The Charleston 9 – A Study of Change Following Tragedy

Location: Salem, OR

The Mid-Willamette Fire Officer Development Institute hosts:

The Charleston 9 – A Study of Change Following Tragedy
Date:  April 17, 2019
Time:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location:  Salem Fire Training Division, 2742 25th St SE, Salem, OR 97302

Cost:  FREE


Presented by:  Dr David Griffin

On June 18, 2007, nine firefighters perished in a warehouse fire in Charleston, SC. What was initially dispatched as a trash fire escalated into one of the most scrutinized events in national fire service history. David Griffin had the unfortunate experience of being the engineer on the first due engine that day. As he operated on the fire ground, he witnessed things that he will never forget.

This seminar will present:
·        First-hand accounts of that day.
·        Never before seen video footage with radio traffic.
·        Initial resistance to the changes following the tragedy.
·        The heavy toll that this catastrophic event took on David’s life.
·        The incredible changes that he and the Charleston FD have made.
·        Scientific research regarding the change process following this event.
·        Details from the Best Selling Book: In Honor of The Charleston 9: A Study of Change Following Tragedy.

The Mid-Willamette Fire Officer Development Institute is a cooperative leadership program of the Mid-Willamette Fire Instructor’s Association, the Salem Fire Department, and is sponsored by the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST). 

For additional information, contact Capt Gregory Rains,


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