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Oversight lax on school fire drill law

Ben Jones of The (Appleton, Wis.) Post Crescent reports that area schools are failing to comply with a state law that requires they do monthly fire drills. A change in state law resulted in school no longer having to file annual fire drill reports with the Department of Commerce. Oversight now rests with the local fire departments. For the 2005-06 school year, only 60% of Wisconsin schools reported their drills to the state. About 35% of those reporting failed hold the mandated number of drills for the school year. Wisconsin school fire drill records can be reviewed on a database set up by the paper.

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