Fire Prevention – Colts Neck Fair http://coltsneckfair.com/ Fri, 26 Nov 2021 23:36:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://coltsneckfair.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-1.png Fire Prevention – Colts Neck Fair http://coltsneckfair.com/ 32 32 Fort Erie Fire Department gets a boost from local gas utility company https://coltsneckfair.com/fort-erie-fire-department-gets-a-boost-from-local-gas-utility-company/ Fri, 26 Nov 2021 21:26:06 +0000 https://coltsneckfair.com/fort-erie-fire-department-gets-a-boost-from-local-gas-utility-company/ By Don Redmond Posted on November 26, 2021 at 4:26 p.m. The Fort Erie Fire Department, which relies heavily on volunteers, receives a lot of help from Enbridge Gas. The gas company is donating $ 250,000 through its Safe Community Project Assist program to 50 fire departments across the province, including Fort Erie. The project, […]]]>

By Don Redmond

Posted on November 26, 2021 at 4:26 p.m.

The Fort Erie Fire Department, which relies heavily on volunteers, receives a lot of help from Enbridge Gas.

The gas company is donating $ 250,000 through its Safe Community Project Assist program to 50 fire departments across the province, including Fort Erie.

The project, which strengthens the existing training of Ontario’s volunteer and composite fire departments in the communities where Enbridge operates (such as the Niagara region), will see the funds used to purchase educational materials for firefighters to improve rescue techniques.

“Continuous improvement of a fire department takes passionate people, the drive to excel, and the resources to develop the remarkable men and women of our service,” said Fort Erie Fire Chief Ed. Melanson. “The Safe Community Project Assist grant is a welcome contribution to any firefighter training programs we offer. “

Bike Balkanci, the operations manager of Enbridge Gas GTA West / Niagara, has said his company’s top priority is the safety of the communities it serves.

“We are proud to support Ontario firefighters who share our commitment to keeping our communities safe,” said Balkanci.

The Fort Erie Fire Department includes a public education division with 15 volunteer public educators, a three-person career fire prevention division, and a response division with 110 volunteer firefighters located in four volunteer fire stations.

The three divisions are all supported by an administrative staff consisting of a fire chief, an assistant fire chief, a senior administrative assistant, an administrative clerk and an engineer officer located at the station headquarters. Central, 444 Central Avenue.

(Below: Fort Erie Fire Chief Ed Melanson)

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Lois Copeland | Republican of the Gasconade County https://coltsneckfair.com/lois-copeland-republican-of-the-gasconade-county/ Thu, 25 Nov 2021 04:07:25 +0000 https://coltsneckfair.com/lois-copeland-republican-of-the-gasconade-county/ Lois Dean Copeland, 88, Gerald, passed away on Friday, November 12, 2021. She was born on May 21, 1933 to Alva and Elsie Blankenship. She was married to Richard (Gene) Copeland in May 1953 and later divorced. She attended Holy Martyrs Catholic School and then graduated from Sullivan High School, Class of 1951. She was […]]]>

Lois Dean Copeland, 88, Gerald, passed away on Friday, November 12, 2021.

She was born on May 21, 1933 to Alva and Elsie Blankenship.

She was married to Richard (Gene) Copeland in May 1953 and later divorced.

She attended Holy Martyrs Catholic School and then graduated from Sullivan High School, Class of 1951. She was employed at Ramsey / Dana Corp.

She was predeceased by daughters Debra and Diane Copeland; parents Alva and Elsie; Sister Marie-Thérèse; brothers Charles Blankenship and Earl Blankenship and wife Linda.

Lois is survived by her sons Randy Copeland of Austin, Texas, and Roger Copeland and his wife Donna of Gerald; siblings Edgar and Golden Blankenship of Bland, Lana and Danny Gauer of Sullivan, Rich and Donna Blankenship of Steelville, Janet and Mike Terris of St. Charles, Lorene and Mike Ransom of Cuba, Shirl and Jerry Burchum of Sullivan, Lisa and Tony Caltry from Sullivan, Linda and Mark Heuer from Cuba, Carol Schlueter from Bourbon, Rod and Rita Blankenship from Sullivan, Joan and Ronnie Strothcamp from Zalma, and Jack and Betty Blankenship from Sullivan; Spring Bluff’s sister-in-law Shirley Blankenship; eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

A private funeral service was held on Thursday, November 18 at the Cemetery of the Holy Martyrs in Sullivan.

Memorials suggested to the Catholic Church of the Holy Martyrs of Japan.

