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Weekly Roundup, August 23, 2009

Bleacher Collapse at Youth Circus

As the crowd rose to their feet to applaud the performers, the bleacher section did a wave and collapsed, sending nearly 450 people to the ground. The temporary bleacher was part of the Youth Circus.  According to reports about 9 people were sent to the hospital.

“The city is in the early stages of an analysis to learn why the bleachers collapsed and is working closely with Circus Juventus to pinpoint the causes. While a permit was issued and the bleachers were inspected in 2006, with no subsequent permits or complaints about the bleachers in the following years, there have been no inspections since then. At this point, it is too early to speculate on why the bleachers collapsed,” said Angie Leitner, spokesperson for Saint Paul’s Department of Safety and Inspections.

NFPA Call for Presentations

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has issued a call for presentations at their annual conference in 2010.  Inspectors are the backbone for NFPA and can provide crucial information to the industry.  Submit your presentation today and get noticed!

View the Call for Presentations

Vision 20/20 Receives Grant for Actions

The Institution of Fire Engineers – USA Branch has been awarded a $385,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security’s Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Program to continue the groundbreaking work of Vision 20/20. This project, first started in 2006, focuses on developing a national strategy for fire loss prevention. Since that time the information developed through this project has become an integral part of a number of national and local organizations working to reduce the tragic impact of fire.

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