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Resource ID: #18872
Subject: Fire Departments
Source: CBS News
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Date: Aug. 14

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A CBS News investigation discovers that "the US Forest Service had consistently ignored calls to revamp its standard-issue fire shelter," which had contributed to the deaths of several fire-fighters in recent years. The story reports on the efforts of a fire shelter designer, whose brother firefighter died inside a shelter, to convince the federal authorities to try out a new superior shelter. A major finding is that one of the deceased firefighters from the 2001 Thirty Mile Fire in Washington state died from inhaling fumes produced in result of the melting of the interior of the fire shelter.

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