Arrangements entrusted to Eaton Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Sullivan.


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The report of a school principal, in a difficult season https://coltsneckfair.com/the-report-of-a-school-principal-in-a-difficult-season/ Tue, 23 Nov 2021 13:58:44 +0000 https://coltsneckfair.com/the-report-of-a-school-principal-in-a-difficult-season/ At the November 9, 2021 meeting of the Archuleta School Board, Superintendent Kym LeBlanc-Esparza presented the following report, via Zoom. She addressed the Council. “I know you are interested in an update. And I started this morning writing about where we are… a little bit about the current state of affairs in our district. And […]]]>

At the November 9, 2021 meeting of the Archuleta School Board, Superintendent Kym LeBlanc-Esparza presented the following report, via Zoom.

She addressed the Council.

“I know you are interested in an update. And I started this morning writing about where we are… a little bit about the current state of affairs in our district. And I went from 29 cases this morning to 36 cases at the end of the day.

“We definitely have an increase in student and staff cases in our district, and our community has seen 87 since November 1, so we’re definitely seeing an increase.

“I know you’ve seen in the media that Colorado has seen increases, but here in Archuleta County we’ve seen some really big increases over the past eight days.”

Cases appear to have peaked in Archuleta County on November 12, with an incidence rate of more than 100 confirmed cases in the previous week. But time will tell.

Dr. LeBlanc-Esparza continued:

“We work hard to keep all of our learning ‘in person’, but the challenges are really not only cases within our student body, but also shortages among guardians, bus drivers, as well as substitute roles. not provided for teacher absences.

“I know there were comments earlier. I just want to provide some data, so people have a bit of context.

“For example, last Friday we had 18 staff absences, with only two replacements. The high school was far away at the time… Oh, I’m sorry, I meant, there were two teaching positions. without submarines

“The high school was far away, which certainly had an impact, as teachers could teach from a distance. But last Monday, when they were in person, we had four teaching positions that weren’t filled. Tuesday we had six without submarines.

“It sounds like a lot. But we also had sixteen non-commissioned officers working in the district that day. To put it in perspective, we certainly have a shortage of subscribers, but we have quite a few working in our district. We have a lot of absences right now, and a lot of them are illness related.

“Today we had seven jobs without submarines and seven submarines working in the district. To provide a bit of context there.

“The staff do what they can, replace themselves, and every day is a challenge. They must give up their [planning period] when they cover each other up, so it’s really hard to prepare for that next class. The administrator also covers the courses every day.

“I would like to appeal to members of the public who are with us today [via Zoom]. We to do need subs. If you are interested, we will take your application tomorrow. Please register with the District, as we need people. It’s a tough time, and we want to keep the students “in person” and where we can, we will.

“Everything has a bit of a domino effect. I expected we would all go much further with strategic planning, goal setting, timing. The work is being done, but it is being done at a much slower pace than I have ever had to accept, in leadership. This is the era we are in, and our management team is working hard, but the tyranny of urgency is definitely taking hold.

“Some of the public comments [this evening] talked about the discipline and the problems that are happening in our school district. We are certainly seeing an increase in discipline [problems]. We have seen more fights this year than in the last three years. We had a meeting with our police department on Friday – building level leaders and myself, with Chief Rockensock and members of the Sheriff’s Office – to talk about some of the more extreme discipline cases we see … disrespectful behavior and physical aggression towards members of our staff … and we ask them to help us ensure that our [School Resource Officers] please feel well prepared to help us solve this problem. Because whenever we have to face this, there is the potential to disrupt the learning environment and deprive students of learning.

“My second play is San Juan Mountain School…”

San Juan Mountain School is a district-run “alternative” high school that operates in conjunction with Pagosa Springs High School. SJMS opened this year in a new building facing the high school parking lot, where vocational learning will form a large part of the teaching.

“I am incredibly grateful for the work that Stewart [Bellina] and Jos [Sanchez] done, helping Todd [Stevens] put the building in place and connect it. But I will share that we are still under a temporary occupancy certificate. The school must have been running for over a month at first with only “hot spots” as they waited for CenturyLink and Durango Electric to help complete the wiring and connect everything. We are still waiting for permanent wiring connections as we speak. Jesse [Morehouse] works on key card access points and fire prevention systems.

“This process took longer, and it was certainly more complicated than it should have been. But the team persevered and got the approval to welcome our children and have them serve in our neighborhood.

“Now the problem is they are already overcrowded.

