New signs keep firefighters safe

By Shawn Magrath

Sun Staff Writer

NORWICH – The Norwich Fire Department, in collaboration with the city Codes Enforcement Office, is starting a new initiative that will better ensure the safety of firefighters and other first responders when approaching vacant city buildings in an emergency.

Beginning this week, signs will be placed on the facade of certain vacant buildings and homes throughout the city as mandated by the New York State fire code. Each sign – two feet by two feet in size with a red background, white reflective stripes and a white reflective border – will have a marking that warns emergency workers and first responders of the structural stability of the building at the time of marking, as well as the potential risks of entering because of damaged structural supports like rotted flooring or missing stairs.

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