“I don’t understand why there is apparently no organizational push to get these guys and gals into nonmedical face coverings for routine trips into public spaces.”
On Tuesday, April 21, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners held two workshops: one to hear nonprofit funding requests and the other to facilitate discussion with the Buncombe County Fire Chiefs Association.
At 11:27 a.m., Asheville firefighters reported the morning fire at the old Isaac Dickson Elementary, 125 Hill St., has been contained.
Yesterday’s rain helped reduce the size of the raging fire in the Linville Gorge Wilderness area from 2,700 acres to about 2,275 acres, but the blaze continues to blanket a popular site for hiking, climbing and camping. Officials are now worried that an upcoming week of warm, dry weather could challenge containment efforts.
Thirty firefighters — including 10 from Asheville — are riding from Wilmington, N.C., to Asheville to raise money for fallen firefighters’ families. (Pictured: Firefighters on the road near Wilmington. Photo by Cal Barnard)
Almost a year has passed since the still-unsolved fire that claimed the life of Capt Jeff Bowen. Xpress spent a few hours with the men and women of the Asheville Fire Department as they work through their grief, anger and loss — and focus on the future.
I am writing in response to Norman Plombe's Aug. 31 Xpress letter "We Become Heroes by Saving." To quote Mr. Plombe, "Every time a firefighter dies while actually fighting a fire, conventional society jumps into lock step to deify him." Perhaps Mr. Plombe does not realize that firefighters place themselves in harm's way to help […]
I appreciate the citizen’s opinion that was published in a recent Mountain Xpress on the life of a firefighter [“We Become Heroes by Saving,” Aug. 31]. However, I believe that the citizen is a bit misinformed. One of the main arguments made was that people in other professions die every day and do not get […]
The recent firefighter fatality in Asheville has sparked a blaze of public sentiment for the profession. I don't seek to degrade firefighters, but I refuse to get caught up in the wave of arbitrary admiration by a portion of the public bent on somehow “owning” the mourning that really belongs to the family of the […]
The Asheville Fire Department began their three-day training exercises at UNCA on May 24. Exercises will focus on hazardous materials scenarios.