In 2008 U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,451,500 fires. These fires resulted in 3,320 civilian fire fatalities, 16,705 civilian fire injuries and an estimated $15,478,000,000 in direct property loss. (The direct property loss includes the California Wildfires 2008 with an estimated property loss of $1,400,000,000.) There was a civilian fire death every 158 minutes and a civilian fire injury every 31 minutes in 2008.
In 2008 home fires caused 2,755, or 83%, of the civilian fire deaths. 403,000 fires or 78% of all structure fires occurred in residential properties.
In 2008 every 22 seconds, a fire department responded to a fire somewhere in the nation. A fire occured in a structure at the rate of one every 61 seconds, and in particular a residential fire occurs every 78 seconds. (Source: National Fire Protection Association Fire Loss in the U.S. 2008.)
The above series of images were created from items in the Harrisonburg Fire Department’s fire safety exhibit. The charred and burned items collected by the fire department from fires in the city have been a staple of the department’s fire safety education program for over 20 years according to fire chief Larry Shifflett.
A photo I made on assignment for European Pressphoto at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day made the front of the New York Times today. Interestingly, I photographed this same woman and child at Arlington last year and that photo made the front of the Wall St. Journal.
I was sent by European Pressphoto to cover the arrival of Army PFC Bradley Manning for day four of his court martial being held at Ft. Mead in Maryland. Typical quick perp walk. Time from when he poked his head out of the SUV until he entered the building, about 6 seconds. Does not leave [...]
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