15 years ago today - The Station Nightclub Fire

Discussion in 'Safety' started by egilson1, Feb 20, 2018.

  1. egilson1

    egilson1 Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Rigging specialist
    Boston, MA
    15 years ago today in West Warwick, Rhode Island the 4th deadliest night club fire in America occurred. 100 people lost their lives. 230 more were injured.

    What will YOU do TODAY to make someone else safe?

  2. TimMc

    TimMc Well-Known Member

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    First, a moment of silence for all who have died or have been injured while pursuing a good time...

    To answer your question, what I will do today is what I usually do - make sure I & my crew know where exits are, locate nearby fire extinguishers and alarm pull boxes, not block egress paths with gear or cases, and make sure my crew is informed of any changes to our emergency plan due to venue, staffing or work flow. We will use best practices in all safety related activities.

    The Station fire was a wake up call that in a few more years will be forgotten. About 20 years - a 'generation' - seems to be about the length of time we humans tend to recall such events and get the emotional impact necessary to require changes in regulation, code enforcement and our professional behavior.

    Humans are stubborn things, we don't like change and as performance professionals we tend to get wrapped up in "we always do this/do it this way" along with "the show must go on" (which is about money, not art or safety) and eventually our standards slip lower and lower in order to accommodate the commercial needs of expedience or profit or both.

    So here is my challenge to others - join the Event Safety Alliance. Attend the Safety Summit and take home the idea that best practices save money, health and lives over the long term, and by maintaining professional standards we raise up our industry, crafts and profession.

    EDIT PS - thanks for the picture, @egilson1. We talk about safety in the abstract and in the 3rd person too often. Putting faces on these tragedies brings them into focus and serves to remind us that the next disaster we read out could well include members of our families, our neighbors, our colleagues and coworkers, and strangers we should be concerned about... and maybe ourselves.
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2018
  3. ruinexplorer

    ruinexplorer Sherpa CB Mods Premium Member Fight Leukemia

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    Las Vegas
    There is a book about the tragedy and what happened next.

    Unfortunately, I believe that today also marks the 4th anniversary of the camerawoman who was killed filming Midnight Rider. Safety is not just about preventing large catastrophes, but protecting us all.

    Fortunately I work for a company that looks to safety in so many different ways. That doesn't mean that accidents don't happen, but that hopefully they are minimized.
  4. danhr

    danhr Active Member

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    Security Installer/ Volunteer
    Syracuse NY
    How times have changed....back then a fire was about the worst thing we could imagine. Today...well.

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