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Unit block poorly designed: firefighters

Burn or jump: a horrific decision
The Sydney unit block where a woman died and another was critically injured in a fire would probably not pass current safety regulations, senior firefighters say.
The fire door, which is meant to withstand fire for more than an hour, burnt through.

The two women clung to a narrow window ledge outside their Bankstown unit as the fierce blaze erupted yesterday afternoon.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/unit-block-poorly-designed-firefighters-20120907-25…

About Darin Sullivan (1969 Articles)
President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union and a professional firefighter with more than 25 years’ experience. I live and work on the NSW South Coast, Australia. I am a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around me. I am a Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and work with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist I have long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. I am a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and have 30 years experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. I am passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. I am also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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