In the last five years, there has been an increase in cancer, and a significant increase in leukemia cases, among the more than 80,000 general responders and firefighters enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Program, according to an analysis published last week.
After an April fire killed a family in a building that had been illegal converted, City Hall established a new task force to improve inspections. Some pols pushed for more aggressive action. But there’s more to improving building safety than political will.
The upcoming firefighters’ test represents the latest attempt in a 40-year effort to try to diversify the mostly white, overwhelmingly male FDNY.
The FDNY is committed to “aggressive, interior firefighting.” When that’s the plan, equipment, training and manpower are all less important that human decision-making.
Each of the FDNY’s line-of-duty deaths over the past 20 years involved a unique person and unique circumstances. But according to investigations by the FDNY and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, common contributing factors link many of the incidents.
Two fires 10 years apart at one high-rise in the Rockaways helped convince the FDNY to reconsider its time-honored tactics when dealing with wind-driven fires.