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Bobby Halton's Blog – November 2008 Archive (6)

This is a week to recall and reflect on two historic fires; Friday marked the 66th anniversary of Bostons Coconut Grove nightclub fire. The Boston Fire Department responded 5 alarms to Box 1521 that …



This is a week to recall and reflect on two historic fires; Friday marked the 66th anniversary of Bostons Coconut Grove nightclub fire. The Boston Fire Department responded 5 alarms to Box 1521 that night where 492 lives were lost and 166 injured. Many of the doors to nightclub were bricked up or bolted shut and the entrance was a revolving door.The night… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on November 30, 2008 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Nominations Requested for The 2009 Ray Downey Courage and Valor Medal and $35,000 Cash Award

Fellow brothers and sisters because the Ray Downey Courage and Valor award is so special to the Fire Engineering family and to all of the FDIC faithful, I felt it important to make a a special request of all of the members of the fire engineering training community to consider nominating a worthy candidate. Please watch the video by Ray Downey's sons Battalion Chiefs Chuck and Joe, and then go to the link for the Courage and Valor award nomination form and nominate someone from your… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on November 26, 2008 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Visitation for Senior Firefighter Walter Harris

The staff of Fire Engineering is deeply saddened by the loss of Detroit’s Walter P. Harris Senior Firefighter Engine 23, 6th Battalion. Walter was killed in the line of duty while serving his community. Walter is remembered as a loving gentleman and an outstanding firefighter. Our deepest sympathies to the Harris family, the members of the Detroit Fire Department and all of Walter’s many friends. Fire Engineering thanks Dennis Walus for providing us with Walter's information.…

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Added by Bobby Halton on November 17, 2008 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Bill Corbin Receives 2008 Henry S. Parmelee Award

I would like to recognize Bill Corbin's outstanding achievement in receiving the 2008 Henry S. Parmelee Award from the American Fire Sprinkler Association. Firefighters everywhere were excited during the recent ICC code hearings and our success in getting residential sprinklers past. But we know that the fight is far from over and men like Bill Corbin will help us to maintain this outstanding advancement in fire protection. We would also like to recognize our good friends at the American Fire… Continue

Added by Bobby Halton on November 11, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Congratulations to Deputy Chief "Butchie" Cobb



Jersey City Deputy Fire Chief Robert W. Cobb Joins ISO as RDS Director of Community Hazard Mitigation…

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Added by Bobby Halton on November 10, 2008 at 12:30pm — No Comments

A National Tragedy

Every now and then it's absolutely appropriate to use this space as a bully pulpit. And today I fully intend to do that. This Thursday the American Fire Service suffered an incredible tragedy. It is such a significant tragedy because it is a values-based tragedy. St. Louis firefighter Leonard Riggins 52 years old, was shot and killed while trying to do what he had spent his entire adult life doing, helping others. Firefighter Riggins stopped to lend aid to a motorist…

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Added by Bobby Halton on November 8, 2008 at 2:38pm — 1 Comment

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