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Posted: Sep 21, 2015

Security, fire safety experts question classroom barricade devices schools are eager to add

A nationwide push allowing schools to buy portable barricade devices they can set up if an active shooter enters their building has school security and fire experts questioning whether they're really safe. Those opposed to the devices say they're complicated to install under stress and could lead to dangerous unintended consequences — including blocking authorities from an attacker inside a classroom.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: u.s. news & world report
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Posted: Sep 21, 2015

Northern California wildfires destroy nearly 1,600 homes

California fire officials said a wildfire north of San Francisco destroyed another 162 homes, raising the number of homes destroyed to 1,050 and making it the fourth worst wildfire in the state's history. The tally announced on Sunday brought the total number of homes destroyed in two wildfires burning in Northern California to nearly 1,600, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: sacramento bee
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Posted: Sep 18, 2015

Low pay was leading to pilot shortage for Washington wildfire-fighting helicopters, per acting chief

Just days before a series of deadly, record-setting wildfires began exploding across Washington, the acting chief pilot for the state’s wildfire-attack helicopters wrote a letter to his superiors. Unfilled pilot positions were grounding some helicopters, John Adolphson wrote to senior staff at the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Seattle Times
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Posted: Sep 18, 2015

NFPA launches 2015 U.S. Needs Assessment Survey

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) today announced the official launch of its 2015 U.S. Needs Assessment survey, the fourth distributed since 2001. The survey works to capture the level of resources and staffing among U.S. fire departments, and to identify where fire departments are meeting the needs of their communities and where there are gaps in the service they provide.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: National Fire Protection Association
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Posted: Sep 18, 2015

Family of six killed in South Dakota house fire

When Platte Fire Chief Rick Gustad arrived on the scene of a fire that killed six people Thursday in Platte, the one-and-a-half-story house was almost completely destroyed. "It's not a real common occurrence to have a fully engulfed structure fire on arrival," Gustad said. "The house was pretty well destroyed when we arrived on the scene.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: INFORUM-Fargo
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