Evacuating medical facilities

I enjoyed "Fires in Hospitals and Nursing Homes: Be Prepared for the Unexpected" by Dan Sheridan (Fire Engineering, February 2014). I would like to add some comments on a situation we had a number of years ago. Our area caught seven-plus inches of rain in about a four-hour period, causing massive flooding. Our local hospital had flood waters in the tunnels; all mechanical rooms were under water. The entire lower level of the hospital was under water, as were all standby power units. We had approximately 12 engine companies drafting water from the facility. We were within 30 minutes of closing the facility. Plans were initiated for evacuation of all patients and staff. That was w...

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