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Fire Prevention History: From the Fire Engineering Vault: Firemen Must Lead in Fire Prevention

Continuing our review of Fire Prevention Week history, we look at Fire and Water Engineering in the 1920s. President Woodrow Wilson issued the first presidential proclamation of Fire Prevention Day, which noted the annual loss of 15,000 lives and more than $230 million (about $2.7 billion today) in property. The loss is especially keen, according to the proclamation, because the need for American materials to aid recovery from "the ravages of the great war is especially great at this time." According to the National Fire Protection Association, in 2011, the American fire departments responded to 370,000 home structure fires, which caused 13,910 civilian injuries; 2,520 civilian ...

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