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 (1980 Articles)
Former President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union (2009-2018) and a professional firefighter with more than 30 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 former 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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