Toronto bell canada central office fire

nathan@robotics.NET (Nathan Stratton) writes:

As a volunteer fire fighter I will agree with you on that one. I often
wonder why more people don't sue for damage, I guess there is
little they can do. Some people in fire fighters actually have fun
cutting holes where they don't need cut or flooding places with water
they know don't need it. Our department is very good, but many of them are
not concerned with the property at all.

One of the lessons from the Los Angeles CO fire was the danger to
firefighters with fires in telecommunication facilities. Fortunately
such fires are rare. But that rarity means few departments have any
experience with such fires. Hinsdale was a wake up call for the
telecommunications industry, L.A. was a wake up call for the fire
service. Five years later, NFPA, AT&T and Telcordia (bellcore) are
still debating what should be done. For the most part, the experience
has not yet reached down to either the local fire departments or the
people building data and telecommunication facilities.

http://www.nfpa.org/Research/summaries/los_angeles.html

Having been a firefighter/paramedic in a past life... There have been
several instances in recent memory where fire departments have been sued
(and had to pay damages) where unnecessary or excessive damage was caused
by their response to an emergency call.

One example that always stuck in my mind:

Breaking down a door that would have opened if they tried the handle.

The last thing I want to do is sue the local fire department though. I've
seen houses burn to the ground because of political garbage like this and
just like any other profession, firefighters remember things like lawsuits
-- especially when the moneys spent in settlement could have been used to
procure livesaving / live-sustaining equipment.

Yep, as a firefighter I can say that is very correct. It is sorta like the
cops pulling over the fire truck. Technically the truck is not aloud to
speed on the way to a fire. One copy having a bad day pulled us over and
gave us a ticket. The call we were on was a false alarm, so no damage was
done, but it was a real fire I am sure there would have been a much larger
political mess.

Anyway, this is off topic enough.