One more letter about the tragic events in New York. I am a firefighter in Canada and I understand the pride we all have in our own landmark buildings but to say that Canary Wharf could withstand this type of event is a mighty tall prediction. I hope that the claim is never tested and we never see this happen anywhere again, as the World Trade Center took the lives of many, including 340 firefighters.
Buildings of great height, however impressive, are a nightmare to conduct firefighting operations in. I can personally manage to travel the 40 to 50 flights of stairs in full kit, but much over that and you are in serious trouble getting effective firefighting crews to the fire area. And there is a whole slew of other factors to consider once the crews are in place.
Bill Hunt Fireball@mondenet. com