Public Safety Committee chairs call for audit of MetroSafe operations

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - After staff at MetroSafe failed to manually activate tornado sirens during an early morning storm a few weeks ago, the Metro Council's Public Safety Committee Chair and Vice Chair have formally requested Mayor Greg Fischer audit the emergency the agency.

The request follows two committee meetings in March.

"Our chief responsibility is to ensure public safety, and we take that charge very seriously," said Councilman James Peden (R-23), who chairs the Committee," wrote in a letter to Fischer. "There have been numerous concerns with the operation of one of our city's most critical departments and we look forward to a long overdue top-to-bottom review of MetroSafe."

The letter asks for a review of the agency in line with audits currently going on with Public Works, Metro animal Services and Planning and Design. The Committee applauded the Mayor's review effort and asks that a similar process be given a high priority.

"We all know that public safety is a number one responsibility of Metro Government," said Councilman David James, Vice Chair of the Committee. "While we have heard of MetroSafe problems from Police, Fire, EMS and MetroSafe employees, a full review may resolve some lingering concerns so we can make sure all in Metro Louisville are being protected."

Emergency Management Director Doug Hamilton appeared before the Public Safety Committee to discuss the problem with notification from the National Weather Service which did not occur during severe weather in the area on Monday, February 28th. Concerns about personnel and training arose during the Contracts and Appointments Committee meeting that same week.

"I think such an audit is the next step to assuring the public that we on the Metro Council and the Mayor take these issues seriously," says Councilman David Yates (D-25) who is a member of the Committee.

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