“Oakland Warehouse Dance Party Fire a Rare Disaster, But Troubling Trend Continues”

In this age of modern building construction and fire codes, large loss-of-life fires in assembly occupancies just aren’t supposed to happen. But, for some reason, they continue to. I noticed a trend following The Station fire; I thought to myself, “Seems like it’s been about ten years since we’ve seen a fire like this.” I … Continue reading “Oakland Warehouse Dance Party Fire a Rare Disaster, But Troubling Trend Continues”

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103 Years Ago, March 25, 1911, 123 Young Women Working In A Factory Never Came Home. It Changed Our Country.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFJ6cQUJOsg Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire - March 25, 1911 It may not seem that the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire, which happened over a century ago in New York City, would be relevant today -- but it is. It was a tragedy that opened the nation's eyes to poor working conditions in garment factories and other … Continue reading 103 Years Ago, March 25, 1911, 123 Young Women Working In A Factory Never Came Home. It Changed Our Country.

Op Ed – Fire Code Enforcement: What’s “Right” and What’s “Wrong”?

By Jon Nisja, Editor, Fire Marshals Association of Minnesota Editor's note: the opinions and views expressed in this article are the those of the author; they do not represent the opinions and/or views of this association or the author's employer. I am starting my 29th year in fire code enforcement. I started doing fire prevention … Continue reading Op Ed – Fire Code Enforcement: What’s “Right” and What’s “Wrong”?