Issue 8 and Volume 160.

NIST experts dispatched to Charleston Four National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) fire experts were dispatched to Charleston, South Carolina, to investigate the fire and collapse of the Sofa Super Store and warehouse in which nine members of the Charleston (SC) Fire Department were killed on June 18. The NIST team was working with local officials and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to gather information about the collapse and was to determine if additional study would be appropriate. The tragedy claimed the lives of Charleston Fire Department members Captain William “Billy” Hutchinson, 48; Captain Mike Benke, 49; Captain Louis Mulkey, 34; Engineer Mark Kelsey, 40; Engineer Bradford “Brad” Baity, 37; Assistant Engineer Michael French, 27; Firefighter James “Earl” Drayton, 56; Firefighter Brandon Thompson, 27; and Firefighter Melven Champaign, 46. New burglar alarms pose safety hazards The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) says a new burglar…

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