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Photo: Marc Vasconcellos/The Enterprise

Edward "Sonny" Burrell, the only living firefighter who battled a devastating fire at a Massachusetts theater in 1941, died this week. He was 99. 


The historic blaze occurred at the Strand Theatre in downtown Brockton, killing 13 of Burrell's fellow firefighters and injuring 20 others. The event is still classified as one of the deadliest incidents for firefighters, perNFPA statistics.


According to an article on Wicked Local Brockton, Burrell, who was later named Brockton's fire chief, attended the dedication of the Strand Theatre memorial in 2008 and was honored a year later for his service to the community.

Rest in peace, chief.


NAFFCONAFFCO Group and NFPA will present a series of three NFPA Fire Protection Certificate Programs delivered in the Middle East for the first time. Each program is designed to teach key elements of the Codes under discussion, by experts involved in the development of NFPA Codes and who have direct experience in working in the real world with them.

Each seminar includes review, preparation and an examination (earning a Certificate of Educational Achievement) that will effectively illustrate the concepts and code requirements, including how they apply to specific hazards. Professionals concerned with fire protection and occupancy safety should attend this program. This includes facility managers, designers, engineers, architects, risk managers, facility consultants, project managers and technicians involved in fire protection maintenance.

Instructors include Greg Harrington from the NFPA staff who will be teaching the Life Safety Code program. Intructors from the other two programs serve as NFPA technical committee members and have taught fire suppression and alarm code courses numerous times in the region. NFPA Codes use is increasing by government ministries across the Middle East and the Comprehensive Fire protection Certificate program will help successfully manage interaction with authorities having jurisdiction across the region. 

Learn more about these seminars and register for them today

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