Charleston 9 documentary to be used for firefighter training nationwide

Charleston 9 documentary to be used for firefighter training nationwide
Updated: May. 23, 2013 at 8:42 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - [if gte mso 9]>

For the first time, firefighters from across the nation will hear firsthand, the lessons learned by the Charleston Fire Department.

Those lessons are part of a new documentary on the 9 firefighters who lost their lives fighting a fire 6 years ago at the Sofa Super Store in West Ashley.

The documentary, "Charleston 9: The Ultimate Sacrifice" showcases the journey of the Charleston Fire Department since the fatal fire on June 18th, 2007.

Fire Chief Karen Brack said, "For the American Fire Service it was such a significant event. I think that what the video shows, is it shows just how far a department is willing can go in correcting maybe some issues that it has had. Change is not easy in the American Fire Service and this shows you that change is possible."

Chief Brack, along with many firefighters shared their stories of change and what it took to make it all happen, such as coming up with new training programs.

The documentary also pays tribute to former chief Thomas Carr for his efforts in leading the department through the last 6 years of redevelopment. He was able to view the final screening of the film weeks before his death last month.

Brack said, "I have conversations almost daily where I see the impact that he had on the organization and some of the things that he put into place are coming to fruition and will for many years."

Chief Brack hopes firefighters across the nation will use the film as a learning tool in their own departments. She has already received many phone calls about the new film and says new programs here have done nothing but good.

"This all add to a bigger picture of better service for our customers and firefighter safety. Those are the commitments that we've made," said Brack.

The full 25 minute documentary can be found at the website for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

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