Monday, June 25, 2012
Chicago's City Council panel OKs signs warning cops, firefighters of unsafe buildings
Firefighters, cops and paramedics arriving at dangerous, vacant buildings would be warned by emergency dispatchers and bright reflective signs under new city efforts to avoid another disaster like the December 2010 roof collapse that claimed the lives of two firefighters.
Earlier this year, the city began compiling a list of dangerous buildings for 911 dispatchers, who will warn first responders en route to those sites. And the City Council Zoning Committee on Monday endorsed a measure to put 2-foot by 2-foot reflective signs, each with a large red “X,” on those buildings.
Firefighters Edward Stringer and Corey Ankum were killed Dec. 22, 2010 when a roof collapsed. Seventeen other firefighters were injured. They were searching an abandoned laundry during a fire on the 1700 block of East 75th Street.
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