Charleston Tragedy

  • Charleston Chief, Officers Train in Maryland

    Chief Rusty Thomas and the department has come under sharp criticism since nine firefighters were killed battling a furniture store blaze in June.ROCKVILLE, MD-- Four firefighters are going through various training facets here for the next few days...

    Article • October 4th, 2007

  • OSHA Cites Fire Department in Fatal Charleston Blaze

    The fire department was cited with one willful violation for not providing efficient safety for its firefighters and three serious violations.Read Report The South Carolina Office of Occupational Safety and Health today released a report citing the...

    Article • September 20th, 2007

  • After the Ordeal, Firefighters Talk of Charleston Fire

    The memories of that fateful night, however, have not waned.CHARLESTON, S.C. -- "I was just as lost." That's how Engine 6's Engineer William "Billy Bob" Kilcoyne felt after he was grabbed by a frantic firefighter who was running out of air while...

    Article • September 14th, 2007

  • Charleston Command Staff to Train in Maryland

    Montgomery County's Command Development Center will host CFD command leadership providing access to MCFRS senior staff.Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service Public Information Officer Pete Piringer has been part of a group of outside investigators...

    Article • September 4th, 2007

  • Charleston Listens to Preliminary Panel Recommendations

    The panel is looking at the department's operations and guidelines.The Charleston Fire Department is poised to appoint a safety officer and an assistant to the chief following recommendations by a panel of fire service experts reviewing the policies and...

    Article • August 17th, 2007

  • Booster Lines, Bullies and Buffoons

    The other night I was out on the front porch puffing on my favorite brand of cigar and staring off into the distance pondering the movement of the earth around the sun. I was indulging myself with a moment or two of quiet time. As I counted the aircraft...

    Article • August 12th, 2007

  • Review Team to Look at Charleston Tragedy

    Six fire-rescue professionals from around the country to examine the city's fire department and its handling of a fatal fire in June.Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. has tapped six fire-rescue professionals from around the country to examine the...

    Article • August 10th, 2007

  • The Next Step: Charleston Facts Part 2

    Clearly, the fire in Charleston that took the lives of nine firefighters shook all members of the fire service in one way or the other. Most firefighters were shocked, saddened and upset. Why wouldn't we be? We have lost 9 "more" firefighters-in a...

    Article • August 2nd, 2007

  • Mental Health Task Force Established in Charleston

    The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is organizing a task force of professionals.CHARLESTON -- The firefighters' funerals are over. The national media has left town.But, things are far from back to normal for the Charleston Fire Department and...

    Article • June 28th, 2007

  • Fallen Charleston Firefighter Buried in Indiana

    Hundreds packed a high school gym for Firefighter Mark Kelsey's service. WASHINGTON, Ind. -- Mark Kelsey, 40, one of nine firefighters killed while battling a blaze in Charleston, SC, was laid to rest in...

    Article • June 27th, 2007

  • Do the Math: Sprinklers = Firefighter Safety

    Following the horrific loss of firefighters in South Carolina, we must focus our attention on reducing the likelihood of another such event.

    Article • June 26th, 2007

  • NIST Collects Info from Charleston Blaze

    Investigators from NIST are collecting data from the deadly fire scene in the event that an analysis is conducted.CHARLESTON -- Investigators from NIST are collecting data from the deadly fire scene in the event that an analysis is conducted.Researchers...

    Article • June 26th, 2007

  • Charleston's Officers also Reeling from Blaze

    "This has affected all of us. We're all public servants. We just wear different uniforms."CHARLESTON -- The devastating blaze last week that claimed the lives of nine firefighters here has taken a toll on the entire public safety community. "This...

    Article • June 25th, 2007

  • Charleston Firefighters Lived, Died Together

    Although they had conducted a pre-plan of the building in the past few months, nothing could have prepared them for what transpired.CHARLESTON -- Michael French and Brandon Thompson weren't just friends and fellow firefighters. They were tight, like...

    Article • June 25th, 2007

  • Deadly Charleston Blaze Started in Loading Dock Area

    While the on-scene probe has concluded, the investigation into the cause continues.CHARLESTON -- The blaze that claimed nine firefighters originated in the area of the loading dock. But, just how that fire started remains under investigation.The ATF...

    Article • June 23rd, 2007