Building Safety Loopholes Put City Firefighters at Risk

Written by NYPress on . Posted in Breaking News, News Our Town Downtown, Our Town Downtown.


By Paul Bisceglio

In August 2007, a fire in the ’s vacant building claimed the lives of two New York . The tragedy prompted State Senator and Assemblyman to create a joint . The Task Force just released its full report this week, and the results have Squadron calling for immediate action.

The report warns that firefighters may be at risk when fighting fires in the city’s hundreds of state-owned buildings. Discrepancies in fire codes between state- and privately-owned buildings exempt the former from fire safety standards, such as  proper building equipment (such as standpipes and hosethread connections) and hazardous material reporting.

, , , and are among the many schools, state office buildings and state building-leasing restaurants and salons included in this loophole.

Squadron urged state and city agencies to close these safety code holes immediately by creating consistent standards.

“Simply put, these major gaps in fire code put our first responders and the public at greater risk,” he said in a statement. ” The task force’s recommendations will go a long way toward closing these holes and improving safety — but they must be implemented now.”

 

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