Slacker fire inspectors

Number 18777
Subject Fire Departments
Source Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, Fla.)
State FL
Year 2001
Publication Date June 17, 19, 24, 30, July 17, Nov. 15
Summary The Times-Union reports that Jacksonville fire inspectors have spent almost two-thirds of their time shopping, running errands and going home in the early afternoons. The findings are documented with photographs of inspectors goofing off in the middle of the day. The city fire prevention department has left some buildings and businesses not inspected for up to 10 years, making the excuse that there are not enough employees. Other findings include that the fire marshal's office did not try to correct hazards it knew about, that a downtown hotel burned three times because it did not comply with the minimum fire prevention standards, and that the department's records and work logs were false and grossly incomplete.
Category Contest Entry
Pages 30
Keywords city government;public safety;fire prevention;building code violations
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