08/25/09 144 W - + 13 - 14 Fire Watch at Shearon Harris

Leading this New York Times article about high-tech fire detection at the nation's nuclear power plants is a curious factoid about Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant. They have three workers, around the clock, who perform fire watch. Really. As the article describes their job, they pace miles every day, "up and down stairs and through vast halls and narrow passages" and "visit crucial locations at least once an hour to make sure fire has not broken out." Who would have thought? One worker says "he covers 12 miles each day, including 60 flights of stairs." How many pairs of worn out sneakers does that equate to? Two or three a year. Read the entire article, which talks about movement in the industry and government to automate fire detection. Or learn more about the Harris plant.

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