Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
You could call it Red Hot Research.
"We want to learn how to better serve the citizens and keep our firefighters safer," said Fire Marshal Shane Ray.
Ray is hosting his comrades from across the country.
With the help of specialized heat-sensitive cameras and a few pieces of old furniture, they're looking at how fire travels through a home and the fastest ways to put it out.
"This is more research than it is training," said Ray. "But we're going to take what we learn here and incorporate it into our training."
Research like this has shaped fire safety tips. For instance, firefighters now advise before opening a window to escape, close the door to the room you're in. It keeps the fire from spreading and gives rescuers more time to save you.
Cindy Ell from the Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation does her own research.
"These are folks who are very young, 40's and 50's, who are being diagnosed with very aggressive cancers," she said.
Ell said cancer rates are high, especially among arson investigators.
"They're going into a fire scene at the worst possible time of the fire," she said. "There's heavy particulate floating, from whatever has burned up, and they're going in to investigate that."
What she and the firefighters learn here will shape training across the country. And it could be employed when you need it most.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:16 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:16:50 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes. More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:15 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:15:08 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>