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Build with Strength, a coalition of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association consisting of fire service professionals, community organizations, architects, engineers and industry experts committed to enacting safer and more sustainable building standards, issued the following statement in the wake of the recent outbreak of wildfire in southern California:

“This week’s events are a tragic reminder that fire can and will spread quickly, if the right conditions are present. Although our words provide little comfort to those that have lost their homes, belongings or more, we pledge to fight for stronger, more resilient communities in the months ahead – offering smart solutions to a problem that is becoming commonplace in southern California.” – Kevin Lawlor, spokesperson for Build with Strength.

To date, the coalition includes a number of California organizations, including: the The California Black Chamber of Commerce, The Southern California Black Chamber of Commerce, The Los Angeles Civil Rights Association, Kol Tikvah, Los Angeles Shmira Civil Safety Patrol, Los Angeles Urban League, The Southern California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Asian Americans in Commercial Real Estate, and Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice.