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Re: Arson 101 manual

Posted by MichaelFR on March 23, 2004

In Reply to: Re: Arson 101 manual posted by ESC on March 23, 2004

: : : Context:
: : : "And why didn't this perp consult his *Arson 101 manual* before he tried to incinerate this building?"

: : : I understand it's a manual but who's? the fire department or the criminal?
: : : I mean is it a joke? I know it is.

: : : My deepest thanks!!

: : If you help yourself with the Merriam-Webster online (m-w.com), here's what you get for "perp":

: : Main Entry: perp
: : Pronunciation: 'p&rp
: : Function: noun
: : : a perpetrator especially of a crime

: : and for "arson":

: : Main Entry: ar·son
: : Pronunciation: 'är-s&n
: : Function: noun
: : Etymology: Anglo-French arsoun, alteration of Old French arsin act of burning, from ars, past participle of ardre to burn, from Latin ardEre -- more at ARDOR
: : : the willful or malicious burning of property (as a building) especially with criminal or fraudulent intent

: : This should help a little bit.
: : "Arson 101 manual" may need further explanation though...

: "101" is the designation for many beginner or Level 1 classes.

Yes, "arson 101 manual" is a joke in itself. I found this text referring to a "101 life safety...":
"Enforces fire prevention codes and ordinances such as NFPA, 101 life safety and building codes; reports violations of fire safety laws to the Fire Marshal."
To read more:
http://iep.cviog.uga.edu/Athens/personnel/FIRE/5713.HTM