In the latest issue of NFPA Journal®, NFPA Regional Director Russ Sanders wrote a touching tribute to John Ridge, the captain (later colonel) of the Louisville, Kentucky, Fire Department Quad Company #4 who died in October at age 83.
Before his death, Ridge chatted with Sanders about two fire incidents--the Feeder's Supply fire in Louisville in the 1970s and the Texas City fire of 1947. Here's a snippet from Sanders' column:
John explained why he wanted to discuss these two fires. Like the Texas City fire, the Feeder’s Supply fire involved large amounts of ammonium nitrate fertilizer. Unlike Texas City, there were no deaths or injuries at Feeder’s Supply, and the fire was confined to the building of origin. "I read about the Texas City fire in an NFPA publication in 1950, took the lessons learned and incorporated them into our pre-fire planning and training, and put that information to work at the Feeder’s Supply fire," he told me. "NFPA never received the credit it deserved in those days, but I feel NFPA should be recognized, even 40 years after the fact, for the outstanding work it has done in helping prepare fire officers in the field."