“The disaster, the worst fire of its kind in more than a decade, also raises questions of whether Brazilian authorities are up to the task of ensuring safety in such venues as it prepares to host next year’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympics.”
In like manner, Twentynine Palms also raises questions of whether decisions-makers are up to the task of insuring the safety of the 29 Palms Band of Mission Indian’s investment in a CASINO, or all of the tens of thousand of visitors to the CASINO.
Conjointly, Country Inn, Best Western, Motel Six, and other numerous motels in town including the Roughley Manor Bed & Breakfast pay huge sums of Tourist Development Tax (bed taxes) for public safety and fire protection. After June 30, 2013, all will be in peril and their patrons will be in harms way.
In four months living the aftermath of a gutting fire department, the one engine and its three firefighters are deployed at the far reaches of North Desert Heights on the ground assisting in rescue, first aid and fire suppression. Those un-maintained primitive roads are difficult to maneuver with a cumbersome fire engine and must traverse sandy roads with slow caution.
KEEP IN MIND
LEAR Station 422 will be closed because the city’s possible criminally negligent in failing to provide for public safety. Keep in mind that the downtown Station 421 will continue to service Indian Cove and all of Desert Heights water ratepayers.
Where does this leave those 29 Palms chain hotels, motels and the STATERS Shopping Center, or the three schools for that matter?
Keep in mind Twentynine Palms could conceivably have its own Brazilian-style “firegate” and the morgues in the basin would be overflowing with loved ones and, heaven forbid, the city’s greatest treasure of them all, local students.
Common sense urges our decision-makers to rethink their refusal in looking the other way on their responsibility in terms of public safety and fire protection.
It seems BRAZILIAN authorities may be negligent. “Hundreds of people marched peacefully outside the nightclub Monday night to remember the victims, and demand justice. Some carried signs with slogans such as, “May God’s justice be carried out.”
SANTA MARIA, Brazil (AP) – There was no alarm, no working fire extinguisher, no sprinkler and almost no escape from the nightclub that became a death trap for more than 200 Brazilian college students.
As investigators began poking through the rubble and families mourned their dead, the university city in southern Brazil tried to understand how the Sunday morning blaze that killed 231 people could have been sparked in the first place, then rage rapidly out of control.
Why was there only one door available for exit and entry? What was the flammable material in the ceiling that allowed the conflagration to move so quickly? And, more pointedly, why was a band playing at the club allowed to use pyrotechnics inside the building?
Full story Click Here
JULIANA BARBASSA / Associated Press / Updated Tuesday, January 29 4:51 AM PST
Associated Press writers Marco Sibaja contributed to this report from Brasilia, Brazil, Stan Lehman and Bradley Brooks contributed from Sao Paulo and Jenny Barchfield contributed from Rio de Janeiro.