A "Partner in Progress"

Firefighter's road rage ends with gun fire

Tuesday, November 3, 2015   MEMPHIS, TN


It is unclear what led to the road rage incident exactly, however it is known that a firefighter opened fire on another vehicle with children inside. Thankfully there were no life threatening injuries sustained to anyone involved. This is another example of how, as public safety servants, we are on duty even when we are off duty. Road rage happens, but we don't have to engage in it. Let off the gas, and let go of the steam......



Firefighter for a day

Tuesday, October 27, 2015  CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO

What better way to show your residents what your job is like, than to LET THEM DO IT for a day!  That's exactly what Cape Girardeau Fire Department is offering to the residents of their community and are getting a great response.  Citizens must apply for the free program, but once enrolled they will learn all about the history of the department and then get some hands on experience with tools and fire.  It's a great way to get your community involved, earn their respect and maybe even recruit some new members at the same time.   Click on the link below to read the full article.



Firefighters honor their own with a parade

Tuesday, October 27, 2015   YORK COUNTY, PA


This group of firefighters know how to make a man smile.  Fighting the battle of cancer since 2011, one of their own has been confined to a hospital bed recently. That's what sparked a group of firefighters to rally around, call in their neighboring departments, and honor their own with a parade of brotherly love.  With 25 pieces of apparatus loaded with firefighters, they had their lights and sirens blaring down Marshall Woodward's street and stopped in to lift his spirits.  All to make sure he knew that he wasn't fighting this battle alone. Click on the link to continue reading.



Isolated incidents or deeper problem?

Monday, October 26, 2015  PITTSBURGH, PA

The city of Pittsburgh officials and Fire Chief are now asking, 'Are these two isolated incidents or do we have a deeper problem?'  This comes after two separate arrests of firefighters within one month.  One firefighter was charged with stealing and the other with a DUI hit-and-run accident. Officials are doing exactly what they should be though...looking to see if there's a deeper problem.

READ MORE at: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2015/10/22/2-pittsburgh-firefighters-facing-criminal-charges-in-separate-incidents/



Fire Captain being charged after incident at Applebee's

Friday, October 23, 2015   SAVANNAH, GA

On or off duty, you are a representative of the department.  A Fire Captain is now facing charges after an incident occurring at Applebee's where he allegedly became belligerent, used racial slurs, and displayed a weapon during a verbal dispute with employees and patrons.

READ MORE at: http://www.wtoc.com/story/30328991/savannah-fire-captain-charged-after-incident-at-applebees



Fire Chief threatens neighboring Asst Chief

Thursday, October 22, 2015   NEW FLORENCE, PA

A verbal dispute is now the center of an investigation following a Fire Chief speeding through an established perimeter on a fire ground.  A neighboring fire company had established the perimeter for a search detail they were conducting when a police officer witnessed the Fire Chief break through without stopping. What's the message your departments gives to responding units, especially those responding in personal vehicles? Bottom line....no matter what the emergency, traffic control points are established for the citizens safety and yours.

READ MORE at: http://www.wpxi.com/news/news/local/new-florence-fire-chief-accused-threatening-member/nn7Kz/



Former Fire Chief facing embezzlement

Tuesday, October 20, 2015   ROWAN COUNTY, NC

A former fire chief is now facing embezzlement charges after questions were raised on over $19,000 worth of charges on the department's credit card. The charges in question occurred over a two year period and records have been turned over to authorities.  

Does your department have adequate checks and balances in place to be able to quickly identify any non-firehouse related charges?

READ MORE at: http://www.wbtv.com/story/30298100/fire-chief-accused-of-embezzling-money-from-fire-department



10yr firefighter sexual harassment case comes to an end

Monday, October 19, 2015   TUCSON, AZ

Female Firefighter Michelle Maliniak was hired by Tucson Fire Department in 1990 into a predominantly man's career path.   Being in that position, she knew she would have to work extra hard to succeed and 'prove' herself.  Gender aside, common firehouse antics ensued, but when a sign was posted in 2005 that read “Fu@# You Use Reverse B!*tch,” she had enough and filed a sexual harassment lawsuit.  The litigation continued for 10 years and a settlement has now been reached and her only wish, "What I really want to come out of this is for people to know the city doesn’t do anything to stop these behaviors, and it’s costing taxpayers.”  

What is your departments' stance on tolerance of harassment? Do you have a zero tolerance? Is that a known expectation? What steps do you take to avoid situations like these from occurring?

READ MORE AT: http://tucson.com/news/local/ex-firefighter-hopes-sex-harassment-ruling-changes-behaviors/article_cae8f77d-9404-5043-8680-46212d8ae17d.html



Firefighter indefinitely suspended after investigation

Monday, October 19, 2015   WACO, TX

What started out as an changing traffic lanes without signaling traffic stop, led to 'unlawfully carrying a pistol' charge, and has now led to a 13yr Waco veteran firefighter to be fired, or indefinitely suspended.  A long investigation has revealed the firefighter is allegedly part of a motorcycle street gange and details of previous incidents that the department wasn't aware of. 

The article states "Dudley also was fired for not obeying rules and regulations; being absent from work without good reason; failing to notify the department within 24 hours of his arrest; using poor judgment that reflects negatively toward the fire department and the city; and demonstrating poor moral character by associating with and/or being a member of a known criminal street gang as defined by the Texas Penal Code, according to the termination document."

READ MORE AT: http://www.wacotrib.com/news/fire/waco-firefighter-fired-after-gun-arrest-officials-learn-of-alleged/article_f3bd1f89-2c33-5896-a466-30a1026f915a.html



Retired Fire Chief owes nearly half million

Monday, October 12, 2015   LOOMIS, CA


The former Fire Chief of Alameda County Fire Department has now been ordered to pay back nearly half a million dollars.  An investigation revealed he was collecting his retirement pension from his position and also receiving a public employee salary at the same time. This continued for two more years and now he was ordered to pay it back.

READ MORE AT: http://fox40.com/2015/10/10/loomis-council-member-former-fire-chief-under-fire-for-double-dipping/



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