“I encourage us to make sure that – over the next two months – we put the San Juan Mountain school on the agenda, so that we can discuss, what is phase two, what is is phase three? Because there are definitely requests for registration, which is a good thing. Students stay with us, rather than go [local charter high school GOAL Academy] or pick up.

“We have to think, as soon as possible, of more space for them …”

(Disclosure: I sit on the board of directors of Pagosa Peak Open School, the district-licensed K-8 charter school located in Aspen Village. PPOS has also faced various challenges related to COVID – absences from students, staff shortage Noticeably enough for a charter school – a type of public school often strained by lack of space – PPOS did not suffer from overcrowded conditions.)

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“I thought I was in a movie”: Woodstock mother escapes house fire with five children https://coltsneckfair.com/i-thought-i-was-in-a-movie-woodstock-mother-escapes-house-fire-with-five-children/ Sun, 21 Nov 2021 23:58:14 +0000 https://coltsneckfair.com/i-thought-i-was-in-a-movie-woodstock-mother-escapes-house-fire-with-five-children/ WOODSTOCK – A mother and her five children are staying at a hotel after a fire forced them to leave their home in Woodstock. The teams were called to the Thompson Street property on Saturday around 7:15 p.m. “Upon arrival, the firefighters encountered thick smoke and a fire inside the basement of the structure,” said […]]]>

WOODSTOCK –

A mother and her five children are staying at a hotel after a fire forced them to leave their home in Woodstock.

The teams were called to the Thompson Street property on Saturday around 7:15 p.m.

“Upon arrival, the firefighters encountered thick smoke and a fire inside the basement of the structure,” said Lukasz Kasprzyk, fire prevention officer with the Woodstock Fire Department.

The flames eventually got inside the walls, forcing firefighters to back down as they feared the first floor would collapse.

The crews were forced to tear down an exterior wall in order to contain the “very stubborn fire” from the exterior. They finally put out the flames around 1:30 a.m.

Everyone who lived in the house came out unharmed and no injuries were reported.

The cause is still being determined, but it is not considered suspicious.

Inspectors estimate the damage to be around $ 500,000.

The first floor has partially collapsed, but further examination is needed to see if the house can be salvaged or will need to be demolished.

“The damage to the upper levels is minimal,” Kasprzyk said. “The majority of the structure is compromised in the basement and on the first floor. “

“The smoke came out about ten feet from the door and then blew out,” neighbor William Johnson said.

Andrea Arango and her five children rent the house. They are now staying in a hotel until they can work out the next steps with their owner.

“I was in shock,” she said. “Words can’t describe. I thought I was in a movie.”

Arango said she received an alert on her phone from her smoke detector and then noticed smoke coming from the basement.

“My daughter said ‘It’s on fire’, then my oldest grabbed the little one and ran out, and everyone ran away.”

Arango said his family lost many essentials.

“Sure, my kids need clothes, they need jackets, they need shoes. They don’t have anything right now.”



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Harlem, NY – Two dead and eight injured in apartment fire at W. 112th St and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd https://coltsneckfair.com/harlem-ny-two-dead-and-eight-injured-in-apartment-fire-at-w-112th-st-and-adam-clayton-powell-jr-blvd/ Sat, 20 Nov 2021 03:08:10 +0000 https://coltsneckfair.com/harlem-ny-two-dead-and-eight-injured-in-apartment-fire-at-w-112th-st-and-adam-clayton-powell-jr-blvd/ Harlem, NY (November 19, 2021) – Two people died when a fire broke out in an apartment building in Harlem on Friday, November 19. Eight other people, including two firefighters and two children, were treated for smoke inhalation and various other injuries but are expected to survive. Dozens of people were inside the five-story building […]]]>

Harlem, NY (November 19, 2021) – Two people died when a fire broke out in an apartment building in Harlem on Friday, November 19.

Eight other people, including two firefighters and two children, were treated for smoke inhalation and various other injuries but are expected to survive.

Dozens of people were inside the five-story building on the corner of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and West 112th Street when the fire started inside one of the units around 1:30 a.m.

The deceased has since been identified as Adianatou-Nene Korouma, 37, married with two children, and Charles Brown, 81, Vietnam War veteran and retired music teacher.

Korouma and nine other victims, including her 4-year-old and 3-week-old children, and two firefighters, were taken to local hospitals with multiple injuries, including smoke inhalation.

All survivors are currently in stable condition.

