04/20/2012

Video: NYC rescue turns into FDNY vs. NYPD jurisdiction battle

Cops, firefighters squabbled over safety issues and who should have been in charge

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By Sabrina Ford and Rebecca Harshbarger
The New York Post

NEW YORK — Three workers were saved from a dangling scaffold on an Upper East Side high-rise yesterday — but the rescue operation became a battle of the badges when cops and firefighters squabbled over safety issues and who should have been in charge.

The men were doing brick work at 200 E. 66th St., a 21-story condo building, when their scaffold nearly tipped over between the 17th and 18th floors around 10 a.m., authorities said.

Police and firefighters raced to the scene minutes later, and launched separate rescue efforts.

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