Issue 9 and Volume 137.

THE LOCAL PHARMACY FIRE The potential for hazardous material incident and deadly fire disasters is as close as your neighborhood drug store. As fire professionals, we are all familiar with “special risk” fires. Training officers have a long running litany of what to do when confronted by a burning tanker of some exotic chemical substance. The analysis of toxic smoke plumes is becoming a fine science. Evacuation procedures are virtually a conditioned reflex in most fire departments. The point that I’m trying to make is that the large scale special risk fire is well blanketed by several layers of information. But how long has it been since you read anything about the small size special risk right in your neighborhood? It’s a good bet that you’ve seen very little, and unless one of your old-timers has tangled with a pharmacy fire and has spread the word, it’s likely that you…

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