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    Default 42 years...the Vendome fire

    Today is the 42nd anniversary of the Vendome fire.
    Nine Boston Firefighters lost their lives that day.
    Remember Fallen Brothers...
    ‎"The education of a firefighter and the continued education of a firefighter is what makes "real" firefighters. Continuous skill development is the core of progressive firefighting. We learn by doing and doing it again and again, both on the training ground and the fireground."
    Lt. Ray McCormack, FDNY

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    Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

    Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.

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    I remember studying this fire in my Associate Degree program. Illegal remodeling was the issue if I remember correctly.

    Rest in Peace Brothers.
    Crazy, but that's how it goes
    Millions of people living as foes
    Maybe it's not too late
    To learn how to love, and forget how to hate

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    Illegal building alterations have been a major contributor to firefighter deaths in NYC and elsewhere I'm sure. Anyone who has an inspection program should make structural alterations one of their first considerations when doing an inspection.
    Buildings under construction should be inspected if possible to ascertain construction methods. It could save a life.

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