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FDIC 2011 Classroom Warns of Dangers Posed by Modular Construction

On Thursday at FDIC 2011, Chief Kevin A. Gallagher of the Acushnet (MA) Fire & EMS Department delivered a classroom on the dangers firefighters face while operating at fires at prefabricated (modular) residential construction.Gallagher recounted an incident involving a two-story modular home in his department's response area that spread rapidly and caused the department consternation, forcing them to investigate the cause of the fire. "My department couldn't shake this fire," said Gallagher. "What did we do or didn't we do?"The fire prompted the department to look at certain construction techniques common to that industry but little known&n...

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