Authorities said the cause of the fire was still under investigation,

We would like to offer our sincere condolences to the families victims at that time. Our hearts go out to all who have been affected by this tragedy. We understand that there is absolutely nothing more devastating than the unexpected loss of a family member, especially if the accident that claimed their lives could have been avoided in any way possible.

Our wrongful death attorney in New York is available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you may have regarding the fatal accident that claimed the life of your loved one. Call 1-888-657-1460 to be connected with our Harlem Wrongful Death Advocate today. You will receive a free case assessment, a free copy of the police accident report and assurance that your legal rights will be protected.

New York fire-related deaths

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for managers, landlords and landowners to cut corners in order to increase their income despite the dangers that could befall residents. If the negligence of any of these people played a role in the fire, you could have a valid claim against them.

A clever Personal Injury Lawyer in New York conduct a thorough investigation of the fire and the events surrounding it and identify any potential violations such as:

  • Failure to properly inspect and repair fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, overhead sprinklers and other fire detection and prevention devices
  • Failure to operate in accordance with fire and building codes
  • Failure to repair or replace faulty and / or damaged appliances, electrical wires, gas lines or other potential sources of fire in a timely manner

To have a strong claim, you must prove that the fire was caused by someone else’s negligence. A New York City personal injury attorney will know how to investigate the incident, review insurance and real estate documents, and analyze the damage and other evidence to determine who could be legally responsible for your injuries or the death of a member. of your family.

Harlem wrongful death lawyers

After losing a loved one in a reckless, reckless or no-fault New York accident victim, it can seem like no amount of compensation can make you feel full again. While it is true that no financial restitution can ever fully compensate your losses, filing a wrongful death claim against the responsible party (s) can go a long way in helping you find some semblance of peace.

Local Accident Reports was created as a resource for families who have lost a loved one in a sudden personal injury accident in New York City. We provide invaluable resources and information to anyone grieving the loss of a family member, especially if that loss occurred as a result of an accident beyond the victim’s control.

We are ready to work to protect your rights and fight for the justice you and your loved ones deserve. If you have suffered a fatal accident caused by the reckless, reckless, negligent or intentional actions of another person, you should immediately consult a lawyer. Call our New York wrongful death attorney at 1-888-657-1460 to obtain a free police accident report and start today on the path to righteousness.

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The legacy of the fire prevention officer will live on https://coltsneckfair.com/the-legacy-of-the-fire-prevention-officer-will-live-on/ Thu, 18 Nov 2021 19:30:00 +0000 https://coltsneckfair.com/the-legacy-of-the-fire-prevention-officer-will-live-on/ Eastwood Baptist Child Care in Haughton hosted a “Bob Fireman Day” to show their love and appreciation on Thursday July 15th. (Stacey Tinsley, Bossier Press-Tribune) The local community mourns the loss of Robert Callahan, fire prevention officer for the Bossier Parish Fire District, better known as “Fireman Bob”. Robert Callahan was born in Albany, New […]]]>

Eastwood Baptist Child Care in Haughton hosted a “Bob Fireman Day” to show their love and appreciation on Thursday July 15th. (Stacey Tinsley, Bossier Press-Tribune)

The local community mourns the loss of Robert Callahan, fire prevention officer for the Bossier Parish Fire District, better known as “Fireman Bob”.

Robert Callahan was born in Albany, New York on March 21, 1960. He grew up in Albany, New York. He attended Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vermont (he earned a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management). He passed away on November 12, 2021 after leading a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

“Firefighter Bob Callahan, more commonly known as Fireman Bob, was a pillar of the fire service community in our area. Bob worked full time for the Bossier 1 Fire District and part time for the Haughton Fire Department. Bob has dedicated 42 years to firefighters. And his passion for teaching children about fire safety was inspiring. He was a local celebrity among the children of Haughton. Not only has he taught our children, but he has also presented courses at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) on several occasions, which is a very prestigious honor. We mourn his loss, but we rejoice that he no longer suffers. Bob was a unique person. And he won’t be forgotten, ”said Jimmy Holland, Haughton Fire Chief.

Callahan began his career as a firefighter as a volunteer with the Lyndon State College Fire Department, where he would become a captain and later fire chief. He continued in the fire department working with several departments in New York, Massachusetts and Vermont.

Prior to his death, he completed his service with Bossier Parish Fire District 1 and as a Fire Prevention Officer and Training Officer for Webster Fire Districts 3 and 7. He also volunteered with the Haughton Fire Department.

He was also an assistant instructor for the LSU Fire and Training Institute. And, he was also a contract instructor for the National Fire Academy. In addition, he spent several years as a full-time and part-time employee of Balentine Ambulance.

