Unit I Case Study Case Study 1: 50 points

Read the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology report on the February 20, 2003 fire at The Station nightclub in Rhode Island that killed 100 people. The report is available at http://www.nist.gov/manuscript-publication-search.cfm?pub_id=100988 Prepare a memo to your fire chief that outlines the “lessons learned” from that incident and that addresses corrective actions that your department and/or the state fire marshal should take. Your response should be at least 300 words in length. You are required to use at least your textbook as source material for your response. All sources used, including the textbook, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying citations.

Case Study 2: 50 points

Read the NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation Report F-2001-16 on the LODD of a career firefighter who died in responding to a house fire resulting from an improperly installed hot water heater. The report is available at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/fire/reports/face200116.html. The firefighter’s widow filed suit against the heating and ventilation company that sold the water heater, the plumber that installed it, and the homeowner. The case never went to hearing since it was settled during the pre-trial discovery stage, as is commonplace. Research the fireman’s rule in your state, and determine whether it has been modified by statute. Discuss the above incident and whether you believe each of the defendant’s would be found liable under the current status of the rule in your state and whether that is fair and reasonable. Your response should be at least 300 words in length. You are required to use at least your textbook as source material for your response. All sources used, including the textbook, must be referenced; paraphrased and quoted material must have accompanying citations. Please submit your Case Study 1 and 2 responses as one word document.

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