Thursday, January 07, 2010
IFD Will Do Veolia's Job
Recognizing the crisis situation Veolia's incompetence has handed his fire department, Indianapolis Fire Department Chief Brian Sanford has ordered Indianapolis firefighters to inspect all fire hydrants in the areas covered by their fire houses. "Even though it's not our responsibility, we're going to assist because it's in our best interest -- and in the best interest of public safety -- to help," Sanford said. Sanford told the Star' Vic Ryckaert that the problem with frozen and inoperable fire hydrants is the worst he's seen in decades with the department. Firefighters have encountered seven inoperable fire hydrants during three fires this week. It is incredible that these steps have to be taken when you consider how much taxpayers are paying Veolia to run the water utility. It is the largest such contract in the United States and the company has been paid tens of millions in bonus payments by the city to boot.