Fire Department Treasurer facing felony charges

Monday, August 11, 2014 


Sally Dieter, the former Treasurer of Almond Fire Department, will now face felony theft charges after a recent audit revealed she took $22,000 from the department during her 4 year role in office.  The NY Comptroller encouraged the department to develop internal controls that would enable a better check and balance system and hopefully prevent future occurrences.   Read more at:



Firefighters supporting each other

Sunday, August 10, 2014 


The fire department is a family who supports each other both on and off the rig, near and far. The members of Winder Fire Department joined countless other departments who expressed their support for a NY brother firefighter who is battling cancer. North Boston Fire Department volunteer firefighter David Blank has been undergoing chemotherapy for acute myeloid leukemia and mentioned he would like to wear a different FD tshirt  for each day of treatment. Word about this traveled across the country and so far he has received over 300 shirts! Read more at:



A life-saving app linked to fire department dispatch

Thursday, August 7, 2014 


Technology for LIFE! The dispatch system for Los Angeles County Fire Department is now linked to an app called PulsePoint.  Why? A cardiac arrest patient who receives life-saving CPR within the first 3 minutes of the arrest has a much better survival rate, making anyone nearby a potential rescuer. How does it work? Read more about this at:



Recruitment & Retention tool from Nova Scotia

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 


Recruitment and retention are a critical part of the success of our volunteer departments. Fire Chief John Verrall tells us about his department’s approach to recruit new members and educate the public.  An open house will be held for the public to come and talk one-on-one with the firefighters to see how they can help. Read more at:



Alleged scam now involves fire department

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 


Scamming someone is terrible to begin with, but why would you bring your fire department into it with you? That’s exactly what is alleged Eric Watson did while purchasing a motor home from a couple in Florida.  He had responded to an advertisement of sale the couple had placed for their motor home and identified himself as a Seattle area firefighter, paid some in cash and money order, and the remainder would be coming from his PayPal account.  The PayPal portion never came. Read more about this at:



Is it horseplay or is it workplace violence?

Monday, August 4, 2014 


In the eyes of the Mayor it was a bit more serious than horseplay, and now one Lebanon firefighter is suspended for two weeks with a one-year probation, another with a six month probation, and two others were issued written reprimands.  The source of the incident? Passing gas! One firefighter passed gas intentionally close to another firefighter and he retaliated with putting him into a chokehold until he passed out.  Read more about this at:



Former fire chief plead guilty of theft of over $650

Friday, August 1, 2014 


From 2010-2013, former Fire Chief David MacBean made unauthorized purchases over $650K with the department credit cards and bank accounts. MacBean plead guilty to the charges, apologized, and claimed that he had a shopping addiction. Read more at:



FDNY firefighters honored for saving children

Friday, August 1, 2014 


Members of FDNY Ladder 107, Engine 225 and EMS 39 and 58 were honored for their heroic efforts in saving three young children from an apartment fire. A job well done! Read more and see their photo at:



San Francisco firefighter helps to catch suspect

Friday, August 1, 2014 


A carjacker suspect is now behind bars, thanks to the efforts of San Francisco firefighter Damien Orduna who witnessed the chaos while returning from a call.  Orduna parked the ladder truck and tackled the suspect, ending the chase. Read more at:



Paramedic reunited with child struck by vehicle

Friday, August 1, 2014 


First responders render aid daily to anyone who calls for help during their darkest moments. It is rare that they get to see them at their best. So you can imagine the delight when Paramedic Kerry White was able to meet the very brave 4 year old little girl who was struck by a vehicle last October. The magnitude of injuries sustained by the little girl were so severe that she nearly lost her legs. Because of the fast actions and skills of the paramedic and many successful surgeries she continues to be on the road to recovery. Read more at:



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