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Subject: Workshop on fire recovery

Workshop on fire recovery

From: Jayne Holt <holt.jayne>
Date: Monday, March 26, 2001
"Holy Smokes, The House is on Fire!"
Washington Conservation Guild
Tuesday, May 8, 2001

The tens of thousands of dollars necessary for a sprinkler system in
your historic dwelling was never available.  Then the call comes in
early one morning: a wing of the house is on fire!  What will the
next 24 hours bring?

The WCG is once again offering our unique and popular disaster
workshop, formerly known as "Burn, Baby, Burn".  This year we are
focusing on fire recovery in historic houses.  We will set up a 12 x
12 room to recreate an interior of an historic house and set it on
fire.  To add to the realism, no sprinklers will be used during
suppression.  After the fire has been extinguished and the room has
cooled, participants will be responsible for developing a plan of
attack and salvaging what's left.

This is a one day workshop that runs from 8:30am to 4:30pm and will
include lectures on the nature of fires and fire suppression
systems, methods of developing disaster recovery plans and real life
experiences in disaster recovery in the wake of a fire.  The
afternoon session will focus on experiencing the aftermath of a
fire.  This will be a wet, dirty, smelly and psychologically action
packed several hours.  Participants are therefore asked to wear
comfortable clothing and shoes they don't mind getting wet.  Many
participants in the past have brought clean dry clothes to change
into at the end of the day.

This workshop is ideal for anyone responsible for the care of
historic collections.

The workshop takes place at the National Institute of Standards and
Technology just north of Washington, DC.  Registration for WCG
members is $150 and for non-WCG members, $180.  Registration for
non-members includes a one year membership in WCG.  For more
information and registration forms, see

You may also request forms through the mail by calling Jayne Holt at

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