History is filled with the names of famous American firefighters, Benjamin Franklin, established the first fire department. Allan Brunacini, Fire Chief of the Phoenix Fire Department, and first active fire service member to hold the position of chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Red Adair, international oil well firefighter known for fighting over 1000 oil well fires. These names, though impressive fall short of others in fire protection that should be mentioned. Molly Williams, part of the Oceanus Engine Company firehouse in 1815 was the first African American woman firefighter. Toni McIntosh of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The first career African American female firefighter, and the
There is a debate about using prescribed fires. Prescribed fires are fires that help reduce the catastrophic damage that wildfire creates. prescribed fires work most of the time, but they can be faulty at some points. That's why some people don't agree with using prescribed fires. Even though they sometimes don't work, they can be really helpful when they do work.
The Triangle fire that claimed the lives of 146 people, most of them immigrant women and girls, caused an outcry against unsafe working conditions in factories. Firefighters arrived at the scene, but their ladders could only reach the 6th floor of the ten-story building, while the hose could only reach the 7th floor. Workers were trapped inside because the owners had locked the fire escape exit doors to prevent theft, so workers jumped to their deaths. The government could’ve prevented the Triangle fire earlier if they listened to the workers’ plea for a safety working environment. Union organization tried to address the employees’ working conditions but wasn’t recognized. The fire was a catalyst for change in New York regarding
It is important to the environment that there be controlled fires for any number of reasons such as, putting the nutrients back into the soil, and clearing out debris that could be hazardous if a wildfire were to occur. This does not come with out it 's faults, sometimes the fire becomes to big to handle and they become near misses or wildfires. Prescribed fires are great for the ecosystem and the overall well being of forests. They make ecosystems more diverse and replenish the soil for new plant growth.
During 1910, the country was progressing quickly towards a greater form of mass production and increasingly dangerous working conditions. People labored in squalor like in the “below ground bakeries,” where rat droppings covered rolling tables and children were “coughing beside ovens.” Progressives, unionists, and socialists called for different types of reform, and Tammany Hall opposed them; the political machine sent strikebreakers and stalled legislation that would benefit the workers. Then, on March 25, 1911, the Triangle Waist Company factory caught fire at the end of the day shift. About 146 men and women died in the Asch Building. Months passed before a trial was held. The result was a conviction of not guilty for the “Shirtwaist Kings.”
The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire was a devastating fire that killed 146 girls in New York City (Leap for Life, Leap for Death). At this time, citizens of New York were furious and demanded that the government do something to prevent future tragedies. The government responded and the reforms that the government made, it changed the future of New York industry. The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, one of history’s deadliest fires, came as a result of outrageously unsafe working conditions, led to a high death toll and injury total, but, ultimately resulted in reforms that helped safeguard future factory workers.
I am not going to answer that question just yet. Without assessing all of the information to prevent the making of unfounded accusations. First things first you may be asking yourself what a Triangle Shirtwaist is. A triangle shirtwaist is a type of blouse that many women wore in the early 1900's. You probably may want to acquaint yourself with the victims of the inferno. A vast, vast majority of the casualties were Jews from Italy or Russia. A high count of them was under the age of 25. Now let's talk about the owners the company. The names of the owner's of the company were Max Blanck and Isaac Harris As soon as the news of the inferno hit the printing presses the citizens
The definition of a firefighter is “a person whose job is to extinguish fires”, however that just scratches the surface of the many responsibilities of a firefighter. A firefighter can fight a fire and also make an emergency medical call if need be. The work of a firefighter is dangerous, it can include collapsing buildings, emergency medical situation, and in extreme cases, even death. A firefighter needs to have a variety of skills such as evacuate fire structures and treat victims, suppress and extinguish fires with hoses pumps and additional apparatus’. Not everything a firefighter accomplishes involves fighting fires, and saving people, they also act as role models for the younger generation, and the community. A firefighter may have to participate and give a lesson in
During the Progressive Era (1890’s - 1920’s) there were political reforms and social activism in the United States of America. These acts of social activism and political reformation were to fix issues in urban areas, fix issues in the garment industry, and to make a changes so tragedies (like the Triangle Fire) don’t happen again. The triangle fire serves as a microcosm for the progressive era because they both needed reformation but action was not taken until things became extreme.
Back in 1871, most people had flammable items. In that time they didn’t have as much skill with buildings like
Prior to the Great Chicago Fire the city of Chicago was working hard to develop and grow into one of the largest, most influential cities in the US. Their population was increasing at a steady rate, buildings were being refurbished or replaced and large businesses were swarming to the area. Because of this development the city replaced their volunteer fire department with a full time staffed department in 1858. At this time the fire chief proposed many changes to
library. There was potential for things to become dire if there was no swift response made. I take pride in the fact that I possibly saved the school some repair cost or even lives.
Automatic sprinklers, properly working fire escapes, and fire proof receptacles were among the recommendations for the businesses to instill. The fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory could have been prevented and more lives could have been saved if there were fireproof receptacles in the factory and were properly emptied. The fire spread so quickly trapping many inside. An article from the New York Times states “what burned so quickly and disastrously for the victims were shirtwaists, hanging on lines above tiers of workers, sewing machines placed so closely together that there was hardly aisle room for the girls between them, and shirtwaist trimmings and cuttings which littered the floors above the eighth and ninth stories” (141 men, 1911). The trimmings that laid among the floor is what caused the fire to spread so rapidly. Had an automatic sprinkler system been in place the fire would have been put out allowing the victims to not panic and get out safely and lives would have been saved. Automatic sprinklers have been proven effective and the system pays for itself eventually with the reduction in fire insurance costs. By having fire escape doors and the windows labeled and built large enough for a large capacity to pass through without any obstructions. Linder stated the obstruction and the narrow fire escape were the primary cause
There was no organised effort to mitigate or respond to such incidents. The incident helped in the establishment of an emergency system to respond to similar disasters. The people who were affected by the fire tried to shelter from the intensity of the flames but most of them died. Survivors sought refuge in rivers and wetlands to avoid the scorching heat. When the fire subsided, relief from organisations and other well-wishers was provided to these people. The problems encountered during this incident involved poor communication. For example, the news of the fire only reached Chicago two days after the incident. Poor communications greatly affected the response time (Pernin
On the seventh of February 2009, the Black Saturday Bushfire burnt across the state of Victoria. The most devastating bushfire in the Australian history. It is considered to be one of the deadliest fires to burn in Australia as it managed to burn down over 4500-square-kilometres of land, destroy 2029 homes, kill 173 people, injure 5000 people and kill thousands of animals. Individuals, groups and government stood together to help the victims in any possible way. They did so by donating money individually, communities helping the victims and government assisting them financially.