On October 15, 1977 at 1800 hours the Osage Beach Volunteer Fire Association responded to a report of a structure fire on Highway KK and LR 189. The structure was reported as unoccupied with the area of origin being a bathroom, the form of ignition a match and material ignited hay. The fire report went on the call the ignition factor of the fire “incendiary.” By definition incendiary is “causing or designed to cause a fire”, thus intentional. This report was written by Ed Anderson and the officer in charge approving the report was Pat Bagby, the Assistant Fire Chief.
Some 6 years earlier President Richard Nixon assemble a panel to look into the alarming fire problem in the United States. This commission went on to publish America Burning in 1973, a topic we covered last year. One of the recommendations of this panel was the establishment of a National Fire Academy to provide training to the countries firefighters. In 1974 President Gerald Ford signed Public Law 93-498 creating the United States Fire Administration and the creation of the Academy. In 1979 the USFA purchased the former Saint Joseph’s Academy, a Catholic School for girls from 1809-1973, for the purpose and use of the academy. The academy is located in Emmitsburg Maryland not far from several well-known sites, Gettysburg and Camp David. Continue Reading →