The number of buildings that caught fire in Philadelphia over the last two years nearly doubled. But is that because there are more fires? Or is that a consequence of a “by-the-numbers” protocol? Also, city officials are troubled by the impact rising sea levels and climate change might have on Philadelphia International Airport.
In other cities across the country — both big and small — the number of buildings that caught fire have been flat or decreasing. But in Philadelphia, the stats have nearly doubled over the last couple of years. Also, the department’s response times have spiked.
Why? Well, it’s not clear that there actually are more fires. But what is clear is that the department’s commissioner has issued a directive: use national standards when counting emergencies. That wasn’t how the department used to operate.
PHL is spread across what used to be a network of islands in the Delaware River. And, its location is one of Philly’s most vulnerable areas to the combined effects of higher seas and heavier storms, according to city officials. Moving it is not a viable option.
The airport is built on silt and sludge, with much of it in a federally designated flood plain. Over 30 million passengers fly in or out of the airport each year. Plus, 500,000 tons of freight and mail are moved through the airport.
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