Firefighter charged with felony domestic battery

Sunday, June 8, 2014 


Indialantic firefighter Shane Downs was arrested following a domestic dispute with his girlfriend. Downs was charged with felony domestic battery by strangulation and false imprisonment after he allegedly became violent and began choking his girlfriend. Read more at:



Fire Department Social Media Tips

Friday, June 6, 2014 


Chief Thomas A. Merrill of Synder Fire Department recently published an article about social media with Fire Engineering in their series “The Professional Volunteer Fire Department.”  This is a fantastic read for every member of your department from recruit/probie to Chief!



Cold water challenge - please do it safely!

Friday, June 6, 2014 


It’s been going viral on social media and charities are benefiting greatly because of it…the cold water challenge. Across the country, firefighters have been challenging each other to submerge themselves in a cold body of water and donate $10 to their favorite charity or choose not to and donate $100. The firefighter does all of this on a video, publishes it on social media, and then calls out five fellow firefighters to join in the challenge. Since the challenge started a short time ago, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has received over $85,000 in donations from plungers and non-plungers.  A fantastic way to strengthen the fire service bond, raise money for your favorite charity, and have fun. Unfortunately, what while making their cold water plunge fun and creative, some firefighters have had some poor judgment calls and actually put themselves in danger. Read about a few Washington Township firefighters who are possibly facing disciplinary actions following their ‘challenge’ at:


We here at CVVFA encourage all firefighters taking the challenge to do so safely, with complete thought as to the potential dangers, the equipment you use, get permission to use equipment/property that isn’t yours, and most importantly HOW you use it.




Rockwall 2nd grader saves little brothers life

Friday, June 6, 2014 


Here’s another example of how important it is to teach our young children safety around the home, including swimming. Rockwall Fire Department recognized Nebbie Williams Elementary School’s 8yo Emma Santoro for her bravery and courage to save her little 18mo brother’s life.  The second grader was home with her two brothers and their babysitter when the youngest wandered over and fell into the swimming pool while the babysitter had stepped inside the home. Little Emma directed her 6yo brother to go get the babysitter and call for help, and then jumped in the pool to save her youngest brother. We commend little Emma for her bravery, and her parents for teaching her how to swim. Read more at:



Firefighter to receive Idaho Medal of Honor

Friday, June 6, 2014 


Pocatello’s Fire Captain Ryan O’Hearn will be awarded Idaho’s Medal of Honor for his heroic efforts in saving a non-ambulatory man from a house fire in 2005. In his view, O’Hearn did what every fireman does, but for the family they were thankful to have had more time with their loved one because of this rescue.  Read more at:



Hadley 1st grader saves his Grandmother's life with 9-1-1 call

Friday, June 6, 2014 


You can learn a lot in first grade including life-saving skills, just ask Hadley Elementary first grader Nevan Costigan.  Seven year old Nevan was recognized by his school, the police department, and the Hadley Fire Department for his phone call to 9-1-1 that saved his grandmother’s life. Congratulations to young Nevan and his class for knowing how and when to call 9-1-1. Parents - teach your children young! Read more and watch the news video at:



Firefighters charged in possibe hate crime

Thursday, June 5, 2014 


Three Tinley Park firefighters are the center of a law suit filed by an African-American Muslim man who says because of his race/ethnicity that they purposely soaked him with the fire hose as he walked past their station.  Read more at:



Zephyrhills Fire Chief may lose his job after complaints

Thursday, June 5, 2014 


Zephyrhills city officials will soon decide the future of Fire Chief Verne Riggall now that their two month investigation is coming to a close.  The city manager has recommended he be terminated siting several safety issues including not having adequate manpower on rigs, insufficient amount of equipment, and his own personnel hours. Read more at:



Fire Chief resigns over a white helmet issue

Thursday, June 5, 2014 


A white leather fire helmet is the reason Montverde Fire Chief and Groveland Fire Department Lt. Noel James Fetters is facing grand theft charges.  Fetters used the Montverde credit card to purchase a white leather helmet (above & beyond the allowed helmet budget for the dept), and then used it while working with Groveland on the scenes of incidents. Social media pics and eye-witness accounts have shown his use of the unauthorized helmet.  Read more at:



Redondo Beach firefighter suing the city & others

Thursday, June 5, 2014 


Redondo Beach firefighter Andrew Yamamoto is suing the city, the former fire chief, and others stemming from a 2011 incident while he was off duty. Yamamoto was charged with multiple counts of criminal sexual battery following a groping incident at a party in 2011, was later acquitted, and then fired from Redondo Beach Fire Department. He is now suing for lost wages, claiming he was wrongfully terminated, discrimination, and mistreatment. Read more about the twist of this case at:



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