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A Half-hour to Tragedy

A Half-hour to Tragedy

"The CSB's final written report on the tragedy, which killed two emergency responders and two propane technicians, was approved at a public meeting in Beckley, West Virginia, on September 25. 'This video shows how a number of factors - a tank placed too close to the building, a lack of necessary training for propane technicians, and a lack of awareness among technicians and responders to order an immediate evacuation - combined to take the lives of four people," said John Bresland, CSB chairman and CEO. "Across the United States, firefighters are responding to propane emergencies almost every day. Training and preparedness are the keys to preventing tragic accidents like the one in West Virginia last year,' Mr. Bresland said. West Virginia State Fire Marshal Sterling Lewis, Jr., is featured... Show More
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Pete Schenck
Pete Schenck (Staff)
4 years ago

Excellent material regarding a specific propane emergency and how learning from this incident can help other firefighters better understand the dangers of propane.  I find it even more useful for urban/suburban departments who may not encounter large, fixed, installed propane tanks in their districts on a regular basis.

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Good animations, high quality video production, appropriate technical level for emergency responders.

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 50 minutes
John Purdin
John Purdin (Faculty)
6 years ago

Excellent analysis of events leading to propane accident.