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    Firefighter on hot seat after posing for photo

    Winnipeg Free Press December 9, 2009

    WINNIPEG — A Winnipeg firefighter caught posing for a controversial cellphone picture in front of a burning house last week says he asked the picture be taken for his son.

    The incident was captured by a Winnipeg Free Press photographer as a blaze burned on the city's Redwood Avenue.

    One firefighter posed for a cellphone picture shot by the other while they waited for aerial equipment to be set up.

    "The reason I wanted the photo was I wanted a picture that I could give my six-year-old son," wrote the firefighter in a letter to the newspaper. He said he didn't want his name published because of possible retribution to his family. "The reason for this is personal, and I don't want it to be an excuse for my poor judgment."

    The firefighter called the photo op an "innocent" mistake.

    "There were no life-safety issues at hand and we were without a task," he wrote.

    © Copyright (c) Winnipeg Free Press

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    This photo of a Winnipeg firefighter posing for a cellphone photo in front of a working fire last week has sparked an investigation.Photograph by: Boris Minkevich, Winnipeg Free Press
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    [QUOTE"There were no life-safety issues at hand and we were without a task," he wrote.
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    I ask this question as a newbie, student volunteer. Is that a true statement? I am the kind of man who is always looking for what needs to be done. In this case, is there really nothing that needs to be done or was it that this particular crew was on stand-by waiting for the ladder?

    Not critisising, just curious.

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    Life safety issues or not, you simply do not stop and have your picture taken in front of a working fire while the fire is still burning.

    Absolute knucklehead.

    I hope he get s a nice long suspension because this makes the whole department look very, very bad.

    P.S .. The possibility of a stunt like this happening is part of the reason we are banned from taking cell phone pictures on scene.

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    It's a crappy picture.
    Logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead.

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    Did the guy in the red helmet drive there on a motorcycle?

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    Definately a bad decision.

    We try to take pictures for our website, but I am always too busy, especially in the initial stages of the incident. The statement that they were without a task at the moment seems ridiculous. We very rarely have so many people ititially at a working fire that anybody is without a task. We would have had these guys stretch a 2nd line, or help set up water supply while "waiting" on the truck.

    I've never been able to understand how people have time to get pictures during the intitial stages, unless they have a civilian take pictures for them.

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    They're not having much luck staying out of the media lately especially for negative things. I think it was a bad decision on their part but I also think some people are making too big of a deal about it.

    At least it wasn't another romp in the shed incident like they had a couple months back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MalahatTwo7 View Post
    One firefighter posed for a cellphone picture shot by the other while they waited for aerial equipment to be set up.
    They were waiting for an aerial to be set up for the fire in the photo?


    If there's more than the picture shows, and it was really an aerial-worthy fire, WTF were they doing taking pictures instead of, I don't know, getting to work?

    Glad to see there are dumbazzes in Canada too, I guess.

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    I see no car in the driveway or garbage cans on the curb so that tells me no one is inside so what's the beef??





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    Quote Originally Posted by Eng34FF View Post
    I've never been able to understand how people have time to get pictures during the intitial stages, unless they have a civilian take pictures for them.
    I agree. We always had a camera onboard the Engine, but no one ever rememebered to grab it until AFTER the event was over. Then its kinda pointless. Never did understand where the "Action-Jackson" photos ever came from unless like Eng34 says, an independant took them.

    We never did. Except while on training exercises of course.
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    When I used to ride the truck we would have more pictures. Usually as we were pulling up to the scene though.

    Was something for one of the Explorers/Juniors to take care as well. They would stand near an engine and take some pictures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MalahatTwo7 View Post
    I agree. We always had a camera onboard the Engine, but no one ever rememebered to grab it until AFTER the event was over. Then its kinda pointless. Never did understand where the "Action-Jackson" photos ever came from unless like Eng34 says, an independant took them.

    We never did. Except while on training exercises of course.
    We had a camera in every unit. This was before the advent of digital. Usually had very good photos of the A pillar, somebodies thumb, raindrops on the lens. That was if someone actually put film in.

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