Meet the behind-the-scenes fire inspector for Anaheim’s throng-filled trade shows


The exhibit hall is a mass scene of organized chaos as merchants prepare for the opening day of the biggest show of the year at the Anaheim Convention Center. Forklifts beep above the incessant ripping of tape off boxes as folks scramble to unpack and ready stuff for their booths. The afternoon before the opening of Natural Products Expo West of the 39th-annual show — the world’s largest natural, organic, and healthy products event – Anaheim Fire & Rescue Fire Trade Show Inspector Desiree Johannessen walks the floors, clutching her ever-present radio and cell phone. Since January, she’s been working almost every…

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