“Fireman Bob” has lived his life in the service of his neighbor. Great is his reward in paradise. He will be sorely missed, ”said Dodie Horton, District 9 State Representative.

Callahan was laid to rest on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at Hill Crest Memorial Park in Haughton, LA. Numerous fire engines and firefighters from across the region drove the funeral procession escorting him to his final resting place.


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Vintage Views: Railway Parts Lost Over The Years https://coltsneckfair.com/vintage-views-railway-parts-lost-over-the-years/ Tue, 16 Nov 2021 23:07:21 +0000 https://coltsneckfair.com/vintage-views-railway-parts-lost-over-the-years/ I walk in silence as the sun warms me on this cool autumn morning. This place that I visit is empty of people while the past is not known to some. People pass along the road without a second glance at the desolate landscape, that vacant piece of our now so empty past. These are […]]]>

I walk in silence as the sun warms me on this cool autumn morning. This place that I visit is empty of people while the past is not known to some. People pass along the road without a second glance at the desolate landscape, that vacant piece of our now so empty past. These are the Concord Railroad Shops that I walk through today, alone with my thoughts on what once was.

There have been several railroads in Concord since the arrival of the very first train. With Concord being a central location, geography still holds pieces of these railroads, coming together today, rusted, scrapped, and lost over the years. The Concord Railroad Shops are located about a mile south of our much loved and somewhat sacred train depot that once graced the area along Storrs Street between our Main Street and the River Merrimack. With a vibrant past and a railway history stretching back over a century here in Concord, some of us still have memories deeply rooted in our hearts. We call it nostalgia.

With our rich rail history, thousands of employees built their careers in the railroad with thousands of train departures and arrivals and much more. This railway epicenter needed to maintain trains and build new ones, requiring an area focused on the mechanical aspect of railway operations. The Concord Railroad Shops were used for this purpose, far and slightly off the site of people getting on and off trains at the depot. Maintenance has always been a priority, stores a mile to the south were needed to keep the trains running. Since the first railways in operation there have been various maintenance shops in the southern end of our town, growing with use, sometimes abandoned, but resurrected once again as the ownership and names of the railways were changing.

It was the Boston and Main Railroad that survived and flourished here in our city. The Boston and Maine Railroad built a huge railroad store here in 1897, supporting several Boston and Maine Railroads operating facilities such as the South Division, Nashua and Portland, Worcester, White Mountains and local activity. The Boston and Main stores occupied a 26-acre parcel of land in Concord, with the actual buildings on the site covering 4.6 acres. The construction of 1897 allowed the railroad to provide the most extravagant service and manufacturing available during this period. The famous General Peaslee locomotive was built in Concord years before this 1897 expansion, known as New England’s largest locomotive for many years. General Peaslee was used as a postal carrier to reach points between Concord and Nashua.

The Concord Railroad Shops designed and built by the Boston and Main Railroad tended to offer the ability to consolidate labor while saving overall operations. It was known as a very convenient and efficient operation. All buildings had one story except for offices and storage areas, planned and constructed with the eternal thought of efficiency, the buildings had tall windows allowing as much natural light as possible. The building locations were all strategic and allowed for easy loading and unloading while each building was kept away from the others to aid in fire prevention. Bricks and mortar with fire retardant roofing material were essential to further suppress fire problems. Many buildings were also constructed with the ability to easily extend the length of the building for further development with installed services very similar to a small town. The stores were hooked up to city water and sewers in 1897 with two massive Concord water lines provided, one for combat fire if needed while the other line was for common use. The shops also had their own steam plant, distributed their own electricity, a lumber shed, a forge, a dry house, a mill, a cabinet, tin and pipe workshops with heavy cranes. There was a boiler shop, an assembly shop and a machine shop as well as other specialty stores. There was a freight and passenger repair shop with a very nice laundry room. The laundry room was used by all employees at the end of their shifts to shower and wash, as stores tended to dirty clothes and workers in the process. The paint shop was quite extravagant and included skilled painters who applied finish paint to the outside of the trains, varnish to the inside of the trains, and bold letters to let the public know it was cars and locomotives from Boston and the Maine Railroad. Concord Shops manufactured many of their own tools and did their own custom fabrications while providing storage space for all operational divisions in northern New England.

With the construction of the Concord Railroad Shops in 1897, there were six main buildings on the site with several small buildings for storage and various facilities all linked by tracks for ease of movement. This large parcel of land also served as storage for railroad tracks and supplies to operate the Boston and Maine Railroad in New England.

