Last Alarm

The Charleston 9

by Thomas A. Woodley



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/8/2022

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 250
ISBN : 9781663243881
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 250
ISBN : 9781663243867
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 250
ISBN : 9781663243898

About the Book

Last Alarm: The Charleston 9 is the heart-wrenching story of how nine brave firefighters died battling the 2007 Sofa Super Store fire in Charleston, South Carolina. Life-endangering conditions combined together to create a ‘perfect firestorm’ ---a fuel-ladened furniture store that was a time bomb and death trap, and a fire department at the time that was understaffed, ill-equipped, and far below national fire service standards.

The author, Thomas A. Woodley, a labor litigation lawyer who represented many firefighters and emergency medical workers for over forty years, provides a factbased account of the multiple alarm response to the biggest structure fire in Charleston in 150 years.

Thorough investigations and well documented reports issued by federal agencies and a review team of outside experts, plus firefighter interviews and media articles, enabled the author to accumulate a wealth of material to shed insights on one of the deadliest fires in recent memory.

About the Author

Thomas A. Woodley, a labor litigation lawyer who represented firefighters and emergency medical service workers for more than forty years, uses his familiarity with the fire service to provide a detailed, well researched, and fact-based account of the Sofa Super Store fire and the tragic deaths of nine firefighters. He formerly served as general counsel of the International Association of Fire Fighters, a union of over 325,000 members.