2005-04-29 / Community

Addabbo: Provide Ropes To Firefighters

Unwilling to wait for the City Fire Department’s promise to equip all firefighters with safety ropes, City Council Member Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. announced that he has cosponsored legislation in the Council requiring that all firefighters be equipped with personal safety ropes.

Addabbo said he cosponsored the legislation since the City Fire Department has been dragging its feet for four years on its promise to get the firefighters the safety ropes they so urgently need.

Councilman Addabbo also cited a media report which quoted a firefighter as telling his fellow firefighters, “Buy your own ropes because you’ll probably be retired before the department comes through on this.”

“Firefighting is one of the most dangerous and hazardous occupations, especially in New York City,” said Addabbo, adding, “As first responders to fires, public safety and medical emergencies, disasters and terrorist acts, firefighters protect the lives and property of New York City residents and visitors. They deserve better equipment.”

The councilman said that each time firefighters respond to an emergency, they are faced with the risk of serious bodily injury or even death. “In order to adequately protect the health and safety of all firefighters, it is imperative that they be provided with equipment appropriate for the nature of the risk to which they will be exposed,” said Addabbo, adding, “The deaths of two New York City firefighters during a Bronx fire on January 23, 2005, exemplified the value of firefighters having personal safety ropes.”

Addabbo said his legislation is needed because it ensures that all firefighters are provided with a personal safety rope and harness in order to safeguard firefighters from the dangerous or harmful consequences that may result if firefighters do not have such devices when responding to an emergency.

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