AFD asbestos contamination scare affected 24 firefighters

AFD asbestos contamination scare affected 24 firefighters
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    WAS AWAKE AND ALERT.((MUSIC))
    SYDNEY:TONIGHT, OUR
    INVESTIGATORS HAVE UNCOVERED
    MORE DETAILS SURROUNDING
    ANOTHERá ASBESTOS SCARE --
    THIS TIME, WITHIN THE AUSTIN
    FIRE DEPARTMENT. IT HAPPENED
    EARLIER THIS YEAR, AT A
    FIREHOUSENEAR THE MUELLER
    DEVELOPMENT.EMPLOYEES BROUGHT
    CONCERNS TO MANAGEMENT AFTER A
    CEILING TILE FELL... BUT THE
    FOLLOWUP HAS SOME QUESTIONING
    THE CITY'S SAFETY PROCEDURES.
    KXAN INVESTIGATOR KYLIE
    MCGIVERN SAT DOWN WITH A-F-D,
    TO DISCUSS THE DEPARTMENT'S
    RESPONSE. PICTURES TAKEN
    INSIDE STATION 14 -- ONLY TELL
    PART OF THE STORY.CRAIG
    WALKER, DIVISION CHIEF: "WE
    HAVE A CRUMBLING
    INFRASTRUCTURE." WORKER INJURY
    FORMS FROM DOZENS OF
    FIREFIGHTERS -- DETAIL
    CONCERNS ABOUT DELAY AND
    NEGLECT FROM THE CHAIN OF
    COMMAND. THEY SAY "THIS IS AT
    LEAST THE SECOND TIME A TILE
    HAS FALLEN FROM THIS
    LOCATION," ADDING, THEY WISH
    THEY WERE PROPERLY ADVISED -
    SO PRECAUTIONS COULD BE TAKEN.
    WHEN THE TILE
    FELL, AN AFD CHIEF FILLED OUT
    A FORM SAYING THERE COULDá BE
    A POTENTIAL ASBESTOS
    EXPOSURE...KYLIE MCGIVERN,
    KXAN REPORTER: "THAT CHIEF DID
    NOT KNOW WHETHER THERE WAS
    ASBESTOS OR NOT."CRAIG WALKER,
    DIVISION CHIEF: "CORRECT." NO
    ONE KNEW. COVERED THE HOLE AND
    CONTINUED TO WORK THROUGH THE
    WEEKEND. RECORDS THE CITY
    DEPARTMENT THAT HANDLES
    ASBESTOS -- SHOW... KYLIE
    MCGIVERN, KXAN REPORTER: "IT
    WAS 3 DAYS BEFORE BUILDING
    SERVICES WAS NOTIFIED...IS
    THAT OKAY?" CRAIG WALKER,
    DIVISION CHIEF: "WELL IT'S -
    WE TAKE THE SAFETY OF OUR
    FIREFIGHTERS VERY SERIOUSLY.
    IT'S NOT OKAY. TO NOT KNOW AS
    QUICKLY AS WE CAN." CRAIG
    WALKER, DIVISION CHIEF: "OVER
    THE WEEKEND, NOT BEING ABLE TO
    GET AHOLD OF BUILDING
    SERVICES, I COULD SEE THEM NOT
    HAVING 24/7 GETTING SOMEBODY
    IN THERE." BUT THEY DO. THE
    DEPARTMENT HAS ON CALL
    PERSONNEL.THOUGH THEY
    EVENTUALLY DETERMINED NO
    ASBESTOS WAS DISTURBED -- THE
    AREA STILL SHUT DOWN FOR FIVE
    DAYS "TO PREVENT A POTENTIAL
    FUTURE EXPOSURE."KYLIE
    MCGIVERN, KXAN REPORTER: "IT
    SOUNDS TO ME LIKE YOU ALL GOT
    LUCKY. THE FACT THAT NOBODY
    WAS EXPOSED. BECAUSE NO ONE
    REALLY KNEW AT THE TIME."
    CRAIG WALKER, DIVISION CHIEF:
    "THE BIGGEST THING THAT I WANT
    TO TAKE AWAY FROM THIS IS THAT
    WE NEED TO START EARLIER IN
    GETTING THE RIGHT INFORMATION
    TO OUR CREWS, MAKING THEM
    UNDERSTAND TRULY WHAT'S GOING
    ON." CRAIG WALKER, DIVISION
    CHIEF: "BECAUSE OUR WHOLE GOAL
    IS THE SAFETY OF THE WORKFORCE
    AND WE ARE VERY COMMITTED TO
    THAT." UNION PRESIDENT BOB
    NICKS SAYS THE FIREFIGHTERS
    INVOLVED ARE NO LONGER
    CONCERNED AFTER A MEETING TO
    CLARIFY WHAT HAPPENED -- BUT
    WE ASKED WHAT CHANGES HE'D
    LIKE TO SEE MOVING FORWARD, TO
    ASSURE WORKER SAFETY. BOB
    NICKS, AUSTIN FIREFIGHTERS
    ASSOCIATION: "IT'D BE REALLY
    GOOD IF WE HAD A PUBLISHED
    MANUAL ON THAT ON EVERY
    STATIONS SO FIREFIGHTERS KNEW
    WHERE THE RISKS ARE." BOB
    NICKS, AUSTIN FIREFIGHTERS
    ASSOCIATION: "...SO IF
    SOMETHING HAPPENS TO THAT
    WALL, THEY KNOW IF THERE'S AN
    AND THE POTENTIAL FOR AN
    EXPOSURE IS CERTAINLY THERE,
    AS ASBESTOS IS PRESENT IN MOST
    OF THE CITY'S AGING BUILDINGS.
    BECAUSE IF THIS, BEFORE AN
    EMPLOYEE EVEN NAILS SOMETHING
    INTO A WALL, BUILDING SERVICES
    MUST BE NOTIFIED. KYLIE
    MCGIVERN. KXAN INVESTIGATES.
    SYDNEY:IN RESPONSE TO OUR
    ONGOING ASBESTOS INVESTIGATION
    INSIDE MULTIPLE CITY
    DEPARTMENTS, THE CITY LAUNCHED
    ITS OWN INTERNAL REVIEW LAST
    FALL.IT REVEALED A LACK OF
    PERSONNEL AND TRAINING,
    FAILURE TO REVIEW PROCEDURES,
    AND UNAUTHORIZED RENOVATIONS,
    PUTTING HEALTH AND SAFETY AT
    RISK. THE CITY HAS SINCE
    OVERHAULED ITS POLICIES. TO
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