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Memories of Past Scourges…and, How They Impacted the Fire Service

Over the past several days, I have had the opportunity to listen to non-stop reporting, press conferences, endless analysts and pundits discussing the issues facing not only our country but the world as we are in the throes of our most recent pandemic known as…

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South Carolina’s First Recorded LODD

In an article researched and written in the last couple of weeks by Susan Duncan, Office Manager at S. C. State Fire, is an account of the City of Columbia’s first “Line of Duty Death” which occurred on December 14, 1868. A very young 21…

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December…A Deadly Month In Fire History

We are now well into the winter months, and for all of us it’s important to be reminded that fire safety should be a central focus as we go about our busy lives.  Whether it’s at work, on shopping outings, taking in concerts/movies/church services, or…

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SCSFA Past President & Clarendon County Fire Chief Retires

Long-time Clarendon County Fire Chief, Frances A. Richbourg, officially begins her retirement today from her 40 + years in the fire service. Chief Richbourg began her career as a volunteer firefighter in the late seventies when that department was in its infancy. She was attracted…

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The Lancaster Jail Fire of 1979

By Carter Jones Special Projects Coordinator Nearly 40 years ago on December 27th the City of Lancaster, South Carolina experienced the tragic loss of eleven inmates who died in a rapidly spreading fire in its county jail.  According to James R. Bell, a member of…

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State Association Donates to National Fire Heritage Center

Carter Jones, Special Projects Coordinator, attended the Annual Board Meeting of the National Fire Heritage Center on October 9, in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  Jones presented several items to the Heritage Center on behalf of the S. C. State Firefighters’ Association.        (Pictured left to…

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Contributions of African-Americans To South Carolina’s Fire Service

For the last several years, this writer has done a lot of reading about the history of South Carolina’s fire service, and I have tried to capture its relevance by putting to pen those stories from our past. While doing research for all of these…

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Solving the “Mystery” of Two Associations

By: Carter Jones Special Projects Coordinator Soon after being employed by the Firefighters’ Association in 2014, this writer discovered at the State Archives a Petition of Incorporation for “The S. C. Volunteer Firemen’s Association”, dated June 6, 1898. It is petitioned by eleven (11) individuals,…

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Old Joe of Newberry

Probably one of the most famous fire horses in our state’s history was Old Joe of Newberry. In 1902, a freight train with livestock rolled into the town of Newberry, and in the car was a large Kentucky bay gelding standing “16 hands high and…

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The Life of W. Herbert Tanner…72 Years of “Active” Service

By: Carter Jones Special Projects Coordinator January 16, 2017 Each day I am challenged and inspired by the stories of people from our past and even the present whose lives reveal uncommon sacrifice, commitment to service, bravery, and the silent spirit of servant leadership. In…

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