US Fire Chiefs Learn Lessons at High-Rise Fire Conference in Minneapolis

August 18, 2017 06:47 PM

In the past few months, the world has seen a number of high profile high-rise building fires, some of which turned deadly.

The most notable was the fire in June that engulfed London's Grenfell Tower, killing at least 79 people.

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These types of fires had chiefs and fire marshals from across the U.S. coming together for a conference in Minneapolis.

The conference focused on ways to make high-rise environments safe for residents and firefighter, as well ways to prevent high-rise fire through the use of sprinklers and other supression systems.

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One of the attendees of this conference was Manuel Neves, the chief of the Honolulu Fire Department. Last month, a fire broke out on the 26th floor of a high-rise building in Honolulu.

Three people died and more than a dozen were hurt. The building was not required to have a sprinkler system because it was built in 1971. 

Neves shared his story about his department's efforts to fight the fire and save lives. He added other chiefs have reached out to offer their support and advice on best practices for fighting future high-rise fires. 

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Amanda Theisen

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