Rats! - and Mold, Closes Lafayette Fire Station

Station 16 on Los Arabis Dr. in Lafayette has been closed under advice from County Risk Management. Officials are unsure when the station will be re-opened

As of last week, Fire Station 16 on Los Arabis Drive in Lafayette has been closed indefinitely due to rodent infestation and leaking plumbing.

It is believed that rats under the station may have chewed the plumbing pipes, causing the leaking issues at the station, according to Contra Costa County Fire District Facilities Manager Ron Guelden. The leaks have caused mold contamination and the station was closed last week under the advice of County Risk Management.

Guelden said that because they don’t know how big the problem is, they do not know when the station will be open again. An assessment is underway.

Firefightersl from Station 16 have been relocated to Station 15 on Mt. Diablo Blvd. until the issue is resolved.

Lafayette has a mutual aid agreement with the Moraga-Orinda Fire District, and Station 43 in Orinda is not far from Station 16, thus delayed response time should is not expected to be much of a problem, according to Guelden.   

X June 26, 2012 at 07:22 AM
Steve Cohn June 26, 2012 at 06:25 PM
According to the 2008 LAFCO report, Station 16 in Lafayette which is closing responds to about 250 calls per year while the adjacent Station 43 in Orinda responds to 225. Sounds like the Station 43 crew is going to be spending a lot of time in Lafayette. However, MOFD is planning on spending $3 million to replace the Station 43 building in the same place it is now. Sounds like it might be smarter for MOFD and ConFire to build a joint station near the border, splitting the construction and staffing costs.
Chris Nicholson June 26, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Exactly. I'll admit to an involuntary laugh when I read this in the article: "...Station 43 in Orinda is not far from Station 16, thus delayed response time is not expected to be much of a problem, according to Guelden" The natural implications of this admission are obvious to anyone who cares about efficiency, but alas are lost on our dedicated civil servants. We taxpayers are hungry, so forgive us from innocently assuming that rats eating half the government's grain might cause a problem for them and, therefore, us. It is with mixed emotions than we learn that nearby redundant silos are full and that all bellies will remain full.
X June 26, 2012 at 07:19 PM
ConFire wanted to close this station during budget cut talks a year or two ago. But, nearby residents wanted the station to remain open so a closure was somehow avoided. I remember the ConFire representative telling residents that the building was in bad shape (again a year or two ago). Also, if I remember correctly, most of these calls weren't fires. I think they were medical assistance calls.
Steve Cohn June 26, 2012 at 08:02 PM
There are not many fires, period. For every 150 incidents, 100 are medical and one is a building fire.
Diana Stephens June 26, 2012 at 09:44 PM
MOFD's finances, while better than most due to generous funding, are not such that we can subsidize Confire.
CJ June 26, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Mold? Really? Let's put the non-issue of mold up for logical examination. Fact: ALmost every home with a climate controlled area under the floor has some mold growing. Moisture plus oragnics =mold. If mold was as dangerous as the environmental/health crisis industry would have us believe. EVERY home in europe with a basement would be quarantined and people would be dying in the emergency rooms from the terrible mold plague. Mold? Spare me the tears. Rats? WHo doesn't have rats under their home?? They can sqeeze into virtually anywhere. This is a fabricated story to shut down an old firehouse.
CJ June 26, 2012 at 09:59 PM
That should read "without a climate controlled"
lovelafayette June 26, 2012 at 11:11 PM
CC County risk management ordered it closed not Con Fire. The optimistic side says to protect the health of the firepersons, the cynical side says to avoid OSHA fines and WC claims for coughs and rashes and sniffles and cognitive impairment. There was another Happy Valley fire house closed a few years ago, same reason, or maybe it was this one?


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