A "Partner in Progress"

10yr firefighter sexual harassment case comes to an end

Monday, October 19, 2015   TUCSON, AZ



Female Firefighter Michelle Maliniak was hired by Tucson Fire Department in 1990 into a predominantly man's career path.   Being in that position, she knew she would have to work extra hard to succeed and 'prove' herself.  Gender aside, common firehouse antics ensued, but when a sign was posted in 2005 that read “Fu@# You Use Reverse B!*tch,” she had enough and filed a sexual harassment lawsuit.  The litigation continued for 10 years and a settlement has now been reached and her only wish, "What I really want to come out of this is for people to know the city doesn’t do anything to stop these behaviors, and it’s costing taxpayers.”  



What is your departments' stance on tolerance of harassment? Do you have a zero tolerance? Is that a known expectation? What steps do you take to avoid situations like these from occurring?



READ MORE AT: http://tucson.com/news/local/ex-firefighter-hopes-sex-harassment-ruling-changes-behaviors/article_cae8f77d-9404-5043-8680-46212d8ae17d.html



   


 

Firefighter indefinitely suspended after investigation

Monday, October 19, 2015   WACO, TX



What started out as an changing traffic lanes without signaling traffic stop, led to 'unlawfully carrying a pistol' charge, and has now led to a 13yr Waco veteran firefighter to be fired, or indefinitely suspended.  A long investigation has revealed the firefighter is allegedly part of a motorcycle street gange and details of previous incidents that the department wasn't aware of. 



The article states "Dudley also was fired for not obeying rules and regulations; being absent from work without good reason; failing to notify the department within 24 hours of his arrest; using poor judgment that reflects negatively toward the fire department and the city; and demonstrating poor moral character by associating with and/or being a member of a known criminal street gang as defined by the Texas Penal Code, according to the termination document."



READ MORE AT: http://www.wacotrib.com/news/fire/waco-firefighter-fired-after-gun-arrest-officials-learn-of-alleged/article_f3bd1f89-2c33-5896-a466-30a1026f915a.html

   


 

Retired Fire Chief owes nearly half million

Monday, October 12, 2015   LOOMIS, CA

 

The former Fire Chief of Alameda County Fire Department has now been ordered to pay back nearly half a million dollars.  An investigation revealed he was collecting his retirement pension from his position and also receiving a public employee salary at the same time. This continued for two more years and now he was ordered to pay it back.

READ MORE AT: http://fox40.com/2015/10/10/loomis-council-member-former-fire-chief-under-fire-for-double-dipping/

   


 

Firefighters awarded for their heroism

Thursday, October 8, 2015   HARRISBURG, PA



Four firefighters from Harrisburg PA received recognition for their life saving efforts in which a man was pinned between cars in a scrap yard in February.  Congratulations men!

Watch the video at: http://abc27.com/2015/10/06/harrisburg-leaders-honor-firefighters-paramedics-for-saving-mans-life/

   


 

Assistant Chief facing charges from relationship with applicant

Thursday, October 8, 2015   NEW FLORENCE, PA



An Assistant Chief is now facing charges after allegations of a relationship with an underage female who applied to be a junior firefighter were filed.  Again, we cannot control the actions and choices made by our firefighters off-duty, however what we can do is learn how to handle such situations.  Does your department have a disciplinary policy that would address this type of situation?  Do you promote a healthy environment in which this type of activity would not be acceptable? These are the questions that we must ask when reviewing this article.  Read more at: http://www.wtae.com/news/assistant-fire-chief-charged-with-sex-with-junior-firefighter-applicant/35708658

   


 

Fire Chief responds to his firefighter being arrested for arson

Wednesday, October 7, 2015   DEKALB COUNTY, GA



We cannot control what actions our firefighters take off duty, however we can be prepared to respond to them.  Has your officer and administrative team developed a plan per say on how your department will respond to negative choices and actions that may happen?  Read how this Fire Chief responded to the press when one of his own was arrested for arson:   http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/dekalb-co-announces-firefighter-charged-arson/nnwBh/

   


 

Remembering the Fallen

Tuesday, September 29, 2015   EMMITSBURG, MD



Firefighters from all across the country are making their way to Emmitsburg MD this week to participate in the annual Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend.  For a full event schedule and to see many of the weekends' events streamed online, go to  www.firehero.org.   Join as we unite as one to remember the Fallen, honor them, and their families.

   


 

Firefighters saved welcome home party

Friday, September 25, 2015   JAMISON, PA



It was your average oven fire call that Warwick Fire Company had responded to, but it was not for your average dinner that the homeowners were cooking.  They were cooking for a welcome home party for their son who was returning from Marine basic training.  The firefighters did a great job at stopping the fire and minimizing the damages, however dinner was ruined.  Upon returning to the station, the crew went back to work and prepared a full meal and delivered it to the fire victims for their welcoming party. Taking care of your community goes further than just putting the water on the fire. Nice work Warwick Fire Company!  

READ MORE AT: http://patch.com/pennsylvania/cranberry/s/f8u33/look-firefighters-extinguish-oven-fire-then-do-something-awesome

   


 

Saving Lives -- even off duty

Wednesday, September 23, 2015   STAMFORD, CT



Firefighter Rocco Terenzio was off duty from the City of Stamford, but that didn't stop him from rushing into a burning home and saving a life.  Terenzio will receive the Police and Fireman's Insurance Association's Heroes Hall of Fame award today in recognition for his heroic efforts. Congratulations Firefighter Terenzio!

READ MORE AT: http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/Off-Duty-Stamford-Firefighter-Honored-for-Rescuing-Person-from-Burning-Home-328507911.html

   


 

Fire Chief facing repercussions of firefighter's actions

Tuesday, September 22, 2015   COLUMBIA, SC



A firefighter who was arrested and being charged with driving under the influence is not the only one dealing with the consequences.  The firefighter is temporarily suspended and the fire chief is trying to reassure his community that the actions of one firefighter are not reflective of the entire department.

We challenge you as the officer of your department to conduct a table top exercise and present the group with a challenge such as this. What policy and procedures do you have in place to rely on? Do you have an action plan for your departments response to the community? What actions can you take to prevent this from happening in your department?

READ MORE AT: http://coladaily.com/2015/09/21/columbia-firefighter-arrested-georgia-dui-charges/

   


 
 
 

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