Early results look promising for fire station mold
October 23, 2007
Preliminary results from studies of the mold scare at the Martis Valley station shared by personnel from Calfire and the Truckee Fire Protection District suggest low risk of exposure to firefighters.
The investigation into potential mold problems prompted Calfire to close shop early on Oct. 10. That’s around the time the state agency would usually reduce staff at the end of the annual fire season anyway.
The Truckee district, which occupies a different part of the building, remained fully staffed.
“We had tests done and we are waiting for official results, but the initial prognosis is that it is basic mold, nothing significant,” said Calfire Battalion Chief Doug Rinella. “It looks like it’s nothing toxic or carcinogenic, but we are waiting for official results before taking the next step.”
Calfire is anticipating re-staffing the station by next fire season, Rinella said. He added that the two-to-three employees who routinely staff the station over the winter months will continue to work in the field.
Minor repairs and roof work are planned to prevent further mold problems, said Truckee Fire Chief Bryce Keller.
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“We have to replace some ceiling panels and repair a dryer vent,” Keller said. “And ultimately next spring, we will do significant roof repairs.”