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Rochester Fire Department to use new tool to identify dangers in vacant structures

Posted at: 12/11/2012 10:25 PM

First responders will soon have a new tool to help them identify dangers in vacant or unsafe structures in the city of Rochester.

The Rochester Fire Department says it will begin using a new placard system Wednesday.

Boards will be placed on buildings which have issues that could be a danger to responders. For example, missing or damaged structural supports, holes in the floor or missing or compromised stairways.

The fire department says a third of Rochester's vacant buildings meet the criteria for "high hazard".