On December 8, 1961, a 3 alarm fire at the Hartford Hospital left 16 dead (1 doctor, 1 nurse, 2 staff, 5 visitors, 7 patients). The investigation resulted in many healthcare occupancy code changes. These changes effected fire doors, patient rooms/compartmentation, linen/rubbish chutes, fire drills, and staff training.
Hartford Hospital now meets and in many areas exceeds the Connecticut Fire Code, the requirements of The Joint Commission, and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requirements, according to Mike Garrahy, Hartford Hospital’s current fire marshal. “It’s still fresh in our minds up here,” Garrahy adds. “We make sure to go through it with every employee. It’s part of out new employee orientation.” (from NFPA Journal Jan./Feb. 2009)
At the ICC Public Comment Hearings, in Atlantic City (Sept. 29-Oct. 10), there will be proposals brought forward that could allow and promote a decreased level of fire/life safety in healthcare facilities. Stand with us, against these changes and proposals. For more information contact, email@example.com.