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"Firefighters arriving late," is an investigation into the Tucson Fire Department and their lack of consistency in acceptable emergency response times. Though the national standard is five minutes or less, the TFD only meets that standard about half the time. The slowest response time usually occur in the fastest-growing area of Tucson, and the fire department is too underfunded to keep up with the growing population. Using a number of different databases from the local fire department, as well as the National Fire Protection Association, Branan was able to analyze the problem and discover that Tucson isn't the only fire department unable to meet national standards.
Following the disastrous nightclub fire in Warwick, Rhode Island, CBS examines the causes that led to the tragedy. In this story, the question the national fire safety codes that waives the requirement of sprinklers for facilities with fewer than 300 patrons. As part of this investigation, the story also shows how a similar nightclub fire just weeks before the one in Rhode Island, had been contained by a sprinkler system with no loss of life.
ABC15 reports that "firefighters in Phoenix and across America are dying in accidents that could be prevented." The story reveals that truss -- an inexpensive, cheaply prefabricated element, commonly used in home construction -- tends to cause roofs to collapse when on fire. As firefighters get on roofs to vent a fire, they often fall through and die. This has forced fire departments to change firefighting tactics, which however, leads to "higher property damage and possible loss of life."
The Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports that "Illinois residents have no reliable storehouse to use to determine whether their emergency workers are getting to them quickly enough. An examination of 1997 and 1998 data from more than 200 departments in northern Illinois found many of the average response times on record with the state fire marshal are inaccurate. Comparison checking is impossible and checking with a department directly is not easy. Several would not provide the Daily Herald with the requested average response times data or did not acknowledge a Freedom of Information Act request."