I am troubled that after a fire that took the lives of over 230 people in Brazil that the world media criticizes, that the building didn’t have an automatic fire sprinkler system. However, the U.S. press never asks the senior fire officer at the scene of fatal fires in buildings and residences in this country if it’s a significant issue.
It appears there is a double standard.
We as U.S. citizens expect other countries to protect their citizens with current modern fire safety automatic fire sprinkler systems, but yet year after year we read about our countrymen and women dying in unprotected structures.
Why isn’t anyone speaking up in the U.S, to protect us?
Last Monday there was a vote in the N.J. General Assembly on A-1570, a bill to protect our residents from fire. A partisan vote resulted: 44 Democrats voted yes. 30 Republicans said no.
Now it’s up to the state Senate to pass S-2273.
Lewis J. Candura
Chair, Morris County Democratic Committee
Mount Olive Township