Issue 11 and Volume 153.

They died for what? After reading “They Died for What?” (Editor’s Opinion, July 2000), several things come to mind in regard to governing agencies’ responsibilities relative to requirements as well as their response to the tragedies that have occurred. After some “politically correct incidents,” for example, politicians were lining up before the last engine company had cleared the scene of the Seton Hall University dorm fire in New Jersey this winter. They called for state regulations requiring fully sprinklered college dorm buildings and funding on the state level to accomplish this task. On the other hand, although everyone from the president of the United States to the mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts, attended the public memorial for our fallen comrades in Worcester, to the best of my knowledge, there has been no “fast-track” legislation to address any of the problems that led to this tragedy. If nothing else, the Worcester tragedy…

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