State Requests RC Perform School Fire Inspections

The State has asked Rockland County to perform fire inspections at 49 private schools according to Rockland County Executive Ed Day and Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski. A core team of four former or current Rockland fire chiefs will carry out the inspections and all are state-certified code enforcement officials. The schools are located all over the county with the majority of them in Ramapo and Spring Valley. The inspections will begin Friday, according to Day. Both Zebrowski and Day have been calling publicly for the state to take action to improve the safety in private schools after the schools failed to comply with regulations. Failure to meet fire codes puts children and staff at risk and also endangers the lives of first responders. Day said, “There is one set of rules and everyone has to follow them,” he added, “No one is exempt”. New York State Department of Education commissioner MaryEllen Elia requested that Rockland County inspect 26 schools that have not filed safety reports despite being asked to do so repeatedly. She also asked the county to re-inspect 23 schools that had been inspected by the Town of Ramapo Fire Inspector, Adam Peltz. Four of those schools had been cleared for fire safety by Peltz and later were discovered to have serious fire safety violations. Ramapo Town Supervisor, Christopher St. Lawrence and the town board voted last night to assign Peltz to Assistant Fire Safety Inspector as part of the disciplinary charges against him. Peltz has admitted to the poor inspections. The board also appointed Michael Lepori as fire inspector and Ian Smith as deputy building inspector. According to St. Lawrence, the new positions will help the town “work on any of the backlog” for inspecting homes and schools. Inspections are expected to be completed by the end of June.

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