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April 09, 2011

At the Chillicothe fire station

From Ohio:

Fire station a potential fire hazard

One Chillicothe firefighter has new job duties on each shift - walking around the firehouse to make sure the place isn't on fire.

Chillicothe Fire Station No.1, the only one staffed in the city following budget cuts, is officially considered a potential fire hazard.

The fire-detection and alarm system at the main station downtown on Water Street hasn't worked for at least a year, perhaps longer. And, the sprinkler system had not been inspected.

To avoid being ordered to vacate its only station, the department now must assign firefighters - who can perform no other duties - to a 24/7 "fire watch."

The state fire marshal's office put the fire department on notice last week that it must correct three fire-code violations or face fines of up to $1,000 per violation per day.

Posted by joke du jour at April 9, 2011 08:01 AM

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