Yesterday evening I received a text message with several photos attached. The photos, according to the sender, are those of another child beat up at Semmes Middle School – not bullied… beat up. I have yet to confirm the origin of the photos and have not yet talked with the parents so the photos will not be published until permission is given.
SEMMES MAYOR-ELECT DAVID BAKER
ANNOUNCES HIS PUBLIC SAFETY PLAN
After consulting with firemen, concerned citizens, and attorneys, Mayor-Elect David Baker today announced his plans and proposals for a much-improved Fire and Rescue Service to serve all of the residents now being served, but with faster response times, a more stable workforce, and newer equipment. The long-serving, much-appreciated, Semmes Volunteer Fire Department of the past exists today in name only.
Hazards to firefighters on the fireground have changed in the past 30 years as households contain more furnishings made of plastics and synthetic materials. These not only increase the speed of the fire but also create much more dangerous smoke and gases, exposing firefighters to even more related health issues. The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is hosting a webinar focusing on the Illinois Fire Safety Institute’s (ISFS) recent research on cardiovascular and chemical exposure risk. It will give an overview of recent studies conducted at IFSI Research, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, and Underwriters Laboratories and focus on some leading health risks on today’s fireground and training ground. This webinar will describe studies and initial results, such as the “Interim Report: Cardiovascular and Chemical Exposure Risks in Modern Firefighting” (PDF, 6.69 Mb).
“A HUMBLING EXPERIENCE”
Another Letter to The Editor
“In Grateful Appreciation to “Rat” and Elaine Dearmon for Their Many Years of Selfless Service with the Semmes Volunteer Fire Department Serving and Protecting the Citizens of Semmes”
It can be a humbling experience witnessing ordinary citizens banding together for their community to set right an injustice….and humbling it was last night in Semmes as I looked around at the faces of the men gathered outside of the Semmes Volunteer Fire Station No. 1 on Wulff road. It was very clear from the mood among these gentlemen that they were determined to liberate these stations last night not only to safe guard the citizens of Semmes but, to honor the memory of a family and a man that they had looked up to in this community when they were just young boys. I had been asked to be there by Mr. Mickey Dearmon in order to provide photographic documentation of the conditions of the stations and any equipment that was found inside. Called into service again by their ex-chief, Mickey Dearmon, these men rallied to his side after Mr. Dearmon worked tirelessly to obtain court documents granting him as acting SVFD Fire Chief, the power to seize both Fire Station No. 1 and Fire Station No.