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Animal hoarder charged with death of 20 pets

   By Michael Williams/Today’s Sunbeam from http://www.nj.com/ SALEM — An alleged animal hoarder was indicted recently on animal cruelty charges in connection with an incident earlier this year when 20 of her pets burned to death while trapped in a horse trailer. Brenda S. Rhodes, 60, was indicted by a Salem County Grand Juryon third-degree […]

Situational Awareness in Hoarder Homes

 Here is a Guest article from SAMATTERS.COM Introduction from Dr. Gasaway: I want to take this opportunity to introduce the Situational Awareness Matters community of readers to an associate and good friend of mine, Firefighter-Paramedic Ryan Pennington with the Charleston (WV) Fire Department. Ryan has been conducting extensive research on the epidemic problem of emergencies […]

Does your Fire Department have a “Medal Day”

Does your department have a “Medal Day”?  FDNY did a great job with this video honoring the firefighters who went above and beyond.  Recognizing  people who do their job above and beyond usually don’t cost you a thing but the reward to them is immeasurable. Congrats to all the recipients of medals today in the FDNY. […]

Hoarder Survey Results

  Here are the results of the recent Hoarder fire survey sent out by the Chamber of Hoarders Staff.  Huge “thank you” to the USFA for sharing survey with the fire service community.  The response was overwhelming. 1.       Have you ever responded to a fire with Hoarder Conditions: Yes: 100%             No   0.00% 2.       How long did […]