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"Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out!" Infographic

Customize this handout with your organization’s logo and share with community members.

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“Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” Infographic

“Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” works to educate people about three ways they can reduce the likelihood of having a fire—and how to escape safely if they have one. Customize this flyer with your logo to promote fire safety situational awareness.

10 Million Dollar Marina Fire (Bohemia Bay, MD - January 1989)

Delayed discovery, lack of detection equipment and limited access to water contributed to the $10 million loss.

12 Million Dollar Fire at Dogwood Elementary School (Reston, VA - November 2000)

Key issues for this fire at a one story, noncombustible steel frame elementary school with masonry exterior walls involved fire protection and detection. The school was built in an "open classroom" design with demountable partitions as "walls" between groups of four and six classrooms and between classrooms and halls. Investigators determined the cause of the fire to be an electrical short in the building's plenum space.

15 Million Dollar Sight and Sound Theater Fire and Building Collapse (Lancaster County, PA - January 1997)

This report focuses on the absence of fire protection features that could have assisted in saving the structure and reducing damage.

A Comparison of Two Fires: The Westview Towers (NJ) and the Council Towers Apartments (MO) August/October 1998

A technical review of two highrise apartment building fires that caused deaths and injuries to the buildings' elderly residents. According to the review, the presence of medical oxygen and the lack of automatic fire sprinkler systems contributed to the spread of the fires.

A Needs Assessment of the U.S. Fire Service

The purpose of this study was to 1) define the current role and activities associated with the fire services; 2) determine the adequacy of current levels of funding; and 3) provide a needs assessment to identify shortfalls.

Abandoned Cold Storage Warehouse Multi-Firefighter Fatality Fire (Worcester, MA - December 1999)

A technical review of the 1999 Worcester, MA fire that claimed six firefighters concludes that abandoned buildings are a serious threat to firefighters and fire departments must make a concerted effort to use technology to maintain data on buildings in their response districts.

Aerial Ladder Collapse Incidents (April 1996)

This report addresses 5 incidents in which fire department aerial ladders collapsed.

After the Fire

This booklet provides information on recovering from a fire, including what to do during the first 24 hours, insurance considerations, valuing your property, replacement of valuable documents, salvage hints, fire department operations, and more.

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