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Fire Prevention & Protection: National Association of State Fire Marshals Issues Call to Action After Brazil Nightclub Fire

The National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) extends its deep sympathy to the families of the more than 230 individuals who perished in the tragic nightclub fire in Santa Maria, Brazil, in the early morning hours of Sunday, January 27. It is, unfortunately, a sad reminder that the world has not learned the lessons of similar fires in modern nightclubs over the past decade. Nearly 10 years ago, in February 2003, our nation lost 100 souls in The Station nightclub in Rhode Island, and similar tragedies with large losses subsequently occurred in Argentina (2004), Thailand (2008), and Russia (2009). The deadly combination of factors we see again and again in these fires includes occ...

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