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America Burning Study 40 Years Old: Forecast the Need for Better Fire Prevention and Codes

BY ED METZForty years ago this past July, a group of 20 distinguished men and women from all parts of the country and from many different walks of life came together for the first time in Room 2010 of the New Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., to begin mapping out a course that would lead to new efforts in fire prevention and control in the United States. The group was established in response to Title II of the Fire Research and Safety Act of 1968, which had called for a national commission to undertake a comprehensive study and investigation to "determine the most practical and effective measures to reduce the destructive effects of fire."1By November 1970, congress...

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