WORKPLACE SAFETY

Virginia Department Cited in Blaze That Injured 7 Firefighters

ERIKA JACOBSON
Courtesy of Leesburg Today

The Loudoun County Department of Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management has been cited by the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry’s Occupational Safety and Health Compliance division for violation of workplace safety standards. The violation notice stems from a May 25 house fire in which seven crew members were injured.

Specifically, the violation is for “employees that were exposed to fire hazards while engaged in search, rescue and interior structural firefighting activities at a single family residence.”

The department has presented additional information to the state agency in an effort to reverse the findings of a violation. Fire-Rescue Chief Joseph Pozzo said this is the department’s first occupation health and safety citation.

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