Charleston Chief Reacts to Report

In addition to making specific recommendations, the task force prioritized the issues.CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Fire Chief Rusty Thomas said he and his men are ready to roll up their sleeves and get busy."Our priorities are safety, firefighter accountability...

Charleston Mayor Joe Riley said during the press conference: "I am committed to bringing the Charleston Fire Department to the highest possible national standards in the fire service. Importantly, the implementation of the Fire Review Team???s recommendations will be done with the Fire Department working together -- as it has in the past -- as a team. Our firefighters work hard and put forth an extraordinary effort for our citizens each and every day. Their dedication to providing exemplary service to the citizens of Charleston, as well as the Fire Department's efforts to implement the recommendations in the Phase I Report, will make the Charleston Fire Department a national model."

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