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L.A. should keep its skyscraper helipad requirement

To the editor: Kudos to Assistant L.A. Fire Department Chief Patrick Butler for expressing his insightful thoughts on high-rise building safety. We tend to get complacent when there are long time spans between tragedies. ("Maybe L.A.'s 'stupid' helipad rule wasn't so dumb," Op-Ed, Oct. 6) I watched in horror the live coverage of the First Interstate Bank Building fire in 1988. At the time, I was the safety manager for Security Pacific Bank. I was grateful to know that the company had the foresight to install fire sprinklers in its headquarters building at 333 South Hope St. (now a Bank of America building) when it was constructed in 1974, even though doing...

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