Firefighters' union blasts FDNY for not providing safety ropes to all firefighters
Just one week after a fire claimed the lives of two firefighters in the Bronx, one firefighters' union is blasting the FDNY Monday for not using safety ropes.
A representative from the United Fire Officers Association says the city is more concerned with money than personal safety. The representative says the former commissioner of the FDNY phased out safety ropes in the 90s to save money. He is now calling on the FDNY to issue ropes to all 11,000 firefighters.
The FDNY issued a statement saying, "The Department is committed to providing ropes that are both strong and lightweight, not burdensome or inconvenient for firefighters to carry, and that would be integrated with their gear in such a way so as not to interfere with routine operations." In addition, the FDNY says it is dedicating a number of resources to the process of implementing safety ropes and will be inviting comments from both unions.
Right now there is no timeline as to when safety ropes will be put into place.