Six deaths in a North Carolina home underscore fire’s swiftness

By Fred Durso, Jr. “Nobody made it out,” said a shaken Joyce Miles after trying to save her neighbors from a quick-moving house fire. “In just a couple minutes, everything was gone.” Minutes is all it takes for today’s home fires to turn deadly. Case in point: the aforementioned fire that claimed the lives of six people, including two children, in Garland, North Carolina, last month, according to a story in The Fayetteville Observer. “It’s a tragedy. It’s pitiful. I wanted to help, but I couldn’t,” Miles told the paper. Research confirms that modern furnishings and building materials are contributing to faster fire propagation…

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Michael S. Williams

Michael S. Williams

Williams founded the Fire Services Training Institute in 1995 to find solutions to the challenges confronting the volunteer fire service. He has been an active member of California State Firefighters Association (CSFA) since 1994, having served on the volunteer and public relations committees, and as a southern division deputy director. He sits on several local organizations including the Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council, the Tri-Counties Training Officers Association, Santa Barbara Chapter of CAER and is a founding member of the Santa Barbara PIO group Emergency Public Information Communicators (EPIC). He has been the author of many articles and a columnist for a local newspaper on public safety matters. He is also the co-host of Community Alert on KZSB AM-1290 in Santa Barbara. Williams has been a member of the California State Board of Fire Services since 2008. Prior to becoming involved in the volunteer fire service, Williams was a California police officer for 12 ½ years and a POST certified Field Training Officer. He is a licensed private investigator and security consultant specializing in self-insured, government and insurance defense assignments.

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