Deadly Philly Blaze, Ensuing Riots Highlight Misconceptions of Fire Service

The aftermath of a deadly fire in Philadelphia on July 5, 2014 that killed 4 young children. Photo courtesy ABC7.

The aftermath of a deadly fire in Philadelphia on July 5, 2014 that killed 4 young children. Photo courtesy ABC7.

Last week, a fiery blaze that ripped through ten buildings in Philadelphia claimed the lives of four young children. It also claimed national headlines after the parents of the children killed criticized the fire department and crowds of supporters gathered outside a firehouse to protest the department. Continue reading

7 Years Later- Remembering the Charleston 9

The Super Sofa Store fire that killed 9 Charleston (SC) Firefighters in June 2007. Photo courtesy Newswise.

The Super Sofa Store fire that killed 9 Charleston (SC) Firefighters in June 2007. Photo courtesy Newswise.

On June 18, 2007, at approximately 7:07 p.m., units from the Charleston, S.C. Fire Department were dispatched to a Super Sofa Store located at 1807 Savannah Highway in the West Ashley section of town for a fire in the rear of the building.

The store was a 42,000 square-foot showroom Continue reading

A Firefighter’s Mom

Photo courtesy EMSShirts.com.

Photo courtesy EMSShirts.com.

Today, just as our society has every second Sunday of May since 1908, we celebrate our mothers. And as I sit thinking about the holiday, and all of the things that makes mothers like mine great, I couldn’t help but think of the role a mother plays in the fire service. Continue reading

Walking the Social Media Tightrope

In the age of up-to-the-second news, thanks to an ever changing and improving technology field, social media has become a part of everyday life – for better or for worse. And the fire service has been by no means exempt from the social media spectrum.

But make no mistake—social media can present Continue reading

The Firefighters of Chernobyl

A firehouse close to the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant with a memorial for those killed in the disaster. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

A firehouse close to the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant with a memorial for those killed in the disaster. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Nuclear power is abundant across the world today, thanks in part to the US and former Soviet Union’s research and competitiveness during the Cold War.

But one April night in 1986 proved that this nuclear power had deadly consequences, and has left many Soviet firefighters in the same situation those who responded to Ground Zero face today. Continue reading

The forgotten tragedy.. And why it matters to you

A funeral service for those killed in the West, Texas disaster was held at Baylor university and was attended by President Barack Obama. (Photo via WhiteHouse.gov).

A funeral service for those killed in the West, Texas disaster was held at Baylor University and was attended by President Barack Obama. (Photo via WhiteHouse.gov).

Last April, the nation’s emergency services were thrust into the media spotlight through a series of events. From the heroic scenes of emergency personnel running towards the exploding bombs in Boston to the heartbreaking scenes of destruction in West Texas, these events reminded us that tragedy can strike at Continue reading