Bikini Models Posing At Firehouse Help Bring Down Deputy Chief

Deputy Fire Chief Timothy J. Moran didn't have any plans to retire soon, despite serving 20 years with the Holyoke Fire Department in Massachusetts.

But the veteran firefighter resigned abruptly this week, after it was reported that he improperly authorized models scantily clad in swimsuits to pose for photographs with fire trucks and other equipment on city property, The Republican reports.

The newspaper says that it's unclear how the models wound up at fire department headquarters last month, noting that a report that the models were posting for a sport-fitness publication couldn't be confirmed.

Moran had been serving a five-day suspension without pay, after city Fire Chief John Pond learned of the photo shoot, the Republican quotes Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse as saying.

"[The incident] showed poor judgment on behalf of Deputy Chief Moran," Morse told the newspaper Thursday, adding that he stood behind the suspension decision. "I wish Mr. Moran the best of luck in his retirement and thank him for his many years of service."

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For his part, Timothy Moran declined to discuss the matter with the media, telling a reporter who knocked on the door of his home, "Get away from me and stay away from me."

Payroll records show Moran earned $90,324 last year.

Before his decision to retire, Moran sought to appeal the suspension to city's fire commission, which was already investigating Moran for an incident a year earlier that resulted in criminal charges brought against his brother and former acting chief, William Moran, the mayor said.

In June 2011, the Moran brothers were eating lunch at a local restaurant when William Moran saw firefighters enter a deli next door. William Moran allegedly called in a fake report to a dispatcher, saying that a firetruck was urgently needed at a nearby mall.

The call required the firefighters to scramble to the scene, officials said, resulting in a multiple-car accident after a driver of one of the cars failed to yield to the responding firetruck. The car's driver was taken to the hospital.

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Last fall, a judge ruled that William Moran would face criminal charges for allegedly sending the truck on a false call and putting the public in danger.

In April, William Moran, who by then had retired, admitted that evidence was sufficient to find him guilty of making the false call, and he agreed to pay $500 in restitution.

Attorney Jorge L. Neves, who represented Timothy Moran in the incident, said last year that his client had instructed two of the responding firefighters to disregard the call William Moran had made.

But the two firefighters got into the firetruck anyway, thinking they were going to another call.

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The photo shoot isn't that big of deal. I'm sure there is plenty of cash strapped cities that would be happy for bikini models to pose in city equiptment for a resonable donation. But calling in a false alarm that's reson for a 30 day stay at the Graybar motel.

July 09 2012 at 5:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is for all the idiots complaining about his $94K salary, you risk your life at every fire they respond to, and see if you want to get paid less money. They earn every penny they make and then some.

July 09 2012 at 3:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The false alarm was reason for dismissal, but taking photos of normal hetrosexual girls in swimsuits in front of the fire station is harmless. In light of the fact that Massachusetts supports same sex marriage, transgender people, strippers and all other perversions, but they condemn taking photos of normal girls dressed in swimsuits? Unbelievable ! It must have been offensive to Barney Frank Frank and his new blushing bride.

July 09 2012 at 3:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Just astounding what the taxpayer has to put up with. $94K per year plus benefits and the judgement of a 16 year old. Just another example of a lack of accountability in govt. up until his belated dismissal.

July 09 2012 at 3:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Though the models in bikinis shows very poor judgement I do not think it should have cost him his job. That should have been lost a year earlier when he placed the false alarm as a practical joke!!!!

July 09 2012 at 1:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Embarrassed in Fl

As a former Fire Chief I find this whole issue totally unprofessional and additionally the calling in of the false alarm puts both the Firefighters and the motoring public in jeopardy. Every year there are Firefighter deaths directly attributable to emergency responses and surely the Chief is aware of that. The other issue of having women in bikinis posing on the apparatus is certainly an issue of bad judgement. I do remember during Fire Prevention week back in the 60's there was a contest for Miss Fire Prevention and photos were taken on the apparatus, but the young ladies wore dresses, and the process had been approved by the City Manager.

July 09 2012 at 12:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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July 09 2012 at 2:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How embarrassed were you of the Florida fire fighter shot while on a trip to Maine attempting to collect drug money? It is surmised that drug use within Florida fire departments could be common. Clean up your own departments before you jump on Massachusetts fire fighters.

July 09 2012 at 3:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The power of the "P". It has toppled many a men and empires.

July 08 2012 at 11:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sherri M

I have a bit of a problem with the Moran brothers being in the Acting Chief and the Deputy Chief at one point in time. I have a problem with an Acting Chief calling in a false alarm. The bikini photo is mild in comparison. Not saying I think it's a grand idea, but the false alarm is a big deal. And every act like that only serves to erode public trust. Not only for the integrity of FD, but the obvious disregard for taxpayer funds that pay for every run the truck makes.

Being a first responder puts you in a place that most folk will never be, and as such does carry stressors that can lead to poor decisions and over the top behavior off the line. Not saying I agree with that either, just saying that a few decades of experience working in the world of first responders taught me that.

July 08 2012 at 8:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Definately poor judgement and well, just plain stupid. The false call resulting in an accident with injury was certainly worse than the Bikini models posing with the fire trucks.

But, the bikini's were apparently the straw that broke the camel's back so to speak. Not sure how he will replace the income from a $ 91,000.00 dollar a year job....

July 08 2012 at 6:17 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to chainsawd2's comment

He retired and with his in service time is probably gets 60-70K benefits, plus he will apply at another smaller department.

July 09 2012 at 12:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What a job as our two firehouses in my former fair city both were party houses 24/7..women.. booze.. and good times.. ,went on for years before it was finally toned down somewhat nd all the firefighters were divorced and remarried severa times...but what a job that firefighting job was...get paid to party..

July 08 2012 at 5:50 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

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