Houston Fire Department inspection process in disarray, audit finds

  • Source: Houston Chronicle
  • Published: 06/16/2017 12:00 AM

The branch of the Houston Fire Department responsible for ensuring building safety keeps inadequate records, does not examine buildings on a regular schedule and inflated its inspection numbers, all while blowing past its overtime budget, according to an audit released by the city controller's office Thursday. The fiscal 2015 - 2016 audit is the latest in a series of blistering critiques of the Life Safety Bureau and casts doubt on whether the city is complying with its fire code. Many of the 28 high-risk problems — from an incomplete inspection database to poor job training — were identified by the controller's office more than a decade ago.


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