Wednesday, October 12, 2016

FIRE PREVENTION WEEK


Fire Prevention week falls in October,  marking the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of Oct. 9, 1871.

President Calvin Coolidge
proclaimed the first National Fire Prevention Week on Oct. 4–10, 1925, noting fires claimed 15,000 lives across the U.S. the prior year.

"This waste results from the conditions which justify a sense of shame and horror; for the greater part of it could and ought to be prevented," Coolidge said.

"It is highly desirable that every effort be made to reform the conditions which have made possible so vast a destruction of the national wealth."


In 2015, fires caused 3,280 civilian deaths, 15,700 civilian injuries, and $14.3 billion in property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

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Thursday, October 6, 2016

FORT LAUDERDALE - 1969


On Jan. 13, 1969, fire broke out at the Everglades Fertilizer Plant in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and burned for three days, fueled by tons of toxic chemicals.

Yellow smoke billowed from the site and drifted over the city.

Of the the 100 firefighters at the blaze, more than a quarter were diagnosed with cancer.

 
In the years that followed, many succumbed to the disease.

Their average age was 60, according to a history of Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue.

Firefighters were equipped - if at all - with 
canister masks that filtered out toxic gases, primitive forerunners of today's self-contained breathing apparatus.

"
It was a witches` brew, and you had these guys inhaling it," said fire Lt. Stephen McInerny, quoted in a  1990 article in the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

CORAL GABLES, FLORIDA

Photo: flashbackmiami.com
Fire station sculpture at Coral Gables, Florida