Sunday, August 26, 2007

Call to have FDNY retirees inspect buildings

Two lawmakers want to hire retired firefighters to help inspect buildings for the type of hazardous conditions that may have led to the deaths of two firefighters in the former Deutsche Bank building near Ground Zero.

Pols: Hire ex-firefighters to inspect unsafe buildings

State Sen. Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn) and Council Member Hiram Monserrate (D-Queens) say retirees could flag safety hazards like poor sprinklers, blocked doorways and malfunctioning standpipes.

"Because they're retired, they may not be able to physically put out fires," Adams said at a news conference near Ground Zero, "but they still have the expertise."

11 comments:

The good Eric said...

State Sen. Eric Adams kicks ass, I want this guy on my side.

Sunnyside of Life said...

Where's Congressman Joe Crowley? Is he on vacation? Is he on another paid junket? Council Member Hiram Monserrate should take note.

Anonymous said...

Ok. The political grandstaning by Adams, jumping on board whatever emotional issues is in the news, has gotten old.

(Why do I suspect the previous comment was posted by a staff member?)

Jennifer said...

How many unsafe buildings are there that we need to bring ex-firefighters in to inspect them?

Will bringing in retired firefighters to inspect unsafe buildings make them safer?

Wouldn't it just be easier to have developers, contractors, etc... work safer to begin with?

Anonymous said...

Jennifer, oh naive one.......

This is why we have the problem in the first place. In today's world, trust means nothing when it comes to business and government.

Trust no one and especially don't trust your government. Live free or die.

Taxpayer said...

Congratulations to Sen Adams and CM Monserrate for actually having an imaginative idea that just may save some lives and prevent some injuries.

Anonymous said...

Color me nuts but I don't get why firemen don't do spot random inspections of some of these buildings already (or do they?). I can recall one time a guy got stuck in an elevator at my office in manhattan for like an hour. Frustrated with the building mgmt. who seemed to be ignoring that this poor bastard food delivery guy who knew no English was stuck there that long, I called FDNY who had him out in a jiff... and then proceeded to write the building some tickets for having boxes that were in a hallway by a fire exit.

Those boxes were there for months... if someone inspected regularly, someone would have seen that as being a fire safety hazard and it would have been taken care of...

Inspections in this town of these big office type buildings is laxidastical at best - which is scary considering how many of us have to work there...

Anonymous said...

There are MANY unsafe buildings around.
The idea that a larger force from FDNY will be out there acting as watchdogs will be a deterrent to slumlords !

Anonymous said...

So the FDNY is supposed to do more routine checking/inspections as well as put out fires and respond to emergencies. Okay. Then why do we keep shutting down firehouses, Bloomie?

Jorge said...

Monserrate should run for congress.

Anonymous said...

I applaud Monserrate for this.
But he's generally just a grandstanding phony!

Congress.....never!