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I am stealing a little bit of thunder from Bobby Halton, but I just read his article on the building construction placards in the latest Fire Engineering. I have read a few articles on the topic, but do not know of any surrounding departments that uses them and it got me thinking.

My question is if your department uses them and if so what is the design of your placard and policy for its use?

Also, what is your take on the system?

This is something that would be extremely beneficial to the fire service and I am interested in what the community thinks.

Be safe,

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I think they're a great idea! It seems like a fair trade off with new building owners and builders who are using lightweight construction materials to save money. It would seem that these dangerous building practices (for us anyway) are here to stay. Maybe by having the placards required it will bring awareness to the issue among the general population.
In our department we placard vacant buildings. They are reflective signs in green, yellow, or red with a large "V". Green means that the building has been inspected and is safe for interior operations. Yellow means that it's been inspected and is safe for limited interior operations. Red means the building is not safe for interior operations without approval of the incident commander. We didn't have to fight with building owners on this because these were mostly abandoned properties. Maybe start out getting approval from you town to do this and then work on placarding trussed buildings etc. Good luck.

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