In the early 1920s the stores were updated again with the addition of a rotunda, a turntable, a coal shed, a sand house, water tanks and a pumping station. As we greeted the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, the rail industry faced a decline in traffic concentrating their repairs from outlying areas to stores in Billerica, Massachusetts. The landscape of northern New England was changing. People were driving cars themselves and airports were becoming popular. The railroad continued to decline. Wooden railroad cars were now made of steel, while detailed maintenance was less and less needed with each season that approached. During the 1950s, the railroad continued to decline. The Concord Railroad Shops were closed permanently in July 1958. The Concord Railroad Shops were sold to a real estate developer in the summer of 1959 and ownership changed hands several times over the decades. The Boston and Maine Railroad Shops eventually became known as Concord Industrial Park, accessible from South Main Street. The Coach and Freight Shop building was consumed by fire in 1988 and some remaining buildings have now been removed.

As I leave the old Boston and Maine Railroad stores in Concord, I look back, thinking of the thousands of men who started their careers in the railroads and eventually retired as than old people. All that remains is the spirit of the past, waving to the curious while letting others pass without knowing it.


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Deadly crowd influxes have been occurring for decades. Safety standards exist, but they are not mandatory nationally https://coltsneckfair.com/deadly-crowd-influxes-have-been-occurring-for-decades-safety-standards-exist-but-they-are-not-mandatory-nationally/ Fri, 12 Nov 2021 00:45:54 +0000 https://coltsneckfair.com/deadly-crowd-influxes-have-been-occurring-for-decades-safety-standards-exist-but-they-are-not-mandatory-nationally/ By Holly Yan, CNN Paul Wertheimer has spent four decades trying to prevent deadly crowd influxes since the 1979 The Who concert disaster in Cincinnati, Ohio changed his life. Eleven young people, aged 15 to 27, died in a crowd crash at the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati. “There were loads of shoes and clothes,” said […]]]>

By Holly Yan, CNN

Paul Wertheimer has spent four decades trying to prevent deadly crowd influxes since the 1979 The Who concert disaster in Cincinnati, Ohio changed his life.

Eleven young people, aged 15 to 27, died in a crowd crash at the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati.

“There were loads of shoes and clothes,” said Wertheimer, who responded to the scene as the city’s public information official. “I couldn’t shake the feeling after studying this incident and being there.”

Keys to avoiding disaster in a large crowd

At the time, there were no federal regulations on crowd safety.

Fast forward to 2021, and that hasn’t changed.

But the recent tragedy of the Astroworld festival in Houston, who killed nine people aged 14 to 27, renewed questions on crowd safety – and whether national regulations are needed.

A mishmash of safety standards across the United States

There is no federal crowd safety law. But the National Fire Protection Association’s 101 Personal Safety Code is considered the gold standard, said Wertheimer, who founded consulting firm Crowd Management Strategies after the The Who concert tragedy.

The code is revised every three years and has been adopted in more than 400 jurisdictions and agencies – from state fire marshals’ offices to local governments, said Engineer Tracy Vecchiarelli, head of NFPA standards for protection against fire. building fires and personal safety.

The 2021 edition features several standards for crowd safety, including:

– Have at least one crowd manager for 250 occupants during an event.

– In places larger than 10,000 square feet, the crowd density should not exceed one person for every 7 square feet (approximately 2.6 feet by 2.6 feet).

– There must be adequate access to exits. In areas without well-defined exits, exits can be distributed around the perimeter as long as they can accommodate the whole crowd.

– Life safety assessments are required for events of more than 6,000 people. These assessments should detail safety measures in the event of medical emergencies, natural disasters and other possible emergencies.

But not everyone has adopted the NFPA code. And some have adopted different versions of it, such as older versions, modified versions or selected chapters of the code, Vecchiarelli said.

This leaves a mishmash of laws and safety standards across the country.

“Of course I would like everyone to have the latest and most recent standards adopted and applied,” said Vecchiarelli, “because that’s what will create the safest environment for everyone. “

She said anyone trying to see if the NFPA safety code has been passed in their area can check the NFPA Code Lookup.

When people are pulled “like corks from a bottle of wine”

Festival seats – where fans don’t have seats and can rush to the stage – are the most dangerous setup for crowds, Wertheimer said.

“The danger of festival seating is that it forces people to compete against each other because everyone bought a ticket for the same price, and everyone is considering… they are entitled to that perfect seat in front of the stage,” he said. he declared.

