12/16/07 88 W - + 12 - 13 Little Known Facts

Here's a compelling commentary from Azarang "Ozzie" Mirkhah on Firehouse.com, subtitled "Fires in the U.S. are more costly than the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan." He compares both the cost in dollars and lives and concludes we're spending over twice as much at home on fire losses and loosing as many as four times as many lives as service personnel. Interesting. And on a related note, here's the National Safety Council site with statistics on other ways people die in the United States.

It’s a lot more fun to run up and down the road in a big red (or lime or white or green or black or yellow or…) fire truck, Q2B and Powercall wailing than it is enforcing fire safety codes. When you are doing fire safety education you don’t get to put on a great big, funny looking plastic (or leather or Kevlar) helmet, SCBA, and tear sh** up with various tools, spray water, and be a ‘hero’. It’s a lot more fun to talk about helmet fronts than it is to talk about the importance of home smoke detectors and home sprinkler systems. And adequate building separation. And proper building materials. And…

If you look at what we spend on fire protection in America (yeah, I know we need staffing- but we still spend A LOT of money on it as it is), we should have had the problem licked by now. Or could it be that while we spend a lot of money on ‘feel good’ items, like fire trucks, we have not done enough on the front end to keep it from happening. I don’t know, so can someone tell me how many fire safety inspectors we have in Wake County as compared to the population?

During the 70s and 80s, stuff just did not burn much around here, except for tobacco barns, mobile homes, and old houses. Most everything else was new stuff that did not burn. Now here we are in 2007, and every time you turn around we are burning apartment buildings, town houses, and if you have a single house to catch fire, the neighbors are damage as well.

Most big fires, although it seems that there is always some negligence on someone’s part, are still referred to as ‘accidents’. This implies that these were just unforeseen events that no one could have prevented. And that’s a load of crap.

Besides, how many headlines could Hillary, Obama, John, Rudy, Mitt, or any of the rest of them generate by condemning the lack of progress on the war on unnecessary deaths from (insert cause here)?
DJ (Email) - 12/16/07 - 11:17

Another interesting story on firehouse.com is about a program targeting low-literacy citizens for fire safety, http://cms.firehouse.com/web/online/News..
Legeros - 12/16/07 - 12:15

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