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Revisiting the Gulf Coast Hurricanes

In the aftermath of any major catastrophe it is all too easy to find fault; fault with anybody or anything, just so long as we can fix blame.

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A Safe Approach to Swift Water Rescue

One important item in the surface water rescue standard (as in all the others) is the choice and utilization of the appropriate PPE.

Trial in Hurricane Harvey-Related Chemical Fire to Begin

Three trailers of volatile organic peroxide burned after Hurricane Harvey-related flooding cut electrical power for refrigeration.

New Management Reopens Training Field in Beaumont

Despite being given up for dead by its previous lessee, the Beaumont Fire/Rescue Training Center is on track to reopen in late July, nearly a year since heavy flooding during Hurricane Harvey forced its closure.

Beaumont Closes Fire School Flooded by Harvey

The Beaumont Emergency Safety Training complex, a 70-acre Texas facility founded in 1966 that ranked as one of the country’s foremost industrial fire training schools, has closed after sustaining heavy flood damage from Hurricane Harvey.

An Extinguished Flame

It’s hard to believe that any facility as akin to fire and fury as the Beaumont Emergency Safety Training complex could fade away more gently.

Hurricane Harvey and its Aftermath

Whoever plans for potential disasters considers the most severe possible outcome that can reasonably be projected. Unfortunately, the word "reasonably" cannot be applied to Harvey.

Accepting Different Ways of Thinking

Large platforms do have maneuverability issues, and do take time to set up. This has to be compared with the time, pumps, hose, foam, and staffing needed to develop a 5,000 gpm stream.

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