Author(s): Jesse Roman. Published on December 29, 2014.

Station nightclub fire memorial approved

THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND has given final approval for a permanent memorial park to be built at the site of the 2003 Station nightclub fire, which killed 100 people. Work on the site is expected to begin as early as this spring, according to the Station Fire Memorial Foundation, the group spearheading the effort.

The Station nightclub in West Warwick, Rhode Island, was the site of the fourth-deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history, according to NFPA data. The fire started when pyrotechnics shot off by the band Great White ignited soundproofing foam near the stage, and quickly spread throughout the wood-framed building. Of the 458 people in the club that night, 100 died and more than 200 were injured by fire, smoke, or the resulting rush of people trying to escape the building. In 2006, the club’s owners, along with the band’s tour manager, were convicted of 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter.

The owner of the site of the former club donated the land to the memorial foundation in 2012. The group has said it needs about $2 million to build and maintain the memorial park. As of December it had raised about $200,000, according to the Associated Press.

Site work on the memorial park will begin in the spring in preparation for the installation of landscaping and the planned monuments and gazebo.

Steinberg tapped to lead Wildland Fire Division

NFPA has named Michele Steinberg manager of its Wildland Fire Operations division.

Steinberg has been involved with NFPA’s wildland fire activities since 2002. As the Firewise® Communities Program manager for more than a decade, she led the national Firewise Communities/USA® Recognition Program, which includes more than 1,100 communities across the U.S. The program encourages local fire safety solutions by helping homeowners take individual responsibility for preparing their homes against the risk of wildfire. Steinberg has served as a staff liaison on NFPA standards related to wildland fire and is a recognized speaker on a variety of wildland fire topics.

Thomas Welle and Faith Berry have also joined NFPA’s Wildland Fire Division staff as senior project manager and associate project manager, respectively. In their roles, Welle and Berry will help contribute to the Division’s mission of reducing risks to life and property from wildfire through advocacy and education, research, and codes and standards.

Carbon monoxide tool kit available to fire departments

As temperatures drop and homeowner crank up their heating systems, the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning increases.

According to NFPA statistics, more CO poisonings in the U.S. occur in the months of November through February than at any other time of year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that from 1999 to 2010, an average of 430 people were killed by unintentional CO poisoning per year.

To help stem this threat, NFPA and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have launched a new online tool kit to help local fire departments educate the public about the risks of carbon monoxide. The toolkit provides an assortment of resources, including safety tips and advice on topics such as how to properly maintain heating systems, preventing the buildup of CO in the home, and advocating for the installation of CO alarms.

“The risks of carbon monoxide poisoning are highly preventable by following simple, yet very important, safety precautions,” NFPA President Jim Pauley said at an October press conference in Philadelphia announcing the toolkit launch. “With help from local fire departments nationwide, our shared goal with the CPSC is to increase awareness about the danger of carbon monoxide and, most importantly, inform people about how CO alarms significantly reduce that risk.”

View the new tool kit online.