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ASSEMBLY APPROVES SCHROEDER BILL TO PROTECT FIREFIGHTERS FROM DANGERS OF SOLAR PANELS

Assemblyman Bob Schroeder / 201-391-3673
June 21, 2012     

BILL WOULD REQUIRE EMBLEMS ON NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS, REGISTRATION WITH FIRE DISPATCH

 Firefighters would be better protected against the risks posed by solar panels under a bipartisan bill approved today by the General Assembly. It is sponsored by Assembly Republican Bob Schroeder, who also serves his community as a volunteer firefighter.

“Solar panels are becoming more prevalent in our communities and pose an unintended threat to the safety of firefighters,” Schroeder, R-Bergen and Passaic, said. “Safe firefighting depends on knowledge and awareness of the situation. At a glance, emergency responders will be able to determine if there’s a threat of electrocution and take the necessary steps to keep themselves safe.”

The bill, A-266, would require non-residential buildings to clearly label with an exterior emblem whether they have a solar panel, and require other safety devices in new installations when they become available.

The bill also calls for solar systems to be registered with local fire dispatchers so firefighters will have more information available to them while en route to a call.

The need for additional safety measures was affirmed by the National Fire Protection Association, which noted buildings with solar power systems “can present a variety of significant hazards” in its report Fire Fighter Safety and Emergency Response for Solar Power Systems.

“We can have clean reliable energy without making fires any more dangerous than they already are,” said Schroeder, a volunteer firefighter in the Township of Washington since 1980 who has twice served as Fire Chief. “As a firefighter, I understand how important it is to know what potential dangers lie in a burning building I might have to enter.

“These simple precautionary measures could very well save lives,” Schroeder added. “Making it safer for first responders to do their jobs makes us all safer.”

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Schroeder Bill to Protect Firefighters From Solar Panel Dangers Advances

Bob Schroeder

In an effort to protect firefighters against the danger of electrocution posed by solar panels, Assemblyman Robert Schroeder (R-Woodcliff Lake), a volunteer firefighter in the Township of Washington since 1980 who has twice served as fire chief, has sponsored a bill that would require buildings to clearly label with an exterior emblem whether they have solar panels.

The bipartisan bill was approved by the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee, on which Schroeder serves.

“New Jersey is one of the fastest-growing markets for solar energy and trails only California in terms of installations, but solar panels pose an unintended threat to firefighters,” Schroeder said last week.

Read the complete Patch story here.

“Safe firefighting requires knowledge and awareness of the situation. This bill will let emergency responders know at a glance when there’s a threat of electrocution because the building is actively harnessing power from the sun.”

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ASSEMBLY PANEL APPROVES SCHROEDER BILL TO PROTECT FIREFIGHTERS FROM DANGERS OF SOLAR PANELS

Assemblyman Bob Schroeder / 201-391-3673
Assembly Republican Press Office / 609-847-3400

March 6, 2012    

BILL WOULD REQUIRE EMBLEMS ON BUILDINGS WITH SOLAR PANELS

 Firefighters would be better protected against the dangers posed by solar panels under a bipartisan bill approved today by the Assembly Homeland Security and State Preparedness Committee. It is sponsored by Assembly Republican Bob Schroeder.

“New Jersey is one of the fastest-growing markets for solar energy and trails only California in terms of installations, but solar panels pose an unintended threat to firefighters,” Schroeder, R-Bergen and Passaic, said. “Safe firefighting requires knowledge and awareness of the situation. This bill will let emergency responders know at a glance when there’s a threat of electrocution because the building is actively harnessing power from the sun.”

The bill, A-266, would require buildings to clearly label with an exterior emblem whether they have a solar panel. The safety measure was recommended by the National Fire Protection Association, which noted buildings with solar power systems “can present a variety of significant hazards” in its report Fire Fighter Safety and Emergency Response for Solar Power Systems.

“We can have clean reliable energy without making fires any more dangerous than they already are,” said Schroeder, a volunteer firefighter in the Township of Washington since 1980 who has twice served as Fire Chief. “As a firefighter, I understand the value of knowing immediately what potential dangers await in a burning building I might have to enter. Simply putting a warning sign on the outside of a building could very well save the life of one of our brave first responders.”

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Schroeder bill would protect firefighters against added danger from solar panels

The "widespread popularity" of solar panels has emerged as "one of the new challenges facing firefighters," the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) believes, something that requires "special tactical and strategic considerations." And, it prompted the association to begin looking into changes to the electrical code to protect first responders, modifications that it hopes will result in a standard way to shut down energy leaving the system.

Ultimately, the committee's discussion prompted Bader to approach Assemblyman Robert Schroeder (District 39-R) to see if something could be done at either the local or state level to make it safer for firefighters.

Read the complete Pascack Valley Community Life story here.

The result was the introduction of a bill, A-4288, on Nov. 21 into the New Jersey State Assembly, which would require buildings to clearly label whether they have solar panels, as well as require the installation of external shut-off switches with newer systems.

Schroeder, a volunteer firefighter in Washington Township for over 30 years, said that while "solar energy is a great way to lower electricity bills and protect the environment" they also "pose an unintended threat to firefighters."

"Safe firefighting requires knowledge and awareness of the situation. This [requirement] will let emergency responders know when there's a threat of electrocution because the building is actively harnessing power from the sun," the assemblyman said. "We can have clean, reliable energy without making fires any more dangerous than they already are. As a firefighter, I know how important it is to quickly know as much as possible about a burning structure that I might have to enter. This simple preventative measure could very well save the life of one of our brave first responders."

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SCHROEDER INTRODUCES LEGISLATION MAKING SOLAR PANELS SAFER FOR FIREFIGHTERS


Assemblyman Bob Schroeder / 201-391-3673
Assembly Republican Press Office / 609-847-3400

LEGISLATION WOULD REQUIRE EMBLEMS ON BUILDINGS WITH SOLAR PANELS AND EXTERNAL SHUT-OFF SWITCH FOR NEW SYSTEMS

Aiming to protect firefighters from the dangers of buildings with solar panels, Assemblyman Bob Schroeder has proposed legislation requiring buildings to clearly label whether they have solar panels and install external shut-off switches with new systems.

“Solar energy is a great way to lower electricity bills and protect the environment, but solar panels on buildings pose an unintended threat to firefighters,” Schroeder, R-Bergen, said. “Safe firefighting requires knowledge and awareness of the situation and this bill will let emergency responders know when there’s a threat of electrocution because the building is actively harnessing power from the sun.”

Schroeder, a volunteer firefighter in Township of Washington since 1980 who has twice served as Fire Chief, has proposed for introduction a bill, A-4288, which would require a special emblem on buildings with solar panels as well as external shut-off switches for new solar systems.

“We can have clean reliable energy without making fires any more dangerous than they already are,” Schroeder said. “As a firefighter, I know how important it is to quickly know as much as possible about a burning structure that I might have to enter. This simple preventative measure could very well save the life of one of our brave first responders.”

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