Cold water challenge - please do it safely!

Friday, June 6, 2014 

SEWELL, NJ




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:  http://www.nj.com/washington-township-times/index.ssf/2014/06/cold_water_challenge_video_lan.html



 



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.



 



   


 

Rockwall 2nd grader saves little brothers life

Friday, June 6, 2014 

ROCKWALL, TX


Here’s another example of how important it is to teach our young children safety around the home, including swimming. Rockwall Fire Department recognized Nebbie Williams Elementary School’s 8yo Emma Santoro for her bravery and courage to save her little 18mo brother’s life.  The second grader was home with her two brothers and their babysitter when the youngest wandered over and fell into the swimming pool while the babysitter had stepped inside the home. Little Emma directed her 6yo brother to go get the babysitter and call for help, and then jumped in the pool to save her youngest brother. We commend little Emma for her bravery, and her parents for teaching her how to swim. Read more at: http://blueribbonnews.com/2014/06/rockwall-second-grader-honored-for-saving-brothers-life/

   


 

Firefighter to receive Idaho Medal of Honor

Friday, June 6, 2014 

POCATELLO, ID




Pocatello’s Fire Captain Ryan O’Hearn will be awarded Idaho’s Medal of Honor for his heroic efforts in saving a non-ambulatory man from a house fire in 2005. In his view, O’Hearn did what every fireman does, but for the family they were thankful to have had more time with their loved one because of this rescue.  Read more at: http://www.kpvi.com/content/news/local/story/Local-Firefighter-Receives-Idahos-Highest-Honor/LF98yaJ4QUWTVRlUZ0IIjw.cspx



   


 

Hadley 1st grader saves his Grandmother's life with 9-1-1 call

Friday, June 6, 2014 

HADLEY, MA




You can learn a lot in first grade including life-saving skills, just ask Hadley Elementary first grader Nevan Costigan.  Seven year old Nevan was recognized by his school, the police department, and the Hadley Fire Department for his phone call to 9-1-1 that saved his grandmother’s life. Congratulations to young Nevan and his class for knowing how and when to call 9-1-1. Parents - teach your children young! Read more and watch the news video at: http://www.wggb.com/2014/06/05/hadley-first-grader-recognized-for-calling-911-saving-grandmothers-life/



   


 

Firefighters charged in possibe hate crime

Thursday, June 5, 2014 

TINLEY PARK, IL


Three Tinley Park firefighters are the center of a law suit filed by an African-American Muslim man who says because of his race/ethnicity that they purposely soaked him with the fire hose as he walked past their station.  Read more at: http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Lawsuit-Accuses-Tinley-Park-Firefighters-of-Hate-Crime-261686311.html#ixzz33jY9Bxug

   


 

Zephyrhills Fire Chief may lose his job after complaints

Thursday, June 5, 2014 

ZEPHYRHILLS, FL




Zephyrhills city officials will soon decide the future of Fire Chief Verne Riggall now that their two month investigation is coming to a close.  The city manager has recommended he be terminated siting several safety issues including not having adequate manpower on rigs, insufficient amount of equipment, and his own personnel hours. Read more at: http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/news/article.html/content/news/articles/bn9/2014/6/4/zephyrhills_fire_chi.html



   


 

Fire Chief resigns over a white helmet issue

Thursday, June 5, 2014 

MONTVERDE, FL




A white leather fire helmet is the reason Montverde Fire Chief and Groveland Fire Department Lt. Noel James Fetters is facing grand theft charges.  Fetters used the Montverde credit card to purchase a white leather helmet (above & beyond the allowed helmet budget for the dept), and then used it while working with Groveland on the scenes of incidents. Social media pics and eye-witness accounts have shown his use of the unauthorized helmet.  Read more at: http://www.dailycommercial.com/news/article_2d192b93-2f5b-54ba-be61-416d0f20e76c.html



   


 

Redondo Beach firefighter suing the city & others

Thursday, June 5, 2014 

REDONDO BEACH, CA




Redondo Beach firefighter Andrew Yamamoto is suing the city, the former fire chief, and others stemming from a 2011 incident while he was off duty. Yamamoto was charged with multiple counts of criminal sexual battery following a groping incident at a party in 2011, was later acquitted, and then fired from Redondo Beach Fire Department. He is now suing for lost wages, claiming he was wrongfully terminated, discrimination, and mistreatment. Read more about the twist of this case at: http://www.easyreadernews.com/84581/firefighter-sexual-battery-fired-yamamoto/



   


 

Houston firefighter arrested for stolen vehicle

Thursday, June 5, 2014 

HOUSTON, TX




Houston Fire Department firefighter John Allen Smith was arrested for driving a stolen Enterprise Rent-a-Car vehicle. During the arrest, officers noticed several identifications cards in the vehicle as well that didn’t belong to Smith.  The vehicle has been reported as stolen for a year.  Read more at: http://www.khou.com/news/local/Houston-firefighter-arrested-charged-with-theft-261893061.html



   


 

Firefighter charged for speeding in rescue boat after crash

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 

DELAWARE CITY, DE


Delaware City firefighter Edward Kalinowski was charged for negligence by at excessive speed when he and his crew were in a marine rescue boat enroute to a call on the Delaware River.  Kalinowski was operating the boat when it struck a rock jetty, began to sink and injuring all three crew members. Read more at: http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2014/06/04/fire-company-rescue-boat-hits-rock-injured/9947801/

   


 
 
 

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