Vallejo Firefighters honored for saves

Friday, July 17, 2015   VALLEJO, CA

Firefighters don't ask for recognition when they save a life because that's their passion, but they definitely deserve it.  Several firefighters from Vallejo were recently awarded Medals of Valor by city council for their life saving efforts in two fires from 2014.

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Volusia firefighter reprimanded for threats to cut up commander

Thursday, July 16, 2015  A Volusia County firefighter, described by a superior as a danger to co-workers during an angry outburst at the fire station, served a suspension for threatening to cut up his commander into a thousand pieces, records show. full story:



Firefighter took action!

Thursday, July 16, 2015   MIDLOTHIAN, TX


As a first responder, we are public servants who protect and serve day in and day out, both on and off duty.  A firefighter and former Marine found himself in the middle of an attempted robbery while paying for his items at the store.  Daniel Gaskey was pushed out of the way by a masked 19yo who thought he was going to get away with some fast cash.  Gaskey didn't just stand by and watch it happen, he tackled the young man and held him down until police arrived to arrest him.  

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Celebrating 150 years of FDNY

Wednesday, July 15, 2015   NEW YORK, NY

The devastation of September 11th, 2001 will forever be known as one of the worst days in our nation's first responder history.  On it's way to the Firefighters Association of Missouri, the plane carrying a The Kneeling Firefighter statue had been grounded as a result of all air traffic being stopped.  The bronze statue quickly became a place for first responders & all whom passed by to pay their respects and show their support by laying flowers, photos, teddy bears and more at the statue.  Recognizing the impact of the statue being in NYC, the Firefighters Association of Missouri donated the statue and this week and plaque was placed at the statue as part of FDNY's 150th celebration.  

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Hiring firefighters: Is their online history fair game?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015  A college student gets very drunk at a party and posts a video to Vine. A young woman tweets a racial joke. A young man makes explicit claims of sexual conquests on Facebook. Should a fire department take these things into account when conducting a hiring process? Employers in all professions increasingly look at applicants' social media and web presence as part of the hiring process. Colleges and universities may also consider social media as they evaluate candidates for admission. In some cases, organizations hire consultants or use software that analyze social media postings and strip them of any material that may later lead to charges that a negative decision was made based on protected class status: race, sex, religion, color, ethnicity, age and disability. A large number of states and local jurisdictions also include sexual orientation as a protected class. But there is no law that protects individuals from employment action based on their own bad decisions or stupidity. These decisions might include drug and alcohol use, workplace misconduct, sexual activity and other questionable behaviors. full story:



Fire Chief charged after tips from NCMEC

Tuesday, July 14, 2015   MISSOULA, MT

What you do on your own time isn't just your own business, it can and will impact all aspects of your life, including the fire department.  A volunteer fire chief is now facing charges after the National Center of Missing and Exploited Children notified the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force of online materials posted by the chief.  What is your department's policy about things they post online? and how would your bylaws, executive board, and membership handle this situation if it occurred in your department?

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Pink Heals makes a special visit

Sunday, July 12, 2015   NAPLES, FL

Getting involved in your community is one of the top three most critical functions of a fire department.   A Fort Myers firefighter is part of a nationwide organization called 'Pink Heals' and they help with fundraising to provide support to the community residents. Complete with pink fire trucks, turnout gear, and caring firefighters, Pink Heals surprised a 5 year old little girl who is celebrating her final chemotherapy treatment! How does your department get involved in your community?

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Be cautious of expressing your personal opinions on social media

Wednesday, July 8, 2015  CLEVELAND, OH

A 26-year veteran firefighter from Cleveland expressed his personal opinions on Facebook about a photo, and those comments are now under investigation by his department.  Firefighter Behavior asks that you think twice before publicly posting your personal viewpoints on social media, especially in highly controversial topics. Take a look at this article and think about how that would be handled by you and/or your department...



Judge dismisses parts of Old Forge sex assault suit

Tuesday, July 7, 2015  A federal judge dismissed one of two counts of a lawsuit filed against Old Forge by a woman sexually abused as a teenager by members of the borough police and a borough volunteer fire company. Judge Robert D. Mariani also dismissed the borough’s Police Department and fire company from the case and dismissed several counts filed against former Police Chief Larry Semenza and former Capt. Jamie Krenitsky. The woman, identified as Jane Doe, filed suit in 2012, seeking damages for harm she says she suffered after being abused by Mr. Semenza, Mr. Krenitsky and former Old Forge Hose & Engine Company firefighter Walter Chiavacci when she was 15. The three men were charged in 2012 after the woman came forward. Each pleaded guilty or was convicted of charges related to the abuse. full story:



Confederate flag has led to a firefighter's suspension

Tuesday, July 7, 2015   ALBERTA LEA, MN

'Political correctness' was the reason a volunteer firefighter decided to display the Confederate flag on a piece of apparatus that was in the Alberta Lea parade this weekend.  Now that choice has forced Hartland Fire Department to launch an investigation and suspend the firefighter. How would your department respond if this happened during one of your events?

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