The Salisbury Fire Department was cited for three “serious” violations of state regulations today following an N.C. Department of Labor investigation into a March blaze that killed two firefighters.
The violations, which resulted in a fine of $6,563, included a charge that the fire department did not ensure that two firefighters remained in “visual and voice contact” when entering what investigators called an “Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health atmosphere” at the Salisbury Millwork.
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Firefighters Victor Isler and Justin Monroe died in the March 7 blaze after it spread from an office to a warehouse they were trying to protect.
A letter accompanying the citations praised the fire department for its well-written and effective safety program, as well as organizational and firefighting procedures followed at the fire. “It was clear that firefighter safety was the top priority at the fire,” wrote Paul Sullivan, Occupational Safety and Health Compliance Supervisor.
The Locke Township Fire Department was also fined $700 for firefighters using respirators without proper medical clearance or testing for fit.