From the Editor - Summer 2012


CarolinaFireJournal - By Sherry Brooks
By Sherry Brooks Editor
08/01/2012 -
When we received Lee Wilson’s photo for the cover we immediately thought of brotherhood. If you ask 10 people what brotherhood means to them you’ll get 10 different answers. What does brotherhood mean to you? E-mail us at [email protected]. I will share your comments in our next issue with a possible photo and short bio.

Our staff enjoyed meeting everyone who visited our booth at the South Carolina Fire-Rescue Conference in Myrtle Beach in June. What a great job the S.C. Firefighters’ Association does with this conference! Bobby Richardson was the keynote speaker and we have included an overview of his address in this issue. Richardson, from South Carolina, is considered one of the best baseball players of all time. He spoke to the attendees about his faith and what he considers the definition of a man’s man. Read his list of definitions on page 60. Good stuff. Thank you Coach Richardson.
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Stanley Hart and his wife Tonja were winners of our pedal fire truck giveaway at the 2012 S.C. Fire-Rescue Conference at Myrtle Beach in June. Hart has been in the fire service for 16 years, the last five with the Piercetown Fire Dept. in Anderson, S.C. where he is 1st Lieutenant. He said this was his first time attending the convention and it was a special time for him — even more special when “I won this beautiful red fire truck.” Hart says the fire truck has been placed in his Fire Room and the grandkids are allowed to sit on it, but no driving. Congratulations to the Hart family. Visit our booth at the South Atlantic Fire Expo in Raleigh Aug. 8-11 to enter for your chance to win your own pedal fire truck.

We’re excited about a new feature — The Station Profile. This issue we are featuring Allen Fire Dept. and Fairview Volunteer Fire Dept. with photos and information to give you insight into the challenges, needs and accomplishments of these men and women. Contact us at [email protected] to discuss having your station profiled in a future issue.

Many departments have to make tough budget decisions this year. One of those decisions is whether to buy or refurbish apparatus. Dan Cimini’s article on page 69 gives you the information you need to make the best choice. If you are fortunate enough to be in the market for a new truck, Willie Wimmer’s article on page 72 has important steps to follow during the bid process. And as always, “Ask Ernie” doesn’t stumble as he answers everything you’ve always wanted to know about your truck.

The South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo will be held Aug. 8-11 in Raleigh, N.C. Special speakers will be Chief Scott Burnett and firefighter Jay Bettencourt from the Asheville Fire Dept. to discuss the July 28, 2011 fire that claimed the life of Capt. Jeff Bowen. “Make A Difference” is the theme of this year’s conference — you’ll find more on page 54. If you are attending, please visit us at booth 1206 and register to win our “world famous” pedal fire truck we’ll have on display. We look forward to seeing you there.

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