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RTI ANIMAL RESEARCH FACILITY (ARF) FIRE UPDATE. Wayne Spoo DVM, DABT, DABVT Assistant Research Director, RTI and Thomas Hamm DVM, PhD Consultant. FACTS. Small fire in RTI ARF on Saturday, August 25, 2001

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rti animal research facility arf fire update

RTI ANIMAL RESEARCH FACILITY (ARF)FIRE UPDATE

Wayne Spoo DVM, DABT, DABVT

Assistant Research Director, RTI

and

Thomas Hamm DVM, PhD

Consultant

facts
FACTS
  • Small fire in RTI ARF on Saturday, August 25, 2001
  • RTI convened a panel of independent experts to assess the suitability of the ARF clean-up process and resumption of full operation.
  • The expert panel has determined that at no time were any of the animals in the facility compromised.
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FACTS
  • Assessment included both animals in the facility at the time of the study, and those brought into the facility after the fire.
  • The expert panel determined that "the animal research facility was an excellent one prior to the fire and is improved as a result of the remediation actions”
conclusions
CONCLUSIONS
  • RTI is still waiting on analysis of evidence from the fire to determine its origin
  • Preliminary results have indicated that the fire was deliberately set.
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CONCLUSIONS
  • RTI has taken additional security measures, including
    • installation of additional surveillance equipment outside the facility
    • increased security within the facility