After a fire killed 36 people at an Oakland warehouse and artists’ collective known as the ‘Ghost Ship’ on Friday, the union representing Oakland and Alameda County firefighters has criticized the city for not having enough fire inspectors. An Alameda County civil grand jury report from 2014 shows the fire department failed to inspect over one-third of the city’s 11,000 commercial properties, and couldn’t gain access to a quarter of those they were sent to inspect. A recent staffing report shows four fire inspector positions, while funded, remain unfilled. Forum discusses the issues surrounding fire inspection in light of the deadly Ghost Ship fire.
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- Remembering the Victims of the Oakland Warehouse Fire (Forum Archives)
- Oakland Fire: Benefits, Vigils and Other Ways to Honor the Victims (KQED Pop)
Dan Robertson, president, I.A.F.F. Local 55, which represents firefighters from Oakland and Alameda Counties
Dan Brekke, blogger and online editor, KQED News