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Fire task force moves slowly but surely

FINDLAY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

It's been less than a year since the Findlay DowntownFire Task Force was created to prevent downtown structure fires, but checkingbuildings for violations is taking longer than they originally planned.

There is only one inspector, who is occasionally assistedby two other firemen. They say it's difficult for their small crew to walkthrough every downtown building.

"I'm not out to cost anybody a lot of money, I'm lookingfor simple things that can save a life," explained Eric Habegger, the fireinspector. "Smoke detectors, emergency lights."

Habegger says they have inspected 90 downtown buildingssince last September. He says he is doing the best he can, but it's not likelyany additional firefighters will be joining the task force. More than a dozenof their jobs are on the line after a failed tax renewal.

"It's a fact of life. Nobody likes taxes," Habegger said."We work with what we've got and do the best we can."

Habegger says he likes to think his inspections help savelives.

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