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

Boston tragedy reminds of mayday training importance

Two members of Boston's Engine 33 were killed in a fast-moving fire March 26. Photo courtesy Wikipedia Commons.

Two members of Boston’s Engine 33 were killed in a fast-moving fire March 26. Photo courtesy Wikipedia Commons.

*This article appeared in the April 2 edition of the Cape May County Herald.*

Last week, two Boston firefighters were killed after becoming trapped in the basement of a multi-story building on the city’s back bay.

The crew, not long after entering the structure, declared a mayday, and crews were unfortunately unable to rescue the firefighters before they died in the fire. Continue reading

Tragedy 55 Years Ago Shaped Schools Today

A Monument to those lost in the Our Lady of the Angels School Firein Chicago, IL. Photo courtesy of WikiCommons.

A Monument to those lost in the Our Lady of the Angels School Fire in Chicago, IL. Photo courtesy of WikiCommons.

*This article appeared in the December 18 edition of the Cape May County Herald.*

Earlier this month marked the 55th anniversary of one of the most tragic fires in American history. In December of 1958 the Our Lady of the Angels school fire in Chicago, Illinois claimed the lives of nearly 100 students and teachers and changed the fire service forever. Continue reading

“To Our Firefighters, Every Life is Valued” — Remembering the Worcester 6

This fire at the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse claimed the lives of 6 Worcester (MA) FD Firefighters on December 3, 1999. (Photo courtesy of myfirefighternation.com)

This fire at the Worcester Cold Storage Warehouse claimed the lives of 6 Worcester (MA) FD Firefighters on December 3, 1999. (Photo courtesy of myfirefighternation.com)

*This article appeared in the December 4 edition of the Cape May County Herald.*

A cool evening in Worcester, Mass. in December of 1999 didn’t seem to be anything out of the ordinary for a New England town at the beginning of the long Northeast winters. But when the town’s 9-1-1 emergency dispatch center received a report of smoke in the area of 266 Franklin St. shortly after 6 p.m., that calm winter night soon became one that won’t ever be forgotten. And just 20 hours after the sight of smoke, an entire nation would mourn the loss of six of America’s finest men. Continue reading

Tips for Winter Driving

Winter driving conidtions can be hazardous if you don't take a few extra precautions. Photo courtesy of flickr user Quinet.

Winter driving conidtions can be hazardous if you don’t take a few extra precautions. Photo courtesy of flickr user Quinet.

*This article appeared in the November 13 edition of the Cape May County Herald.*

Road hazards are something that exist year-round in Cape May County, but with the winter season approaching, a shift in the type of hazards have begun to occur. Hazards such as pedestrians and summer traffic have departed us, and black ice, snow, and cold rain have replaced them. Continue reading

Social Media & Hurricane Sandy- Looking Back

On October 29, 2012, hurricane Sandy made landfall on the New Jersey coast, eventually causing millions of dollars in damage and affecting thousands of people.

During the storm however, I was tasked with managing the first ever social media real-time updating that the Dennis Volunteer Fire Company undertook through their Facebook page. Here’s a look back at the posts, the collection of which remains amongst the page’s most viewed and shared posts. Continue reading