November / December 2008 Dust Explosions

Dust explosions, Integrated Building Systems, the EQ recycling center fire, and reports on Large-Loss Fires and Firefighter Injuries for 2007.

FEATURES

Dust Explosions

Many people never knew sugar could explode until February 7, 2008, when an explosion rocked the Imperial Sugar Company in Port Wentworth, Georgia, killing 13 people and injuring 40. Dust may seem innocuous, but it can be deadly.

Firefighter Injuries for 2007

This report addresses 2007 firefighter injuries in the United States. In 2007, 80,100 firefighter injuries occurred, a decrease of 4 percent from the year before.

Integrated Building Systems

The hope has been that new technology and management tools will make building system integration much more seamless. Are we there yet?

Large Loss for 2007

Seventy-one fires resulted in losses of $5 million or more each. Together, these large-loss fires resulted in over $3.5 billion in direct property loss, killed 19 civilians, and injured 168 firefighters and 67 civilians.

Special Hazards Fire Investigation

CSB investigators describe their examination of an explosion at a hazardous waste facility

P.O.V.

First Word

Take care this heating season

News+Analysis

Firewatch

Four die in house fire

Looking Back

Remembering Percy "Perk" Bugbee

THE EXPERTS

The 70E Connection

Tailor-made PPE

Research

Fire prevention and firefighter safety research

Structural Ops

Urban conflagrations

Buzzwords

More than just NFPA 72®

Heads Up

A 33-year journey to dwelling sprinklers

In Compliance

Distance requirements are listed in the Life Safety Code

Outreach

Candles, holidays, and fire prevention