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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Fire chiefs: Break the law, lose your career    view comments tweat me share on facebook
It seems painfully obvious that involvement or even the perception of involvement in illegal activity would spell the end for a fire chief's career. One could speculate that any member of the fire department might not fair well if they had a verified run-in with the law beyond a minor misdemeanor traffic ticket. However, that obviousness is lost on many fire service leaders as is evidence by the string of news stories detailing the serious crimes and horrible lapses in judgment by fire chiefs and fire officers. The reoccurring theme is the four deadly sins that permeate much of our society. Those sins have a great negative effect on our business as well. These activities include: greed (money or goods obtained illegally), substance abuse and addiction (to drugs, alcohol and gambling), sexual misconduct and abuse, and assaults of all types. To be forewarned is to be forearmed and to be able to avoid these self-destructive behaviors. Maybe having an open, honest and frank discussion about this difficult topic can save some jobs and the reputation of some fire departments.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Fire guts home near Harwood   view comments tweat me share on facebook
PHOTO: A home near Harwood is a total loss after flames and smoke destroyed the foundation. Emergency teams were called to 64th Avenue North, just a couple miles south of Harwood on Monday afternoon. When firefighters arrived at the home, they said the main floor was already destroyed. Investigators say it appears the fire had spread across the house, all the way from the basement to the attic. West Fargo tankers, and other assisting fire departments, had to be called in to provide water because Harwood Fire ran out. No word yet to what caused the fire, but officials say no one was home at the time.
KVLY-TV Fargo - Valley News Live

Follow Up: 9 escape early morning Grand Forks duplex fire, cause and damage estimates remain unknown   view comments tweat me share on facebook
PHOTO: An early morning Monday fire displaced nine people, eight of them UND students, and heavily damaged a duplex in a northwest Grand Forks neighborhood. Grand Forks firefighters arrived at 314 N. 51st St. at about 2:20 a.m. Monday to find a fire raging in the garage in front of the duplex. Everyone inside made it safely out of the building, among them Gregory Zebro, a UND student who said he awoke to his housemate and brother, Mitchell Zebro, yelling at him to get up and clear out. All of a sudden, Gregory Zebro said that windows were breaking and showering glass onto the floors, and smoke was filling the house. “I grabbed my phone, my wallet and a blanket,” he said, and bolted out of the house. Zebro said he lost everything else, including his laptop, which firefighters later told him was nothing but a “pool of plastic” by the time the fire was put out. Fire crews were still on the scene extinguishing the fire at about 8 a.m. The fire’s cause is still unknown as are damage estimates.
Grand Forks Herald

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