Matthew McNicholas Discusses LA Firefighters Blowing the Whistle on Unsafe Buildings in an Interview with 790 KABC Radio
As a guest speaker on 790 KABC’s Peter Tilden radio show, Partner Matthew McNicholas discussed the retaliation several Los Angeles firefighters faced from their superiors after they blew the whistle on inadequate building inspections that could result in unsafe buildings. The firefighters argued that rushed, untrained inspections occurred as a result of “Operation Catch Up,” a plan to resolve the backlog of fire inspections. After the firefighters informed their departments of the illegal activity, they were ignored and retaliated against, including being stripped of their duties, excluded from decision-making processes and more.
“When you rush inspectors through that, they are not allowed to do those things that keep you safe, keep me safe, my kids, my wife,” said McNicholas. “This is something that not only puts the citizenry in harm’s way, but it also puts firefighters in harm’s way because if these fire prevention systems fail, what has to happen? Then firefighters have to go in sooner or more aggressively than they otherwise would, and it puts their lives in jeopardy.”