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A Half-hour to Tragedy


A Half-hour to Tragedy

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"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... More
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Material Type: Animation
Technical Format: Video
Date Added to MERLOT: October 20, 2008
Date Modified in MERLOT: October 03, 2013
Keywords: Propane, BLEVE, fire fighter safety, explosion


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Primary Audience: College General Ed
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Language: English
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Avatar for Pete Schenck
3 years ago

Pete Schenck (Staff)

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.

Time spent reviewing site: 50 minutes
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Avatar for John Purdin
5 years ago

John Purdin (Faculty)

Excellent analysis of events leading to propane accident.