NFPA Journal - January/February 2013 - (Page 12)

>> PersPectives VIEWPOINTS ON FIRE + LIFE SAFETY MOving On, nOt FORgEtting Rob Feeney, who survived the fire at The Station nightclub, at the site of the former club in West Warwick, Rhode Island. Bearing Witness On an overcast afternoon in November, Robert Feeney pulls his Toyota Camry into an empty parking lot off Cowesett Avenue, a busy commercial strip in West Warwick, Rhode Island. He gets out of the car and immediately tucks his scarred hands into his jeans to protect them from the autumn chill. Feeney’s oversized black fleece and half-smile cannot mask his uneasiness as he somberly walks from the parking lot to an adjacent plot of grass that was once the location of The Station nightclub. On February 20, 2003, the club was packed with people eager to see the band STATION NIGHTCLUB FIRE 2003—2013 Ten years after a fire killed 100 people at The Station nightclub in Rhode Island, a survivor returns to the site to remember the fiancée and friends he lost, and recount how he became a champion of fire sprinklers. BY FRED DURSO, JR. Great White. Just moments into the show, though, illegal use of pyrotechnics inside the club started a fire that killed 100 people, making it the fourth-deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history. Feeney and more than 200 other people were injured in the blaze. He stops in front of white wooden crosses bearing the names of his fiancée, Donna Mitchell, and two friends, Mary Baker and Pam Gruttadauria, who died in the fire. It’s been nearly four years since Feeney, 41, last visited the site; he was consumed by survivor’s guilt for years, he says, and he’s 12 NFPA JOURNAL JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2013 Photograph: Jon Chomitz

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NFPA Journal - January/February 2013

NFPA Journal - January/february 2013
First Word
In a Flash
Heads Up
Structural Ops
In Compliance
Electrical Safety
Wildfire Watch
Rebuilding a Hospital
Prepping for the Worst
Chicago View: A Preview of the 2013 NFPA Conference & Expo
Long Time Coming
Section Spotlight
What’s Hot
Looking Back

NFPA Journal - January/February 2013