State OSHA Citations Resurface Against Buffalo Fire

State OSHA citations issued against the Buffalo Fire Department six months ago have resurfaced as collective bargaining heats up between the city and the firefighters’ union.

The citations include two serious violations:

  • emergency escape and self-rescue components not being inspected monthly
  • lack of annual medical exams for hazmat techs

According to, the city has been accruing fines of up to $200 per day for the last six months for these violations. The citations were issued by the New York Department of Labor, Division of Safety & Health.

Firefighter union reveals violations

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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