T his upcoming week is recognized by the National Fire Protection Agency and the fire service as Fire Prevention Week. This year’s theme is “Don’t Wait-Check the Date.” What it means is that smoke alarms need to be replaced if they are ten years old or older. The message... Read more
Single-family and multi-family dwelling fires occur every day somewhere in our nation. Sadly, three firefighters have lost their lives in Delaware and New York City. The point of firefighters losing their lives indicates the danger of the job and the fact that something went catastrophically wrong. The question would... Read more
We have witnessed the worst of America over the last few days. Violence, rioting, and looting has been occurring in Charlotte, N.C. This has been an ongoing trend across our great nation. The question is, why? The trigger to every one of these incidents has involved police officers and... Read more
A s we watch the news from the New York and New Jersey bombings as well as the stabbings in Minnesota, I have just returned from Nairobi, Kenya. Traveling internationally causes you to see many of the changes that have occurred due to terrorism, whether in airports or shopping... Read more
As we prepare to leave for the beach tomorrow, I am thankful that Invest 99L has not materialized into more than a rainmaker at this point. We are now at the height of hurricane season. Tropical waves come off of the west coast of Africa and make their track... Read more
As summer comes to an end, many schools have already been in session for the last three weeks. Schools in this area will begin the 2016-2017 school year on Sept. 6. As students get ready to return to school, we, too, must prepare ourselves for their return. What do... Read more
In my years as a paramedic/firefighter, I responded to my fair share of heroin overdoses. The amount of the drug taken and the time of our arrival after the overdose had everything to do with a good outcome versus a bad one. Though it was a problem in my... Read more
In determining what caused a fire, firefighters and investigators cooperate to piece together the puzzle. Fires are investigated to determine whether the fire can be tied to an accidental cause or the fire was set. A fire is deemed suspicious when certain things are either present or absent; here... Read more
Most of the articles that I write are for the benefit of the readers, but every once in a while, I write to the men and women that put on a firefighter’s uniform and report to duty at their respective station. Firefighters are required to know a great deal... Read more
At about 6:30 a.m., Wednesday, Richmond fire units were called to a single-family dwelling fire. News reports state that firefighters found smoke coming from the roof and, I would throw in, smoke coming from the eaves. It appears that firefighters found fire in the attic. Reports also stated that... Read more