Officials agree the station is inadequate but Prinz said there are some aspects that are safety concerns. The turnout gear for the three-to-four firefighter/paramedics who man the station, are stored in cages right next to the Quint fire truck, so close it’s hard to get things in and out of the truck.
The proximity to the fumes from the vehicles and sunlight that streams through the open bays is degrading the fabric and making the equipment potentially unsafe, according to the chief.
Workout machines, which are critical to keeping firefighters physically fit and injury free, are stored in a room barely big enough to fit one person — overflow equipment is in the furnace room.
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Other features that are not necessarily safety concerns are the cramped sleeping quarters and lockers that sit in a hallway, providing zero privacy. The firefighters’ community room doubles as a training room, so personnel hooked up to the computer there for joint training with the other stations, have to try to concentrate over the din of people cooking, eating and relaxing.
Trustee Ann Becker said they must address their “forgotten” station but they want the public’s input in that decision.
“It’s important to get the public’s buy-in, let you guys see what’s going on there, because it’s one of our essential services,” she said after the board approved looking for an expert.