(April 10, 2007) -- LBReport.com posts below extended audio from an April 3, 2007 hearing by the City Council's Public Safety Committee (chair, Val Lerch; vice chair Rae Gabelich; member Gerrie Schipske) on the issue of retrofitting LB high rises with anti-fire sprinklers.
The hearing took place in the wake of the February 28, 2007 fire in the 2999 E. Ocean Blvd. Galaxy high rise...from which an 18th floor resident jumped to his death as flames bore down on him. On December 8, 2006, a major fire in the NLB Paradise Gardens three story apartment complex claimed two lives. Both buildings were built before LB fire regulations required sprinklers for such buildings.
The extended audio (nearly an hour) speaks for itself. You'll hear a "whoosh" sound to indicate edits.
To launch the audio, click the following link:
City Council's Public Safety Committee re High Rise Sprinkler Retrofits, April 3, 2007 (Total running time 54:55)
The first voice heard is LB Fire Marhshal Hank Teran
[Large file; depending on your connection and computer, audio make take a bit to load. The "real audio" format plays via software many people already have on their computer. If you don't have the player software, you can download it free [caveat: check your system requirements and make sure the link on the page indicates it's free] at: RealOne player download]
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