NBC News details how technology and sheer manpower can prevent fires from destroying cities
More than 250 firefighters battled Monday’s downtown Los Angeles fire, which consumed an under-construction apartment building near downtown, shut down traffic on the nearby Harbor Freeway and blew out several windows from adjacent office buildings.
It’s a fire that L.A. firefighters are calling a “career fire”–a monster that consumed the equivalent of a city block. Downtown Los Angeles is home to around 52,000 people. So why didn’t they have to worry about a fire like this destroying large swaths of their neighborhood?
A combination of technology and sheer manpower.
“The fire departments in Los Angeles are early-adopters when it comes to technology,” Bobby Halton, a former fire chief who now serves as editor-in-chief of Fire Engineering magazine, told NBC News. “The LAFD has done a tremendous job of containing that fire.”
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