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While 2016 was the Big Apple’s safest year in terms of fire fatalities, 2017 experienced a 35% spike, increasing from 48 fire deaths to 73 in the year just concluded. The 2016 low corresponded with a decades-long trend than can be largely attributed to an increase in fire sprinkler system installations, as New York City regulations have consistently expanded requirements for sprinklers.
The 8,000 member Steamfitters Local 638, which performs pipefitting and fire protection work throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Nassau and Suffolk counties, will graduate 20 steamfitters from its rigorous five-year apprenticeship program on Thursday, June 11 starting at 5:30 p.m. at Terrace on the Park at 52-11 111th St., Flushing, NY 11368