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Georgia Firefighters Visit “Angel of Mercy” A former city clerk in Lighthouse Point, FL, who saved all her life so she could retire and travel the country, is now giving that money away. Not to just anyone, mind you, but to volunteer fire...

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Nugent served a decorated 38-year career with Chesterfield Fire and EMS, which began in 1975 when he joined the department as a 16-year-old volunteer firefighter. Nugent was hired as a firefighter in 1978, and worked his way through the organization for the past 35 years, rising to the rank of Battalion Chief, a position he held for 14 years.


Tribal Fire Department Chief Appointed to State Board of Fire Services

California Governor Jerry Brown has appointed San Manuel Fire Chief Michael J. Smith to the California State Board of Fire Services, a body that addresses fire protection and prevention issues on a statewide level.

This appointment is the product of the emergent role that California Tribal Governments have come to play in the broader emergency service response network across the state. Smith, a resident of the City of Highland, has been a fire service professional with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians since 2000 and was instrumental in working with Tribal leadership to establish the San Manuel Fire Department in 2003.

“In our view, this appointment is further confirmation that San Manuel and Tribal Governments statewide have become critical partners in preparing for and responding to emergencies,” said San Manuel Tribal Chairperson Carla Rodriguez. “Chief Smith represents someone who has forged strong reciprocal relationships with other jurisdictions enabling San Manuel to be part of a unified response when life and property are threatened.”

This new role is being commemorated and celebrated as a shared milestone for San Manuel Chief Smith, San Manuel Fire, and the San Manuel Tribal Community. Moreover, San Manuel Fire has made it a priority to reach out to Tribal fire departments to cooperatively evaluate strategies and tactics employed in emergency services response on Tribal lands that are prone to wildfire and have been historically underserved.



This Month in Fire History


September 1, 1923, Tokyo and Yokohama, Japan

Earthquake conflagration kills 142,807


September 3, 1991, Hamlet, NC

Chicken processing plant fire kills 25


September 7, 1926, Drumcollogher, Ireland

Movie theater fire kills 50


September 8, 1934

SS Morro Castle fire kills 135 off New Jersey coast


September 11, 2001, New York, NY

World Trade Center attacks kill 2,666


September 13, 1970, Los Angeles, CA

Ponet Square Hotel fire kills 19


September 17, 1872

First sprinkler system patented by P.W. Pratt


September 20, 1929, Detroit, MI

Study Club fire kills 22


September 25, 2003, Nashville, TN

Nursing home fire kills 14


September 26, 1936, Bandon, OR

Conflagration destroys 386 buildings and kills 13


Courtesy of NFPA

For details on fires that occurred 100 years ago this month, turn to Paul Hashagen’s “Rekindles” on page 112.