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  •  Progressive Texan here. (24+ / 0-)

       One of the appalling parts of this, and there are many, is that Perry seems to believe in the "ignorance is bliss" is the best way to run a State.

        As the Dallas article included a statement:  All the volunteer fire-fighters knew that Ammonia Nitrate was being stored there and the "temporary" mayor wouldn't comment - that is shocking that no one seemed to care about their own community or were afraid to speak out.

         As the State now has 45 days to produce documents - I'm willing to bet a nickel they hope we all forget about this -  Rick will  sure hope that that is the case.

         Everyone mark this on your calendar!


    •  If this is all true... (8+ / 0-)

      What did the fire-fighters really know? Did they know how much was there and were they trained how to handle it?

      All the volunteer fire-fighters knew that Ammonia Nitrate was being stored there..
      Part of the tragedy is first-responders going in to try to put the fire out and dying. If they knew what was there, they would perhaps gone straight to evacuating folks to save lives (including their own).
    •  If they knew it was there... (1+ / 0-)
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      It means they weren't trained on how to handle it.  Its simple, you take two steps when confronted with fire in an explosive storage facility - Long and Fast.

      They shouldn't have been trying to fight the fire, they should have been going round the perimeter, evacuating the stragglers, to say a mile or more away.

      When it was done exploding, they could go in and extinguish fires in the stuff left standing.

      If they were all in the plant fighting an unwinnable battle, instead of evacuating around it, their lack of training may have increased the death toll, beyond their own ranks.  (last I heard, still dozens "unaccounted for")

      This planet needs a lot more kids who think taking a lawnmower apart is more fun than playing a videogame.

      by rjnerd on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 12:50:50 AM PDT

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