If you’re coming to the Congressional Fire Service Institute (CFSI) 25th Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner and Seminars in Washington, make sure to see the National Fallen Firefighters Fondation (NFFF) documentary, “Charleston 9: The Ultimate Sacrifice.” There will be a special viewing on Thursday at 2:00 PM. The half-hour video looks at the recovery of the Charleston (SC) Fire Department since the 2007 Sofa Super Store fire that killed nine firefighters.
The video focuses on the dramatic operational changes under the leadership of Chief Tom Carr, along with the great strides the department has made in the area of behavioral health. You will learn about the challenges Charleston firefighters faced after such a devastating loss and Chief Carr’s own challenges in dealing with the disease that ultimately took his life just three-weeks-ago at age 59.
Join the NFFF and CFSI at 2:00 PM on Thursday in Columbia Hall 8 of the Hilton Washington to pay tribute to the Charleston 9 and Chief Carr. The video will soon be available on FireHeroTV, NFFF’s YouTube Channel.
Please stay around in the same room immediately following the video for the CFSI/NFFF Town Hall Meeting: 10+16=73. It’s 10 years after the landmark Firefighter Life Safety Summit and the 16 Life Safety Initiatives and there were 73 line-of-duty-deaths last year, the lowest number on record. Be part of an open discussion with Hope Janke from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, NFFF’s Executive Director Ron Siarnicki and moderator Vickie Pritchett with the Common Voices Coalition, to discuss the future of the Life Safety Initiatives and how to reduce the number of firefighter deaths even further.