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Anyone ever completed any type of safety audit and not ended up with at least one item related to your fire protection systems?  Anyone?  I know I never have and I am a fanatic about my fire protection systems.  I was trained to treat them as “gold”.  No one touches them - PERIOD!  Yet in all my years I can not recall having completed a safety audit where someone found something wrong related to my fire protection systems.  So here are a few items that we can use to raise awareness about code compliance for our fire protection systems.

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the 2014 Boston Brownstone fire that claimed the lives of two Boston firefighters, Lt. Edward Walsh and Michael Kennedy.  The fire was found to have started from welding that took place on a metal handrail in a unit next door.  The 2014 fire was a nine-alarm fire that took place on March 26, 2014 at 2:42 p.m. in a four-story brick row house at 298 Beacon Street in the Back Bay of Boston. The fire also injured eighteen others, including thirteen firefighters. The fire was believed to have been started by welders working at a nearby iron railing. On June 9, 2014, a report was released concluding that Walsh and Kennedy's deaths were both accidental.  On April 4, a number of fire officials, including Boston Fire Commissioner John Hasson, blamed the fire on sparks originating from welding being done on a nearby iron railing. The welders, according to these officials, were operating without a permit and apparently tried to warn others after the fire started.  However, the welders did not call 911, which prompted Ken Donnelly and other Massachusetts politicians to call for criminal charges to be brought against the welding company.


MARPLOT 5.0.1 is now available for download at

What's changed in MARPLOT 5.0.1?

  • Fixed bug where MARPLOT files could get out of sync when a user had a layer with objects in individual graphics mode, then switched the layer to common graphics mode and added an object.  This bug would result in several error messages appearing in MARPLOT.  The fix prevents this issue from happening to layers in 5.0.1, and it also fixes the problem on any out-of-sync layer (from 5.0) the next time an object is added to the layer.
  • Fixed bug where images for object and layer popup notes where not included in MPZ export files.
  • Fixed bug where taking screenshots did not work on the Lion operating system.
  • Fixed several other small bugs and made minor program improvements, primarily to the way files are imported.

Note: If you're upgrading to MARPLOT 5.0.1 from a previous version, follow the instructions on the download page to ensure that your data is transferred successfully to the new version.

MARPLOT 5.0 is now available for download at The program has been completely redesigned and has many new features.

Note: If you're upgrading to MARPLOT 5.0 from MARPLOT 4.x or MARPLOT 3.x, follow the instructions in the guidance documents (provided on the download page) to ensure that your data is transferred successfully to the new version.

Some MARPLOT 5.0 Highlights:


EDMONTON, Oct. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) deploys a team of investigators to the site of a rail accident west of Edmonton in Gainford, Alberta. The CN train derailed 13 cars including 4 units carrying petroleum crude oil and 9 units carrying liquefied petroleum gas. TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.

The TSB is an independent agency that advances transportation safety by investigating occurrences in the marine, pipeline, rail and air modes of transportation. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.

SOURCE: Transportation Safety Board of Canada

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