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Heroes take flak for no PPE
Three sheriff’s deputies who rescued two people from a fire last year are being questioned because they weren’t wearing proper protective equipment.
The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) is investigating whether the Washtenaw County deputies broke workplace safety regulations. If so, the sheriff’s department could face fines.
Someone filed an anonymous complaint after the deputies received awards for their heroism.
The fire occurred Nov. 17, 2004 at an apartment building in Ypsilanti Township. The deputies arrived before the fire department did, so they entered the burning structure to help a female resident escape. They went back in again to rescue a male resident.
The deputies suffered smoke inhalation, and one suffered a back injury from carrying the male resident out of the building.
It was reported the officers were not wearing any type of personal protective equipment (PPE) when they entered the building.
The complaint alleged that the sheriff’s department allowed and/or suggested the deputies enter the burning building without respirators or protective gear.
But the sheriff commended the actions of his deputies, saying they did what they thought was right to save lives in a split-second decision.
For information on personal protective equipment for emergency responders, visit http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/emres/ppe.html