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This is Not a Test

River Oaks Bank Fire Forces Implementation of Untested Disaster Recvovery PlanThursday, June 6, 1991, was a normal banking day at the River Oaks Bank in Houston, Texas, until 7:30 that evening when fire alarms sounded.The shrieking alarms forced employees from the...

Planning Speeds Banks Recovery From Fire

As fire ripped through the heart of Bank of the Sierra early Oct. 2, bank officials enacted a disaster plan to keep the five-branch independent up and running. The 1 a.m. blaze gutted the bank’s corporate offices, destroying its mainframe computer and central...

The First Interstate Bank Fire

At 10:30 p.m. the night of May 4, 1988, Los Angeles’ worst high-rise fire swept through the 62 story downtown headquarters of First Interstate Bank destroying floors 12 through 16. In addition to this severe damage that destroyed five floors, smoke and water...

Testing Pays Off For Penn Mutual

The basic premise of disaster recovery is that a tested plan is the only way to recover. Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company recovered from the fire because, one, they had tested their plan many times prior to the fire, and two, they executed their disaster recovery...

When The Smoke Clears

February 1, 1988, a relatively quiet Monday morning, marked the beginning of the second semester of classes at Ferguson Middle School. Overcast skies and cool temperatures surrounded the three campus buildings known as the West Building, East Building, and the Annex....

Between East and West

Fire. It can happen anywhere at anytime, but when it breaks out in a 275-year-old library, there is a special sense of urgency. That feeling was dramatically heightened when fire broke out in the USSR Academy of Sciences Library in Leningrad in February of 1988. The...

The History of the Automatic Sprinkler

The forerunner of the automatic sprinkler first appears in the United States when New England mill owners develop crude, perforated pipe systems to protect their facilities. Although the pipes increase fire protection, they distribute water everywhere (not just on the...

Choosing the Right Automatic Sprinkler

Automatic sprinklers are a building’s first line of defense against fire. A sprinkler system not only detects a fire, it also automatically transmits an alarm to the local fire department or central station. In the few minutes it takes for the fire department to...

A look at the Oakland Fire

California’s biggest fire in 85 years came when most citizens and some fire officials figured the fire season was over for the year.On Oct. 20, 1991, the urban section of East Bay Hills of Oakland, Calif., just across the bay from San Francisco, was engulfed in...

Fire Can’t Foil Atlanta’s Fox Theatre

TEC Recovery Experts Learn Why 'There's No Business Like Show Business!'Atlanta's Fox Theatre, dubbed 'The Fabulous Fox' by the city's fanatic patrons, has been described by reviewers as a 'beautifully outlandish, opulent and grandiose...

The Use of ICS in Calabas-Malibu Fire

The Calabasas – Malibu Fire was a testimonial for the use of the Incident Command System (ICS). On Monday, October 21, 1996, a 'red flag watch' was declared due to the dry Santa Ana winds in Southern California. This alert called for the Los Angeles...