hollywood Fire Department is one of those and is getting a head start on this year’s goal. They will be selling pink t-shirts with their apparatus and logo for $10 each with proceeds going toward the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  Read more at:



Fire Chief fired after interview process

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 


“This call may be recorded for training purposes.” A simple statement that perhaps could have saved a fire chief his job.  Boaz city Fire Chief Mike Sparks received a vote of termination after it was discovered he used a transcription pen to record interview processes, WITHOUT the permission of the candidates. Read more about this at:



Fire Department Treasurer facing felony charges

Monday, August 11, 2014 


Sally Dieter, the former Treasurer of Almond Fire Department, will now face felony theft charges after a recent audit revealed she took $22,000 from the department during her 4 year role in office.  The NY Comptroller encouraged the department to develop internal controls that would enable a better check and balance system and hopefully prevent future occurrences.   Read more at:



Firefighters supporting each other

Sunday, August 10, 2014 


The fire department is a family who supports each other both on and off the rig, near and far. The members of Winder Fire Department joined countless other departments who expressed their support for a NY brother firefighter who is battling cancer. North Boston Fire Department volunteer firefighter David Blank has been undergoing chemotherapy for acute myeloid leukemia and mentioned he would like to wear a different FD tshirt  for each day of treatment. Word about this traveled across the country and so far he has received over 300 shirts! Read more at:



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