This issue marks our 32nd year as the Carolinas’ first responder trade journal. Four issues a year since 1985.
R.B. Knight, our publisher, has always had passion for the fire and law enforcement industry and most likely it has a lot to do with the fact that his grandfather was a police officer that was was killed in the line of duty. After a few issues came out, most of you know Dick Hastings who owned Triad Fire, now Atlantic Emergency Solutions, approached Mr. Knight and commended him on the fire market having a local trade journal that would help the fire equipment and truck companies stay in front of our fire and rescue departments on a consistent basis and locally distributed. He still talks about Dick and how it gave him added inspiration. Thanks Dick because the small staff with the journal love what we do and whom we do it for and you gave us a great deal of direction. Dick will always be a very special part of what we do and the same is true for the great people that worked for him that are still in the industry that we know personally.
Over my 22-year tenure, I have seen amazing changes, especially product improvements in both apparatus and equipment. Our departments have the best options out there now more than ever to enhance their job and initially protect them while performing in some of the most tragic and dangerous situations. Within the pages of the Journal you will see companies that our team has studied their website and product and discussed with the company beforehand to make sure that they would be a viable resource for our departments and would service them as they deserve. Point Blank Enterprises is one that comes to mind while researching the best companies that can outfit our departments with body armor during an active shooter event. We found that they have an excellent reputation in this industry and provide top-notch protective gear.
We want to welcome C.J. Jenkins to our advertising staff. She comes with an enormous amount of commitment to our industry and is eager to help take CFREJ to the next level. In the coming months you can expect to see us move stronger into the digital and social media world.
Special thanks to Joe Palmer, S.C. Firefighters Executive Director and Alan Sims, S.C. Fire Chiefs Association Executive Director for putting on once again an excellent conference in Myrtle Beach this past June. We are all headed next year to Columbia, S.C. and I really want to encourage everyone to support the conference and I expect it to be great. Change is good even though as humans we are reluctant to embrace. Let’s show them that wherever you go, we are with you. www.scffa.org or Sims, S.C. Fire Chiefs Association Executive Director for putting on once again an excellent conference in Myrtle Beach this past June. We are all headed next year to Columbia, S.C. and I really want to encourage everyone to support the conference and I expect it to be great. Change is good even though as humans we are reluctant to embrace. Let’s show them that wherever you go, we are with you. www.scffa.org or www.scfca.org. The 2017 S.C. Fire Rescue Conference was extremely special for me this year because my nephew, Taylor Shuford was there with a booth representing Morris Business Solutions-Xerox- Government Accounts Division. Taylor has many friends that are firefighters and to look at him, you might think he is one of the guys, but to know him reveals even more. He is family, but I have never met such a fine person. His heart is real and his passion spills over into everything he does.
All year we have long awaited the coming of South Atlantic Fire Expo and Fire Rescue International in Charlotte and here it is.
Thank you for allowing us to serve you these last three decades and as a good friend reminded me recently, “What would we do without you?”
Stay Safe and Keep Training