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Fire in Syracuse: Four Firefighters LODD: The 701 University Avenue Fire April 9, 1978

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Remembering the 701 University Ave Fire: 1978 in Syracuse, New York

High-rise fires cause quarter billion dollars of property damage a year

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High-rise fires cause quarter billion dollars of property damage a year according to a new NFPA Report.

1980 MGM Grand Hotel Fire-Thirty Years Ago

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  Thirty years ago on the morning of November 21, 1980, 85 people died and more than 700 were injured as a result of a fire at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. This was the second largest life-loss hotel fire in United States history. It was determined during the investigation that the […]

Residential Fire Sprinklers: A STEP-BY-STEP APPROACH FOR COMMUNITIES

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Residential Fire Sprinklers: A STEP-BY-STEP APPROACH FOR COMMUNITIES Residential Fire Sprinklers…A Step-By-Step Approach for Communities (Second Edition) – National Fire Sprinkler Association and International Association of Fire Chiefs – has developed and published a comprehensive  guide  for all stakeholders, from the citizen to the fire chief and from the homebuilder to the elected official, with […]

NIST Study on Charleston Furniture Store Fire Calls for National Safety Improvements

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Major factors contributing to a rapid spread of fire at the Sofa Super Store in Charleston, S.C., on June 18, 2007, included large open spaces with furniture providing high fuel loads, the inward rush of air following the breaking of windows and a lack of sprinklers, according to a draft report released for public comment […]

Shopping Center Explosion: Fluid Risk Assessment

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NIOSH recently released it’s report on the Penn-Mar Shopping Center Explosion that occured on May 7, 2008 in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Report Copy HERE. A number of mission critial lessons and insights can be gained regarding initial response, command management, operational safety, tactical deployment and effective situational awareness and dynamic risk assessment through an […]