One Meridian Plaza Highrise Fire of 1991
Although this fire took place 21 years ago, it remains one of the most significant non-terrorist associated highrise fires in the last century of U.S. fire history. On that fateful evening of February 23, 1991, an alarm of fire was received by the Philadelphia Fire Department reporting a fire on the “upper floors” at One Meridian Plaza. Fire-due fire companies made their best guess assessment of the situation and began fire suppression operations. For this Case Study and analysis you will be using the PDF document titled, “Highrise Office Building Fire One Meridian Plaza, USFA-TR-049” located online at http://www.usfa.fema.gov/downloads/pdf/publications/tr-049.pdf. You must read the document in order to analyze and write your Case Study analysis summation of the incident.
Your Case Study and analysis paper will consist of the following minimum number of pages from beginning to end (for a total of 11 pages): A cover page containing the tile of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date.
Seven pages of summary text addressing the following topics:
o Building construction, occupancy, and fire protection systems
o Response, fire attack, fire spread, loss of lives, and extinguishment
o Strengths and weaknesses of incident command
o Lessons gained or lost with passage of time
A reference page in APA formant