THE WORCESTER TRAGEDY

12/01/2000
BY FRANCIS L. BRANNIGAN, SFPE (FELLOW)Vincent Dunn, Alan Brunacini, and I independently were the technical reviewers of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) report 99F47 on the Worcester, Massachusetts abandoned cold storage facility fire (available at www.cdc.gov/ niosh/firehome.html). The following suggestions were developed after studying the report.There are many fire departments that have potential major disasters in their jurisdictions, but these are certainly not limited to abandoned buildings. These potential disasters should be thoroughly preplanned. The information must be retrievable at the fire, not buried in a file. The goal should be to assemble ...

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