A "Partner in Progress"

Dual position firefighter charged with theft of $83K

Tuesday, December 15, 2015   EAST WORCESTER, NY

In a two year period the secretary/treasurer, who is also the second assistant chief, managed to embezzle over $83,000 through ATM and using company checks to pay for personal expenses.  How quickly would your department's checks and balances have caught this type of activity?  Read the full article by clicking the link below.



Remembering Vivian C. Myers

Thursday, December 3, 2015   SHIPPENSBURG, PA

All of us at Firefighter Behavior ask that you keep Charlie Myers and his family in your thoughts.  Charlie's wife, Vivian, passed away on Monday.  Both Charlie & Vivian have been long time valued advocates of the fire service at the local, county, and state levels. Online condolences may be made by clicking on the link below.




Thursday, November 26, 2015   HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

From our family to yours, both at home and at the stations, Happy Thanksgiving! 

Stay safe and vigilant!



Firefighters under investigation over medications

Wednesday, November 25, 2015   TARPON SPRINGS, FL

A firefighter has resigned after being accused of stealing medications from another firefighter's living quarters.  While he faces grand theft charges, the firefighter who reported the theft is on paid leave pending the investigation.  Does your department has a policy in place that would address this issue?  Click on the link below to read the complete article. 



Proper positioning of apparatus saves lives

Tuesday, November 24, 2015   DINWIDDIE COUNTY, VA

If you haven't already experienced the powerful training that Jack Sullivan and the CVVFA Emergency Responder Safety Institute provides, may we suggest you find a class near you (or host one) soon!  The incident scene in Dinwiddie County could have been tragically different had the crew not properly positioned the apparatus.  Click on the link below to read the full article and watch the video of the wreckage in which no lives were lost.  



Firefighter continues to work while collecting disability

Monday, November 23, 2015   NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ

A firefighter's disability claim is catching up with him, nearly $42,000 later.  The firefighter has continued to work while collecting disability pay since December 2013 and is now facing second, third and fourth degree charges.  How is your department's disability checks and balances? Would it prevent something like this occurring in your agency?  Click on the link below to read the entire article. 



Fire Captain honored for pulling victim from burning car

Thursday, November 19, 2015   SOUTH BEND, IN

South Bend Fire Department Captain Darrell Eiler and Rochester firefighter Kraig Smith were a day late for a meeting, but right on time for a woman who crashed nearly head on into a tractor trailer right in front of them.  The two were off duty and enroute to a meeting that had actually occurred the day before.  While enroute, a car & semi collided in front of them, with both in flames.  The captain and firefighter worked together to pull the victim out of her burning car through the sunroof.  Captain Eiler was commended at the recent Board of Public Safety meeting.  Click on the link below to see the video and read the full article. 



Prayers for Paris

Sunday, November 15, 2015 

Keeping the victims, families, emergency services personnel, and all of Paris in our thoughts and prayers in this time of unthinkable terrorism. 



Firefighters honored for saving an unconscious man

Friday, November 13, 2015   DES MOINES, IO

They see it as, 'doing our job' but the now fully recovered fire victim sees it a bit differently.  A year ago in Cedar Falls, an unconscious man was pulled from a fire by Kyle Bovy and Eric Jensen. The man has made a full recovery and the two firefighters were honored at the statehouse for their efforts.  

Click on the link below to read the full article.



Junior firefighter training paid off

Monday, November 9, 2015   NAZARETH, PA

How much time and training do you invest in your junior firefighters? Are they 'hose washers' and 'floor moppers' or are they a valued member of your department?  Investing your time, proper equipment, and money into your young firefighters is critical to the future of your department.  From day one, they are watching & learning and if you want a strong future leadership, then you have to start training them today!  Thankfully, Nazareth Vigilance Hose Fire Co No1 did just that and a 17year old junior ended up saving his own family as a result.  A fire broke out in his family's 3-story home and he successfully got everyone out, then once the FD arrived on scene, he jumped in and helped.  Read the full article below...



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