ORLANDO, Fla. — 9 Investigates discovered the city of Orlando and its fire department will not be fined after firefighters were exposed to asbestos while prepping a building for training.
The city could have been forced to pay thousands for the conditions.
Channel 9's Jeff Levkulich spoke with fire department leaders Tuesday, who said they're making sweeping changes.
The fire department will implement a new asbestos training program.
In the last 10 years, only seven similar cases have resulted in no fines.
According to documents from the Orange County Environmental Protection Division, 42 companies have been fined over the last 10 years for violating asbestos regulations.
The fines ranged from $650 to $90,000.
Orlando firefighters were exposed to the hazardous substance last February at the building used for training on Mercy Drive.
After a recent hearing, the city and the fire department, which were facing fines of $25,000 per violation, were not fined.
“I do think it's a win-win for everybody involved," said Orlando Fire Department Deputy Chief Gerald Lane.
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