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Failure to Provide Personal Safety Equipment Can Come at a Cost

By Dr. Chuck Russo and Anthony Galante

On February 22, a jury ordered New York City to pay $140 million to the families of firefighters killed in the infamous "Black Sunday" fire for failing to provide personal safety equipment. All agencies must learn from this case. Not only did the city lose personnel, but it now must make financial reparations that far exceed the cost of providing such equipment.