Leadership

GREASE DUCT FIRE LEADS TO STRICTER CODE ENFORCEMENT

Issue 6 and Volume 157.

BY JAMES M. FOLEY The mission of the fire department is to prevent fires, confine fires, and save lives and property. Most fire departments perform this mission through fire suppression and fire prevention services. Strong communication between these groups is a vital aspect of the community fire protection plan. A case in point is the following fire incident in Atlantic City, New Jersey, that led to an aggressive fire inspection campaign to eliminate future fires. On March 31, 1999, the Atlantic City (NJ) Fire Department (ACFD) was dispatched to a fire in the kitchen of the Tropicana Casino Hotel, located at Brighton Avenue and the Boardwalk. The fire was reported at 10:51 p.m. by an Atlantic City Police Department officer several blocks away on the boardwalk. The officer reported a fire on the fourth-floor roof of the Tropicana as the flames were shooting high into the air. On arrival, the…

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