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Emergency Preparedness Conference The City of Dryden, the Canadian Red Cross and the Canadian Ministry of Natural Resources will be hosting the Northwest Response Forum from April 9 to 11 at the Dryden Regional Cultural & Training Centre in Dryden...


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More recently, with Fire Protection Engineering head Kathy A. Notarianni joining the WPI firefighter safety and technology research team, it has developed a sensor that would give a firefighter advance warning of “flashover” conditions, in which combustible materials in a room simultaneously erupt in flames, and are working on a new device that will warn firefighters of the presence of toxic gases. 

“What’s exciting about this work and what keeps us focused and hard-driven is that we know with absolute certainty that our research and technology development will have the impact of saving firefighter lives and improving long-term health of firefighters,” Notarianni said. 

 

This Month in Fire History

Feb. 2, 1973, Eagle Grove, IA: Coast to Coast Hardware store fire kills 13

Feb. 3, 1971, Woodbine, GA: Thiokol Chemical Co. fire kills 29

Feb. 6, 1851, Australia: “Black Thursday” forest fire damages 50,000 square miles

Feb. 7, 1904, Baltimore, MD: Great Baltimore Fire causes $50 million in damages

Feb. 10, 1863: First fire extinguisher patent issued to Alanson Crane

Feb. 17, 1957, Warrington, MO: Katie Jane Nursing Home fire kills 72

Feb. 26, 1993, New York, NY: World Trade Center bombing/fire kills 6 and injures 1,165

Courtesy NFPA

For details on fires that occurred 100 years ago this month, turn to Paul Hashagen’s “Rekindles” on page XXX.