Senior firefighter facing felony charges for videos

Wednesday, July 29, 2015   LELAND, NC

A senior firefighter has resigned from his career following being charged with several counts of felony charges stemming from several incidents with minors.  Authorities say the firefighter was found to be receiving and sending sexually explicit videos and pictures with several minor females, and even to have recorded some of them in the firehouse bunk room.  How would your department handle this type of incident?  

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On or off duty, you're still a firefighter

Tuesday, July 28, 2015   BURLINGTON, VT

For many, when our work day ends is when we can do whatever we want. When you're a firefighter however, you have taken an oath to protect and serve the public and that duty never quits.  In the eyes of your community, you are on duty even when you're off duty and for that reason, a deputy fire chief is getting a closer look at his career.  Deputy Fire Chief David Roberts was on vacation when he was arrested (for the second time in 5 years) for DUI, and is now on paid leave from his job until an investigation is completed.  We at Firefighter Behavior ask that you help one another to be conscious of the image you project in the community both on and off duty.

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Plano firefighter awarded Medal of Valor 32 years later

Monday, July 27, 2015   PLANO, TX

During a house fire 32 years ago, former firefighter Vic Cowdrey pulled two of his colleagues from the burning home to safety. At the time, there wasn't a Medal of Valor program established to recognize such heroic efforts.  To Cowdrey's surprise 32 years later, the deputy chief and assistance chief of the department came to his home where is he battling cancer, and recognized his efforts with the Medal of Valor. Congratulations sir!

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Community rallies for Fire Chief Bretzman

Monday, July 27, 2015   CARLISLE, PA

A firefighter is expected to battle fires at any given moment, what they don't expect is to face a battle with cancer. Fire Chief Greg Bretzman has been dedicating his life to his community for over 30 years by protecting and serving and now his community is answering the call for him.  Chief Bretzman is fighting for his life in the battle against stage 4 kidney cancer and as you can imagine the medical bills mount up. The department, family and friends have been doing everything they can to help him physically, emotionally, and financially.  And now Triangle Carwash, a local business joined the fight by donating 25% of their proceeds over the weekend to Bretzman and his family.

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Fire Chief resigns and is facing felony charges

Monday, July 27, 2015   PERIOA, IL

How does your department ensure credit card purchases are justified purchases?  The Brimfield Fire Chief has been accused and is facing felony charges for personal fuel purchases on the department card.   Additionally he is accused of cashing checks vs depositing them into the departments bank account.  How does your Treasurer handle this? Is there a solid check and balance system in place?

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Financial accountability

Friday, July 24, 2015   COOKEVILLE, TN

When was the last time your department conducted an internal audit your accounting books?  How does your department reconcile charges, cash, checks, etc to ensure there isn't missing money? In a 17month timeframe, Hardys Chapel Volunteer Fire Department  is missing over $37,000 worth of cash and the fire chief has been arrested as a result of the investigation.

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What is your station weapons policy?

Tuesday, July 21, 2015   JACKSONVILLE, NC

Does your department have a weapons policy? If so, is it prepared for an incident such as what occurred at Piney Green Volunteer Fire Department?  Their chief has voluntarily resigned after his child accidentally fired his privately owned gun. Thankfully no one was injured as a result.  Read about this situation and see if your policies would address this.



Kegs & Eggs at the Fire Station???

Monday, July 20, 2015  COLUMBUS, OH

Despite rules & regs being in place of no alcohol being permitted on the property, firefighters in Columbus are now under investigation after their recent event "Kegs & Eggs."  An all day & evening party led to trash, broken windows, and now a potential loss of jobs.  Fire Chief Kevin O'Connor says, "If these rumors are true, this is the exact opposite of the culture I am trying build."  How would you and your management staff react to this happening at your station? What could be done to prevent this from happening? How would this be viewed by your community?

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Firefighter running for a purpose

Monday, July 20, 2015   RIDGEWOOD, NJ

Lieutenant Brendan Corcoran was recognized for this accomplishment in breaking running Guinness World Records, while WEARING HIS FIRE GEAR! Lt. Corcoran is a promoter of fitness in the firehouse and even founded Team Firefighter.  Kudos for helping your brother & sister firefighters and the fire service Lt.!

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Firefighters under investigation for party at closed Downtown station

Saturday, July 18, 2015  Several Columbus firefighters are under investigation for damage to city property, and a supervisor has been reassigned after an unauthorized, alcohol-fueled party at a Downtown fire station. Fire Chief Kevin O’Connor ordered the investigation this week after city workers discovered empty alcohol containers and damage at Station 2, 150 E. Fulton St. The city shuttered the station on June 17 and moved the equipment to its newly opened Station 3 on Greenlawn Avenue. After fire operations ended at Station 2 about two weeks ago, some firefighters who worked on the division’s third unit at the station organized a party they called “kegs and eggs.” full story:



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