08/22/11 311 W - + 3 - 3 News From Asheville

Yesterday, Statter911 posted a nice story about a memorial motorcycle ride in Asheville on Saturday, part of one of many ongoing fundraisers to benefit the family of Capt. Jeff Bowen. He was killed on July 28, at a intentionally set fire at a medical office building. As Dave notes, the AFD IAFF Local 865 has posted a list of both upcoming and prior fundraisers on their web site. The community and the brotherhood has really come together for the Bowen family. Additionally, a special fund has been established for the education of Capt. Bowen's children, and to assist the other firefighters injured in the July 28 incident. See this page for more information.

Also on Saturday, the Asheville Citizen-Times posted a story with new details about the fatal fire, notably about the nearly 38 minute delay before water was applied. The problem is cited as "due largely to a faulty standpipe." The article's sources include public records, the fire's incident report,  fireground audio records released through an open records request (which is different than the unofficial audio released on YouTube), and an interview with Fire Chief Scott Burnette. Dave also recaps the article in this posting. (Most of the content of this posting is swiped from his posting, truth be told!)

And the first comment has been posted, a passionate and critical response to the news of the news report. Will the thing start a shouting match? Be met with silence? Gets me thinking about talking. How much time should pass, before blog-based critical comments (and even commentary) should start? What's a respectful period of silence? Maybe (certainly?) it's a sliding scale, based on severity and even geography. It's a question you'll also see debated in the dusty streets of the Wild West, e.g. the Firehouse forums. Of course, they take no prisoners over there. Discuss as desired.

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