Legislation to protect local firefighters by notifying them of lightweight building structures has been introduced by state Rep. Laura Cox.
House Bill 4740 requires that commercial and multi-unit apartment buildings maintain a placard to notify firefighters that they were constructed with a lightweight structure because it is important that firefighters know how stable a building is, Rep. Cox said.
“This legislation aims to provide an additional layer of protection and safety for firefighters across the state,” said Rep. Cox, R-Livonia. “These local heroes put their lives on the line every day, and it is our duty to ensure that they are provided every tool possible to maintain their safety.”
Livonia constituent Paul DeNapoli — who retired from Livonia Fire & Rescue – brought this issue to the attention of Rep. Cox. DeNapoli currently serves as the director of Fire Science at Madonna University.
“Without placards to signify lightweight building structures, firefighters face a greater risk of falling through unstable floors and ceilings,” Rep. Cox said. “This bill will give firefighters pertinent information to aid them as they proceed into a building to save lives.”
HB 4740 has been referred to the Committee on Regulatory Reform for further consideration.