And the dangers of a crowd crush have long been documented.

“The intense pressures from the crowd, exacerbated by anxiety, make it difficult to breathe,” wrote John Fruin, retired research engineer, in an article titled, “The causes and prevention of crowd disasters. “

“At occupancy rates of around 7 people per square meter, the crowd almost becomes a fluid mass. Shock waves can propagate through the mass enough to lift people off their feet and propel them for distances of 3 m (10 ft) or more. People can literally be taken off their shoes and have clothes ripped off, ”Fruin wrote in the document originally presented in 1993 and revised in 2002.

“The heat and thermal insulation of the surrounding bodies cause some to be weakened and passed out. Access to those who fall is impossible. Eliminating people in distress can only be accomplished by lifting them up and passing them over the outside of the crowd. “

Wertheimer said those scenes took place in many crowd crushes, with people stepping out in front of the crowd like a cork in a bottle of wine.

That doesn’t mean festival seating should be banned, Wertheimer said. He said it can be “reasonably safe” when NFPA standards are enforced, especially when it comes to limiting crowd density.

“But here’s the catch,” Wertheimer said. “Reducing density means reducing the number of people. Fewer people, fewer tickets sold.

The importance of crowd management (not just crowd control)

Festival seating is just one factor that contributed to the deadly crowd influxes, Wertheimer said. Another is the mismanagement of crowds.

There’s a big difference between crowd control – or trying to keep people in designated areas – and crowd management, which takes into account crowd psychology and predicts what issues might arise.

The Who concert tragedy in 1979 occurred on a cold December evening. Fans had already waited outside for hours, eager to rush out and get the best standing spot near the stage.

So when fans outside heard the band soundchecking, they mistakenly thought the gig had started, causing the crowd to crush to death.

“No one contacted the fans. No one knew what was going on,” said Wertheimer, chief of staff of the Cincinnati Task Force on Crowd Control and Security – which was formed to investigate the disaster. .

With good crowd management, “the dangers of the festival headquarters would have been considerably, considerably reduced.”

No national standards on event permits

Another potential gap in crowd safety is the lack of uniform regulations on the authorization of events, Wertheimer said.

“There are permit systems, but they vary from state to state and city to city. That’s part of the problem, ”said Wertheimer, who is also a former member of the Cincinnati Event Permit Review Committee.

Without uniform standards, some jurisdictions may face a conflict of interest.

For example, local officials who want the economic boost from a major event may be willing to approve permits without pushing back on gaps in safety plans, such as plans to prevent or mitigate crowd crashes with traffic. festival seats.

Some may fear losing the event to an area with a less strict approval process, Wertheimer said. “There has to be some national consistency. “

Cincinnati revamped its permit approval process after the The Who concert tragedy and even banned festival seating. The city then re-authorized festival seats after passing NHPA safety standards, Wertheimer said.

If he was still on a permit committee, Wertheimer said he would never support a request involving festival seats if it didn’t include a clear plan to prevent and mitigate crowd crushes. But someone in another city or state could do it.

What security experts want to see happen

Wider adoption of the NFPA Safety Code would be a good start, said Vecchiarelli, the NFPA’s senior engineer.

But just because a city, county, or state doesn’t use NFPA standards doesn’t mean there aren’t safety rules.

“I think every jurisdiction probably has some type of code in place for emergencies and security events,” Vecchiarelli said. “It is therefore up to these local jurisdictions to enforce them. “

And some cities can learn from the tragedies of other cities. After The Who concert disaster, Cincinnati decided to open the doors to major events 90 minutes before a show started, rather than 30 minutes before to help avoid a wave, Wertheimer said.

He said another possible way to reduce the risk of massive crowd crushing at festival seats is to have barriers dividing the festival seating area.

But Wertheimer said he would like to see clear training standards for crowd managers; uniform licensing standards for all promoters; a common radio frequency or other mode of communication between private and public emergency personnel; and wider adoption of crowd safety standards.

With stricter security measures in place, he said, future crowd crushes could be avoided.

