Fire Chief and wife charged with theft

Wednesday, August 12, 2015   DERRY, PA

Expenses, revenues, accounts payable, accounts receivable, reports, and audits. All o these items are critical pieces to your department's financial element.  Who handles those pieces in your department? Is it all the same person? Is there a check and balance or audit conducted? Would you be safeguarded from a situation that has occurred in East Derry Township?  Their Fire Chief and his wife, who is also the Secretary of the FD, were charged with theft of over $67,000.

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Ferguson MO under State of Emergency

Tuesday, August 11, 2015   FERGUSON, MO

No matter what your opinion is of the events that occurred one year ago in Ferguson, emotions were high once again a year later. Yesterday marked the anniversary and a community is under a state of emergency after multiple incidents including a shooting occurred.  Keeping the community and first responder community in our thoughts.

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How clean are your FD financials?

Monday, August 10, 2015   FARMINGTON, NH

No matter how large or small your fire department is, your treasury records should be transparent.  A Deputy Fire Chief was the first to notice that something just wasn't right in the department's financial reports. The reports were very hard to follow and after an investigation it appears that the Treasurer was able to misappropriate over $270,000!  

Read part 1 of this 2 part article and think about your departments financials....



Lack of investigations leaves firefighter & dispatcher without careers

Friday, August 7, 2015   ST. AUGUSTINE, FL

After an investigation into a July 20-unit building fire with over $2.5mil damages in Florida, a firefighter and  dispatcher are no longer employed. The fire department was sent to the area for an odor of smoke and according to reports, and an uncharacteristic lack of decisions by the engineer on the truck and the dispatcher left the fire burning for more than 45 minutes.

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Firefighter arrested for setting series of fires

Friday, August 7, 2015   MECHANICSBURG, PA

Firefighters have a passion to fight fires, but sometimes that passion can get clouded by bad decisions.  A firefighter has been arrested and admitted to setting four fires in his nearby area and is awaiting arraignment.  If this were in your fire department, are you prepared for the impact to your reputation with your community?  Do you have things in place to handle the disciplinary actions that will be necessary?

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Firefighter made a string of bad choices

Wednesday, August 5, 2015   ST AUGUSTINE, FL

One choice of consuming alcohol led to a series of bad choices made by a firefighter, and now he's on unpaid leave.  An investigation has been launched after the firefighter was arrested for DUI, with an unrestrained 4 year old in the back seat. Impairment on your decisions begins with the first drink.  

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Firefighters honored for dual saves

Sunday, August 2, 2015   BRISTOL, CT

The Board of Commissioners had the privilege of recognizing the heroic actions of seven members of the Fire Department at their meeting this past week.  The firefighters were on the scene of a 3-story apartment complex in which they saved two resident's lives.  They worked as a team and they were honored as a team. Congratulations to all!

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Winchester firefighters are ready for competition!

Friday, July 31, 2015   WINCHESTER, KY

Firefighters from Winchester are not only training to be physically fit for the job, they are also training to compete in the World Firefighter Combat Challenge!  Firefighters from all over the world have been competing against one another in various firefighter related challenges to earn their spot in the world competition to be held in Alabama in October.  

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Arson destroys property and your department's image

Thursday, July 30, 2015   TREASURE LAKE, PA

Not only will an act of arson destroy property and potentially harm lives, it will destroy the fire department's image...when the fire chief and a firefighter are the ones who set the fires.  Now the chief & firefighter will face court while the department must face the community and begin to rebuild their reputation. 

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Florida Lieutenant recognized for save

Wednesday, July 29, 2015   QUINCY, FL

On June 30, they arrived to a fully involved house fire where Lt. Paul Matthews went in and rescued the 84yo resident.  Congratulations Lt!  

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