Need a pen?

Need a pen or pencil?  How about a coloring book, a fire badge sticker, or a hat to keep your head dry from the rain this weekend? I guess it’s a good thing Fullerton is swimming in surplus cash.  Oh, wait… Nearly $1,700 for this stuff despite it being known all year long that we’re […]

Lemmon Head

Wouldn’t it be nice if every City employee consistently set the bar for professionalism? Michael Lemmon, of the Fullerton Fire Department, thought it was perfectly okay to purchase these inappropriate mugs using taxpayer money on his City-issued VISA card. A couple months later, Michael Lemmon decided the Fire Department needed more coffee mugs, so he […]

Pay The Lady: Nepotism At Its Worst

Today’s ethical lapse comes to us courtesy of the Fullerton Fire Department.  See those shirts pictured above?  Fire Captain Brian Seymour ordered nine of them for some kind of “Peer Support”. Once the use tax is factored in, we paid about $40 per shirt. Check out the reconciliation report.  One can clearly see the purchaser […]

Bad Neighbor!

Would you give neighbors access to your bank account? No? That would probably come as a shock to some at City Hall where (at least) three City of Brea employees have been issued VISA procurement cards belonging to the City of Fullerton. Fullerton and Brea have a shared Fire Department command staff.  The Fire Chief, […]

Blowing up the Fire Department

Casual readers of this blog may want to pay closer attention than usual.   This coming Tuesday, January 24, the Fullerton City Council will entertain a study session to review the merits of folding the Brea and Fullerton Fire Departments into one. If approved, the Fullerton Fire Department, and it’s 108-year history as we know it, […]

Fortunately, An Adult in the Room

This is a story about selfishness, small-time greed and entitlement. No, it’s not about my 3-year old nephew. It’s about members of the Fullerton Fire Department and their Chief, Wolfgang “Wolf” Knabe and the culture of permissiveness overseen by our former City Manager Joe “Fast and Loose” Felz. Back in September a couple of off-duty […]

Fullerton Fire Hero Goes Viral

Our famous firefighter video has become some sort of Internet sensation, bringing in tens of thousands of viewers and building some serious buzz. Oddly enough, the clip seems to be extra popular on computers within the halls of public agencies throughout the nation. But just in case you missed it, here it is again: And […]

Volunteer Firefighters Account for 1/3 of OC Fire Authority’s First Responders – Fullerton ZERO

The front page of the September 9, 2010 Orange County Register brings to light how a good idea is implemented poorly. The article discusses a report from an un-named source that shares data on response times from reserve firefighting and medical units in Orange County. According to the article, there are 495 reserve positions with only […]