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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.   

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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