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“Operation School Burning”. National Fire Protection Association (1959).

In 1958, an abandoned school building (part of the Robert Louis Stevenson Junior High School) was handed-over to the Los Angeles Fire Department as a test-bed for modelling the effects of smoke on the survivability of fires in large institutions.

“Operation School Burning” was chiefly notable for being one of the first studies to show the benefits of installing smoke and heat detectors.

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The rather sinister dust jacket of “Operation School Burning”. National Fire Protection Association (1959).

 

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Watching their school go up in smoke

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