Former Fire Chief accused of fraud

Friday, May 16, 2014 


Formerly the Fire Chief of a Jackson Parish Fire District, Curtis Roller has been charged with fraud. Across the nation, Federal Emergency Management Agency awards grant monies to assist fire departments in purchasing the often very expensive but necessary equipment they need. Roller is accused of, and has plead guilty to, fraudulently submitting grant requests that his company would directly benefit from.  The policy in which the grants fall clearly state that no grant writer can financially benefit from the funds received. Read more about this at:



Behavioral issues facing women in the Fire Service

Friday, May 16, 2014 


Chief John K. Murphy takes a look at the attitude and behavioral issues that women firefighters frequently contend with. Read his latest blog at:



Firefighter arrested for terroristic threats against coworkers

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 


Houston Fire Department firefighter Scott Niles was arrested after he allegedly threatened to kill his coworkers. According to documents, Niles had weapons in his vehicle parked at the fire station. Watch the news media video at:



Firefighters lose job after photo of CPR

Friday, May 9, 2014 


Two Glynn County firefighters’ posted a photo online and has left them without a job.  While on duty in a department ambulance, an EMT and paramedic allegedly picked up a dead deer, wrapped it in a sheet, put it into the back of the ambulance, and posted a photo of them attempting to do CPR on the animal. The photo, which has now been taken down, resulted in the administrator’s decision to terminate them. Read more at:



Cal Fire Battalion Chief still on the run

Friday, May 9, 2014 


Cal Fire’s Battalion Chief Orville “Moe” Fleming is wanted as the prime suspect in the stabbing death of his girlfriend and continues to be on the run. Authorities believe he is hiding out in the mountains of California. Cal Fire has dismissed him from the department, due to no-show status for duty for 5 days. If anyone has any information on his whereabouts, please alert authorities immediately. Read more at:



Sending positive thoughts to our NC fire family

Thursday, May 8, 2014 


It is being reported that four firefighters from Ladder 32 have been transported to the hospital after the truck rolled over and caught on fire. Our thoughts and prayers are with our fire family.



Asst Fire Chief accused of snorting meth

Thursday, May 8, 2014 


A warrant has been issued for Alva Fire Department’s Assistant Fire Chief, Ricky Ryan Rhodes for possession of methamphetamine. A witness reported seeing Rhodes ‘snorting’ a white powdery substance off of his desk. Read more about this at:



Firefighter arrested for assaulting elderly man

Thursday, May 8, 2014 


While off duty, a firefighter allegedly got angry over the close proximity of an elderly man’s parking of his car to the firefighters.  A witness allegedly saw the firefighter stand outside of the car and strike the elderly man several times while he sat in his car. Watch the video at:



Fire Chief theft case gets continuance

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 


Update on a previously reported case: Another continuance has been issued in the charges pending for Wilkes-Barre Township Fire Chief John Yuknavich. However, as the investigation continues, it seems the amount of money he was accused of has increased from $48,000 to nearly $60,000 from the department now. Read more on this update at:



Firefighter sues the city

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 


As a result of a series of alleged harassment, death threats and disparate treatment, firefighter Jennifer Costa is suing the city. Costa claims to be the victim of such acts for the past few years and decided to take a stand. While the investigation is just getting started, claims include denials for assistance when reported, excuses for behaviors, and drawings perceived as death threats. Read more at:



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