A "Partner in Progress"

Firefighters honored for saving an unconscious man

Friday, November 13, 2015   DES MOINES, IO

They see it as, 'doing our job' but the now fully recovered fire victim sees it a bit differently.  A year ago in Cedar Falls, an unconscious man was pulled from a fire by Kyle Bovy and Eric Jensen. The man has made a full recovery and the two firefighters were honored at the statehouse for their efforts.  

Click on the link below to read the full article.



Junior firefighter training paid off

Monday, November 9, 2015   NAZARETH, PA

How much time and training do you invest in your junior firefighters? Are they 'hose washers' and 'floor moppers' or are they a valued member of your department?  Investing your time, proper equipment, and money into your young firefighters is critical to the future of your department.  From day one, they are watching & learning and if you want a strong future leadership, then you have to start training them today!  Thankfully, Nazareth Vigilance Hose Fire Co No1 did just that and a 17year old junior ended up saving his own family as a result.  A fire broke out in his family's 3-story home and he successfully got everyone out, then once the FD arrived on scene, he jumped in and helped.  Read the full article below...



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



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