Safety: Baltimore Gets “No-Go” Bill

(NYT)
  • “bar city firefighters from entering vacant buildings if 25% or more of the structure has been consumed by fire.”
  • “Additionally, firefighters could only enter a vacant building if the department “confirmed” an occupant was inside and “structural and hazardous conditions permit a safe entry.” (Baltimore Sun)
  • “Firefighters would be barred from entering a collapsed structure unless someone’s life was in immediate danger...”
  • “The bill also requires firefighters to be equipped with a recording device that collects audio and video to be used only at the scene of fires.”
  • not every structure fire is a candidate for interior attack, and
  • not every report of a person trapped is credible,
  • nor is every trapped person even remotely savable.

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