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| Lake Fork Fire – Sandoval County – Nov 8, 2021 Fire InformationNM https://coltsneckfair.com/lake-fork-fire-sandoval-county-nov-8-2021-fire-informationnm/ Mon, 08 Nov 2021 20:04:02 +0000 https://coltsneckfair.com/lake-fork-fire-sandoval-county-nov-8-2021-fire-informationnm/ November 8, 2021 by WMason The Lake Fork Fire, located 7 miles northwest of Jemez Springs, NM on the USDA Forest Service (USFS) – Santa Fe National Forest, is currently 50% contained. No structure is threatened. The fire is estimated at 50 acres and shows minimal activity. The Lake Fork fire was originally reported at […]]]>

The Lake Fork Fire, located 7 miles northwest of Jemez Springs, NM on the USDA Forest Service (USFS) – Santa Fe National Forest, is currently 50% contained. No structure is threatened. The fire is estimated at 50 acres and shows minimal activity. The Lake Fork fire was originally reported at 3:35 p.m. on Saturday, November 6, 2021, near Fenton Lake State Park. The blaze started on state land before moving to the Jemez Ranger district. Additional smoke can be seen in the coming days as the fire reaches unburned pockets of fuel inside. About 21 staff from the Forestry Division, Sandoval County, and the USFS are working on full containment. The cause is still under investigation.

People susceptible to smoke from wildfires should take precautions and use the New Mexico Department of Health’s 5-3-1 visibility method to determine if it is safe to be outside. Learn more about https://nmtracking.org/environment/air/FireAndSmoke.html.

Start date and time: November 6, 2021 – 1535

Place of departure : 11 km on the northwest of Jemez Springs, NM

Latitude: 35.875556 N

Longitude: -106.744167 W

Cause of the fire: under investigation

Vegetation in the area: Ponderosa pine, ground vegetation (shrubs, grass, pine needles)

Estimated Acres Burned: 50

Property (s): State and USFS

Endangered structures: No

Burnt structures: none

Evacuations: No

Media contact

Wendy mason
Forest fire prevention and communications coordinator
Department of Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources

Forestry Division
wendy.mason@state.nm.us


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School vaccination clinics to be held across region for pediatric COVID-19 vaccines | Public Service News https://coltsneckfair.com/school-vaccination-clinics-to-be-held-across-region-for-pediatric-covid-19-vaccines-public-service-news/ Sat, 06 Nov 2021 20:45:00 +0000 https://coltsneckfair.com/school-vaccination-clinics-to-be-held-across-region-for-pediatric-covid-19-vaccines-public-service-news/ LOWVILLE – In addition to providing full courses of COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots, county public health departments are working on plans to get the recently approved pediatric doses of Pfizer vaccine to children ages 5 to 11 as soon as possible . St. Lawrence County already has a clinic scheduled from 9 a.m. to […]]]>

LOWVILLE – In addition to providing full courses of COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots, county public health departments are working on plans to get the recently approved pediatric doses of Pfizer vaccine to children ages 5 to 11 as soon as possible .

St. Lawrence County already has a clinic scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 13 at St. Lawrence University, 100 Park Street, Canton.

People can sign up for the pediatric vaccine or the first comprehensive Pfizer vaccine for people 12 years of age and older offered at this clinic.

To make things fun and create some distraction for the kids, college mascots, kindergarten students and firefighters teaching fire prevention will be at the clinic, the county’s acting director of public health said, Jolene F. Munger.

To get as many children vaccinated as possible, Ms Munger said she and her team will organize 20 school clinics in the county in nine days.

“No one ever said that Saint-Laurent was not ambitious,” she said, “but in order for all the kids to finish their second doses in school, you have to finish them by the 30th, otherwise you fall on winter vacation. “

Registration is required for both versions of the vaccine and can be done on the public health website, wdt.me/SLCHealth, or by calling 315-386-2325.

Jefferson County will follow the same plan that worked with older school-aged children, according to public health planner Faith Lustik, including in partnership with the North Country Family Health Center.

“For the 12 to 17 year olds, we went to different places in the county that were centrally located to maybe two schools and that were functioning very well,” said Ms. Lustik. “The North Country Family Health Center is going to run some of the clinics and we are going to do some of them. “

Dates will be set for clinics as soon as advance directives are issued by the state health ministry.

Following the school clinics, injections for children ages 5 to 11 will be available at the Watertown public health units.

Ms Lustik said the department also hopes pediatricians will offer the injections in their offices.

In Lewis County, Pfizer pediatric vaccination clinics will be held at all five schools from November 15, Director of Public Health Ashley Waite said in an email.

Parents will be informed of the schedule and registration information directly by the school.

For more information on Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination for children, visit the county public health websites or the free “COVID-19 Vaccine Ask a Doc” service on the Regional Planning Organization website. the health of Fort Drum, fdrhpo.org.

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