Cal-OSHA slapped the Santa Rosa Fire Department with a $2,700 fine after spotting a photo in The Press Democrat of a firefighter standing on the roof without a safety harness. The city is contesting the fine, saying the state’s rules are unclear and not evenly enforced. But OSHA says the law is clear. What do you think?
UPDATE: Interim Santa Rosa Fire Chief Mark McCormick, a 20-year veteran of the department, has been permanently named to the post. City Manager Kathy Millison says he will bring fresh ideas and innovation to the department during financially challenging times.
Since the beginning of the year, the Santa Rosa Fire Department has required a separate review of building plans for residential solar arrays and inspection of them once installed. On Monday, it announced it would turn over that role to the city’s building department. Critics said the additional bureaucracy was time consuming, expensive and unnecessary.
The top of the salary ranges for Santa Rosa’s police and fire chiefs were increased 6 and 10 percent respectively by the City Council on Tuesday to ensure they are paid more than their subordinates. The move doesn’t trigger raises for Police Chief Tom Schwedhelm or interim Fire Chief Mark McCormick, but it does allow raises to be granted at the discretion of the city manager.