Tuesday, April 04, 2017


by Bob Walsh

The Oakland, CA. fire department finally, after two nasty fires in uninspected buildings with significant loss of life, has decided to hire some more fire inspectors.

The mayor of Oakland, Libby Schaaf, was originally going to go thru the regular civil service process to bring the fire inspector staffing up to snuff (if you will pardon the pun). However, after a fire at a halfway house killed four people they decided to fast-track the hiring.

The most recent mess had the fire department trying to get building inspectors out to this building for literally months, and strongly suggested on the record that the place be shut down IMMEDIATELY. On March 24 the owner of the building was given 30 days to bring it up to code. Three days later the building was gutted by fire, killing four.

The lawsuits in the Ghost Ship fire from late last year, that killed 36, have begun to enter the legal process.

The city is preparing to hire six fire inspectors as soon as circumstances permit. Allegedly. Maybe.

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