Issue 6 and Volume 142.

A SUCCESS STORY NURSING HOME FIRE FIRE PREVENTION The swift extinguishment of a potentially tragic fire reinforces the importance of fire prevention, inspection, and educational activities. What could have been a major tragedy turned out to be a minor inconvenience for the residents of a southwest suburban Chicago nursing home, thanks to the building’s required smoke detection and fire suppression systems. At 07:03 hours on February 7, 1989, the Palos Fire Protection District (PFPD) was dispatched to the Americanna of Palos Heights Nursing Home for an activated trouble alarm. Simultaneously, Southwest Central Dispatch (SWCD) received a phone call from the nursing home reporting a fire on the third floor. SWCD provides dispatch service for the PFPD and several other fire and police agencies in the Southwest Cook County area. The Palos Fire Protection District normally investigates all trouble alarms with the on-duty crews of an engine and an ambulance. With…

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