Firefighter involved in crash now on leave

Saturday, November 15, 2014 


Hartford firefighter Jeffrey Vendetta has now been placed on leave following an incident in which he was allegedly driving while intoxicated and struck another vehicle. Read more about this at:



Volunteer firefighter pulls officer from burning patrol car

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 


He may only be a first responder in training by the books, but in the heart of a Philadelphia police officer, he and another man are heroes.  Office Mark Kimsey was pulled from his burning patrol car after he collided with another vehicle, by Ridley Park volunteer firefighter Joe Chambers and Dante Johnson.  Read more about their heroic efforts at :



Clearwater FD Lieutenant resigns after incident at station

Monday, November 3, 2014 


What is your department’s policy on visitors inside the station? Clearwater Fire Department is taking a second look at their policy following the resignation of Lt. Stephen Coward. Coward is accused and had admitted to not only having undocumented female visitors on the premise, but also engaging in sexual activity during such visits. Read more and think about your policy at:



Recipient of Gear Giveaway Program is thankful

Monday, November 3, 2014 


Winfield Township Volunteer Fire Company was one of many departments who were fortunate recipients of four sets of turnout gear as part of Gear Giveaway Program. The program is sponsored by Globe, DuPont Protection Technologies, and National Volunteer Fire Council in efforts to help financially strained departments maintain the recommended 10year replacement cycle on protective clothing. Read more on Winfield’s experience and this program at:



Training need identified after firefighter actions

Sunday, November 2, 2014 


How does your department train personnel to be ready to approach, treat, and/or communicate with hostile subjects? The leadership of Glendale Fire Department are currently taking a look at their training procedures following an incident in which some feel the treatment firefighters delivered was too harsh.  Read more at:



Fire Chief actions questioned

Sunday, November 2, 2014 


A long investigation has revealed some questionable activity of Coventry Fire District Chief Paul Labbadia while he was on duty, and in/operating a department vehicle.  What safeguards does your department have in place to prevent negative PR such as this?  See the full article and think about your policies at:



Firefighter honored for saving brother firefighter

Saturday, November 1, 2014 


He saved his brother firefighter’s life! Our congratulations go out to Lynn firefighter Ryan Newhall who was awarded a Medal of Valor by the Governor of Massachusetts, in recognition for his heroic efforts that entailed saving his brother firefighter.  Read more about the fire and rescue of Lt. Sean Martin at:



Firefighter suspected unfit for duty

Monday, October 27, 2014 


Hartford Fire Department’s firefighter Douglas Caldwell is expected to resign after being suspected of having alcohol in his system while on duty. This isn’t the first time Caldwell has been reported to be unfit for work due to alcohol, as he was recently returning from a suspension of the same nature. Read more at:



Does your company have a credit card safeguard?

Saturday, October 25, 2014 


What are the security measures you have in place to protect your fire company credit card? Delano Fire Company will be revisiting their safeguard procedures after discovering their captain maxed out their credit card on purchased for personal use. Shane Kuropatsky offered his apology and promised to repay the company for the misused funds. Read more at:



Business agreements needs to be well documented

Friday, October 24, 2014 


When your privately owned business is engaged in services with your volunteer department, you need to be sure your documentation supports it.  An audit of Marydel Volunteer Fire Company records recently revealed financial discrepancies that centered on their Fire Chief Buffy Madden and his wife Denise Madden, also the company treasurer. The company utilized the Chief’s independently owned catering business however documentation didn’t support the extent of financial discrepancy. Read more about this at:



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