Fire Safety

February 7, 2016, 9am PST
When they're not extinguishing actual flames, fire trucks can seem comically over-sized on city streets. Replacing portions of the fleet with smaller response vehicles might save money without sacrificing capability.
October 1, 2014, 9am PDT
Emily Alpert Reyes reports that Los Angeles has overturned a long-standing requirement for its skyscrapers to have flat roofs to accommodate the fire department's helicopters in the event of an emergency.
Los Angeles Times
October 27, 2010, 5am PDT
In the second part of a series looking at codes in L.A. that require tall buildings to have flat roofs for helicopter landing, <em>Curbed LA</em> discusses a new building that has been exempted from the code and whether more are likely to follow.
Curbed LA
October 26, 2010, 2pm PDT
All buildings in Los Angeles taller than 75 feet are required to have a flat surface on the roof where helicopters can land, according to a fire department-mandated code. Now leaders are thinking about updating that code -- and the city's skyline.
Curbed LA
July 28, 2009, 11am PDT
A fierce battle is brewing over new requirements for sprinklers in homes. Firefighters say the sprinklers are needed, but builders say the Sprinkler Code Coalition is having undue influence on code development.
The Center for Public Integrity