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This Month in Fire History
Feb. 1, 1974, Dearborn, MI
Auto manufacturing plant fire causes $650 million in damages
Feb. 7, 1904, Baltimore, MD
Great Baltimore Fire results in $50 million in damages
Feb. 9, 1942, New York, NY
USS Lafayette fire results in $53 million in damages
Feb. 10, 1863, Fortress Monroe, VA
First fire extinguisher patent issued to Alanson Crane
Feb. 20, 2003, West Warwick, RI
The Station nightclub fire kills 100 people
Feb. 23, 1991, Philadelphia, PA
One Meridian Plaza high-rise fire kills three firefighters and causes $325 million in damage. The building is eventually demolished.
Feb. 26, 1993, New York, NY
The World Trade Center bombing kills 6 and injures 1,165
For details on fires that occurred 100 years ago this month, turn to Paul Hashagen’s “Rekindles” on page XXX.
Members from Ocala (FL) Fire Rescue delivered toys to local charities during the holidays for those less fortunate in their community. Beginning in early December, fire stations became collection sites and citizens were invited to drop off unwrapped presents.
“Ocala Fire Rescue appreciates the generosity of all those who donated gifts for children to make this holiday season memorable” stated Battalion Chief Martin Ortiz. “The charities were extremely glad to see us this year” he added.
Firefighters such as Jim Williams, Daniel Kiel and Ken Thomas Jr. (see photo) loaded presents that were delivered to charities. – Brian Stoothoff
Recognizing One of Our Own
Congratulations go out to our very own Paul Snodgrass, winner of an International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) 2011 Media Award. Paul won the prestigious “Best Story in a Trade Publication” for his article entitled “The Fog of Disaster: Into Haiti with Two Tampa Fire USAR Members.” The story, which focused on the rescue operations following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, appeared in the March 2010 edition of Firehouse Magazine. More than 230 entries were submitted in the annual Media Awards Contest, which “pays tribute to those who, in the public media and through their affiliates, document the great and the small in the life of firefighters everywhere,” according to the IAFF.
Ambulance Crash Data Report
Motor vehicle crashes involving ambulances pose a serious risk to both crew and patients. Recognizing the magnitude and severity of this risk, the Fire Protection Research Foundation recently released a report, “Analysis of Ambulance Crash Data.” The foundation is the research affiliate for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
The report focuses on the collection of ambulance crash data, including fatalities and injuries from all 50 states, and the methods used to collect this data. The project stems from NFPA’s recent series of Emergency Management Services (EMS)-related efforts to develop a national standard for ambulance safety that addresses EMS responder health and protection and improved vehicle design and maintenance. Information on ambulance accidents was requested by the NFPA 1917, Standard for Automotive Ambulances Technical Committee to assist in identifying efforts that would have a positive impact on responder safety. The report was conducted with guidance provided by a Project Technical Panel of emergency medical service providers, data collection professionals, and other subject-matter experts.
A copy of the report can be found at www.nfpa.org/assets/files//Research Foundation/RFAmbulanceCrash.pdf.
IFRM Appoints Advisory Board
The International Fire Relief Mission (IFRM) recently named five fire-industry professionals from various disciplines to serve three-year terms on its advisory board. The board members will help IFRM achieve its goal of improving firefighter safety by providing donated fire and EMS equipment to firefighters in developing countries. The new advisory board members are Robb Chapman, William “Jim” Dunn, Jennifer Jesty, Wayne Martin and Christina Spoons.