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Amateur Video From Brazil-Deja Vu All Over Again & Again, I-Stairs (The Secret List)

     

Sunday, January 27, 2013 All,

We were sent these links showing fire and rescue personnel operating at the multi fatality club fire in Brazil earlier today:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7FsxUvNGsQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZELujh39Jw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSfoY9hrASU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4R4lHj156zA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ekxj14fAzq0


And The Beat Goes On...

Deja Vu ALL OVER AGAIN:

And for those younger readers of The Secret List, take a look at the below links of the infamous 2003 Station Nightclub Fire, West Warwick, RI where 100 people were killed and 230 were hurt under multiple similar circumstances. Much has changed in Rhode Island after that fire but little elsewhere both within and outside of North America.

BELOW IS VIDEO and a technical recreation of the fire:

STATION NIGHT CLUB UN-EDITED VIDEO FROM START TO WORKING FIRE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jae1fglq-9g

STATION NIGHT CLUB NIST REPORT & RECREATION/MODEL:  http://www.nist.gov/public_affairs/releases/ri_finalreport_june2905.cfm

RELATED FROM NIST: http://fire.nist.gov/bfrlpubs/fire07/PDF/f07061.pdf

RELATED WIKI:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Station_nightclub_fire

 

 

Not EVERYTHING That Starts With "i" is cool...

WARNING: I-STAIRS.

iPhones cool? Sure. iPads? Yep. iStairs? Not cool. Not at all.

Whats the latest in building construction to challenge us? I-Stairs. The I-Stairs have basically no fire resistance requirements. Well...that brings new meaning to the term "hold the basement at the stairs"...you aren't going to hold anything with this latest treat. We reached out to Steve "Water On The Fire" Kerber and he reminded us that until Jan 2012 there was no requirement to protect engineered floor systems - but UL testing and research data combined with IAFF’s (Sean DeCranes) code negotiating got a ½ inch sheet of gypsum board required.  

Keep in mind this is only for new construction and FFF (Firefighters Fighting for Firefighters) Jim Dalton and Sean Decrane are back at the code table trying to get all floor systems protected because wood burns and today's solid wood is not the same as it was 50 years ago.  That does not include stairs so the experts we talked to are guessing we may see the same evolution.  We will now have more firefighters falling through stairs and wondering why.  The why is because the home builder saved 27 dollars in cost by reducing the labor required to build a stair section not understanding or caring about its fire performance. 

 

Unfortunately we are unable to keep up with the so called "efficiencies" of the home building industry, so far.

So do we either sprinkler houses ...or cool'm down and gain control with water from wherever we can to get water on the fire-before going in? The veteran firefighting experts using science and fact say there are few options with the (not so) "new" construction. Damn.

READ MUCH MORE ABOUT THE I-STAIRS HERE: http://greenmaltese.com/tag/i-stairs/ 

Take Care-BE CAREFUL.

BillyG

The Secret List 1-27-13 / 1536 Hours

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