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Fire Prevention: Senseless Tragedies Will Continue Unless Firefighters Act

By Jim Tidwell How many times do we have to watch as our citizens die needlessly in night clubs and other public assemblies? When will responsible parties make life safety a priority? When will we be comfortable sending our young adults to entertainment venues? The answer is not more code requirements; the answer is not more political speeches; the answer is not more hand wringing. The answer is to apply the regulations currently in place: Install and maintain adequate exits Prevent overcrowding Install early warning systems and sprinkler systems Limit the use of pyrotechnics Assure that crowd managers are trained and in place as required by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA...

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