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City Council Office
 Policy Order Resolution
  O-4
  IN CITY COUNCIL
  September 30, 2013
COUNCILLOR VANBEUZEKOM

WHEREAS:

Various news agencies are reporting that fire fighters are facing new challenges in structural fire fighting with buildings that have solar power systems; and

    
WHEREAS:

Renewable power sources such as solar power systems save on the use of conventional fuels such as petroleum and other fossil fuels and reduce energy costs for building owners; and 

      
WHEREAS:

These new energy systems are here to stay; and 

     
WHEREAS:

Solar power systems may present unfamiliar hazards that require new firefighting strategies and procedures; now therefore be it 

     

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the Cambridge Fire Department and provide a report to the City Council noting whether City of Cambridge firefighters are responding to this concern; and be it further 

      

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to provide in the report information explaining what best practices, procedures and training is provided to Cambridge fire fighters for handling fire incidents in buildings equipped with solar power systems.

    

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