Bankstown fire tragedy exposes inadequate safety measures #FRNSW


Australia: Bankstown fire tragedy exposes inadequate safety measures
By Mark Church
10 September 2012
A young Chinese student died and her friend, a fellow student, was seriously injured as they attempted to escape a fire in their fifth-floor apartment in the Sydney working class suburb of Bankstown last Thursday. The tragedy was a direct result of seriously inadequate fire safety measures in the 10-floor building.
The Euro Terraces building, with 144 units, is home to more than 400 residents, yet has no fire sprinklers. It is one of five similar apartment blocks in a complex that houses hundreds of working class people, particularly immigrants, as well as students.

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About Darin Sullivan (1967 Articles)
President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union and a professional firefighter with more than 25 years’ experience. Father of two daughters, he lives and works on the NSW South Coast, Australia. He is a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around him. He is a Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and works with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist he has long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. Now a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and has decades of experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. He is 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. Darin is also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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