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    Feds To Fund Cleanup For Tainted Firetrucks

    FEDS TO FUND CLEANUP FOR TAINTED FIRETRUCKS

    By KATE SHEEHY


    May 21, 2002 --

    FDNY officials, faced with alarming asbestos-test results suggesting some rigs are dangerously tainted by World Trade Center debris, yesterday said they would have 600 vehicles professionally cleaned - after the feds agreed to pick up the tab.

    Department officials and the firefighters union had been sparring over the cleanup job, estimated at costing hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    The department had argued that 200 vehicles already were cleaned and tested. The air quality in only four of the rigs' compartments had been deemed unsafe, it said.

    But the Uniformed Firefighters Association said the cleaning hadn't removed solid asbestos.

    The union recently had three rigs tested for asbestos and found unsafe levels in all of them, said Tom Manley, the UFA's health and safety officer. FDNY officials confirmed FEMA officials have agreed to foot the bill.



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    U.S. to Bankroll Fire Truck Wash

    U.S. to Bankroll Fire Truck Wash


    By ALICE McQUILLAN
    Daily News Police Bureau

    Hundreds of Fire Department vehicles exposed to Ground Zero debris will be professionally cleaned at federal expense, officials said yesterday.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency will pay for ridding the vehicles of caked grime that fire union leaders contend poses a health risk, officials said.

    FDNY spokesman Frank Gribbon said as many as 630 vehicles, including ambulances, may undergo deep-cleaning at a cost officials estimated at $3,000 per rig.

    The announcement was a victory for the union, which wanted professional cleanings for all the rigs exposed to Ground Zero dust.

    But the department had ordered that five of the 200 fire trucks that tested positive for asbestos be professionally cleaned and decontaminated. The rest were sent back in service.

    For months, the union has argued the air tests miss the dust and dirt caked in the trucks' crevices. An independent lab hired by the union confirmed those fears yesterday.

    Thomas Manley, health and safety officer for the Uniformed Firefighters Association, collected debris from three fire trucks deemed safe after the department's tests. The union's lab, Public Service Testing Laboratories of Queens, determined the samples contained asbestos.

    They include a rig from Rescue 3 in Brooklyn that carries equipment for building collapses and was found to have six times the minimum level of asbestos contamination, according to the lab.

    The supercleanings will take the vehicles out of service for at least a day while mechanics remove and clean parts like headlights and engine compartments.

    FEMA spokesman James McIntyre said he could not estimate how much the effort would cost but said fire officials should "determine what needs to be tested and cleaned, and we will fund [it]."

    Fire officials and union leaders each claimed credit yesterday for securing the funding promise from FEMA.


    Original Publication Date: 5/21/02



    http://www.mostnewyork.com/2002-05-2...t/a-151614.asp

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