Christopher Naum over at CommandSafety has posted a very thorough overview of the recently released NIST report regarding the Charleston Sofa Fire. In the report, the NIST makes several recommendations for the national fire service.
Christopher Naum has done an excellent job of posting all of the pertinent information and details surrounding the report. Each of the recommendations above are outlined in further detail with more actionable items for fire service leaders to undertake. I encourage you to visit the site here and learn what it takes to keep this from ever happening again. While I won’t go into any further detail on the majority of the recommendations, I’ve paid particular interest to the recommendation for fire service performance metrics. I think this goes hand in hand to some of the controversies plaguing large departments and their elected officials. I’ll pull together some of the research and post it here shortly. In the meantime, check out Command Safety and learn from the past.