Pete Lamb, a blogger who generally focuses on firefighter training, visited Charleston over the weekend and stopped by the Sofa Super Store site where Charleston lost nine firefighters.
In my visit to the area I was able to meet with some area firefighters. It is hard to describe their collective feeling.
There are some folks who believe it was a catastrophic incident that would have occurred no matter what.
There are folks that feel that the leadership of the fire department is to blame.
There are those that feel that the political leadership of the city is to blame for the failings of the fire that evening.
And there are those that feel some combination of any or all of the above.
I hope some good will come out of this some how some way. Some piece of knowledge that the national fire service can learn from. Every department should look at all of the information being presented from Charleston, and review it within your own department, and make any changes that you can make to minimize the possibility of this tragedy ever occurring in your department.