Friday, September 5, 2008
Our Salisbury Brothers & Sisters
While Richie Denninger and I were in Mooresville at the Brad Baity Scholarship fundraiser last week, we visited the Salisbury, North Carolina Fire Department. This was our third trip there since they lost two firefighters of their own in March of this year in a tragic fire. We were asked to come visit them the first time back in May to share any information we had learned from our experiences here at home. Salisbury has 40 + personnel in four stations on three shifts. During our visits, we have been able to spend time in all four stations on all three shifts as well as meeting with the entire command staff. They are facing the same difficulties all of us have been experiencing here in Charleston. They have been criticized in the media, faced an OSHA investigation and have evaluated their department from A to Z. In spite of their own struggles, they have always expressed their concerns and best wishes for all of you. They are a great group of men and women and we have been honored to work with them and to represent all of you in our visits. We are looking forward to returning to see them soon. If any of you are in the area, it would be worthwhile for you and for them to stop and pay them a visit.