Clearing the backlog of Delinquent Fire Inspections
Posted by Councilmember Englander on June 19, 2015 at 2:00 PM
On Tuesday, June 16, I submitted a motion to the Los Angeles City Council requesting the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) report back to the next Public Safety Committee with a plan to catch up on delinquent building inspections.The motion calls on LAFD to utilize FireSTAT LA, the Department’s analytical data system, to assess this issue and prioritize inspections, taking into account the length of time that has passed since a building’s last inspection, the type of building and its use, and the age of the building.
Additionally, the motion asks LAFD to look into options such as bringing back retired personnel, and partnering with the Department of Building and Safety to conduct fire safety inspections, as well as any other strategies that can be implemented to address the backlog in an effective manner.
The first responsibility of the LAFD isn’t to put out the fire, it is to prevent the fire from happening in the first place. This inspection backlog puts lives across the City at risk, and the Department must work to address this issue and take all steps necessary to eliminate this backlog.
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-Mitchell Englander, Chair Public Safety Committee
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