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Disasters Man-Made
Book on industrial emergencies available at IFW website store
Vol. 26 Spring

"Disasters Man-Made," a book covering the last half-century of industrial emergency response, is now available for advance sales through the Industrial Fire World website store at The book, written by David White and Anton Riecher, is scheduled to hit the shelves on April 11.

Written by the team that makes Industrial Fire World magazine possible, "Disasters Man-Made" closely examines 30 different industrial emergencies including refinery explosions, storage tanks fires, dust explosions, tire fires, hazmat mishaps, train wrecks and marine disasters. Some of these incidents -- such as the Pasadena, TX, chemical complex explosion in 1989 -- are justly notorious. Others, such as the Sunray, TX, refinery explosion in 1956, are relatively unknown, yet just as destructive.

Whereas news media coverage of such events can be shallow and often incorrect, the authors of "Disasters Man-Made" talked with the emergency responders first hand to learn how these dangerous situations evolved and how firefighters restored order to chaos. The book's preface includes comments from retired Phoenix fire chief Alan Brunacini and leading industrial firefighter Dwight Williams. 

Illustrated with color photos, "Disasters Man-Made" sells for $29.95, not including shipping and handling. To learn more about the book, visit



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