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Subject: No firefighters missed work from RPI fire fallout

A reminder that good news depends on who's hearing it...

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The Troy Record (, Serving Troy and its surrounding  

No firefighters missed work from RPI fire fallout
Friday, September 4, 2009

By Dave Canfield
The Record

TROY =97 None of the 15 firefighters sent to the hospital for testing  

following a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute laboratory fire two  
months ago missed a full day of work.

Fire officials had stressed the potential danger of chemical exposure  

from smoke that filled the Jonsson-Rowland Science Center during the  
June 29 fire, which injured the finger of a female undergraduate  
student. They were sent to Samaritan Hospital for medical testing and  

firefighters were brought in on overtime to fill their spots =97 both  

costs to taxpayers that fire officials pointed to when pushing for a  
so-called public safety fee from RPI.

On July 1, two days after the fire, Fire Chief Tom Garrett said the  
firefighters were still =93out sick=94 and awaiting results. On 
he would not disclose the test results or how much time the  
firefighters missed =97 and thus needed to be replaced by other  
firefighters, likely at an overtime rate =97 citing medical privacy  
laws. He would say only that they are back to work.

But it appears they never missed any time at all.

=93I was informed by Chief Garrett that no firefighters missed work due  

to the incident nor were they admitted to the hospital,=94 Deputy Mayor  

Dan Crawley said.

Uniformed Firefighters Association president Dave Paul said scheduling  

that consists of one day on followed by several days off likely  
accounted for the lack of days missed.

The fire re-ignited a battle over staffing at the department=92s Bouton  

Road station, which serves RPI. Current staffing levels leave its  
ambulance and fire truck incapable of being in use at the same time.  
When Paul and others argued for RPI to aid the department financially,  

the school pledged to help in other ways but said it would pay no fee  

for emergency services.


=A9 2009, a Journal Register Property

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