Mold found in two fire stations
Mold discovered in two East Fork fire stations will require personnel to temporarily relocate while it’s cleaned up
Gardnerville Ranchos Station 7 and Minden Station 14 are affected, East Fork Chief Tod Carlini said Friday.
“During the course of a scheduled flooring replacement project at both Fire Station 7 and Fire Station 14 (County Road Station) mold was discovered along the base of the walls,” Carlini said. “In some cases the mold and worked its way up within the wall cavities. An environmental assessment was conducted to verify the findings.”
Carlini said the mold was only found on the staff side and won’t affect the Gardnerville Ranchos station’s use as a polling place.
Deputy Chief Steve Eisele said the health and welfare of personnel was the primary concern and relocating the crews and apparatus to an alternate location during the remediation was a necessary part of effecting repairs.
“The district is taking the opportunity to also upgrade and remodel the kitchen areas in both stations, to include new appliances and upgraded counter top surfaces and storage,” Carlini said. “The stations become the “home” for our personnel for more than one third of the year. We need to do what we can and within our means to make the living conditions as best we can.”
Both renovations projects were planned and included in the current budget.
Station 7 in the Gardnerville Ranchos is unstaffed for the next three to four weeks. The crews are living and working out of Fire Station 2 in Gardnerville.
Once the work at Station 7 is complete, crews from Station 14 (County Road Station) will be relocated to Gardnerville and work will commence on that station.
The cost of the work at both locations is estimated to be around $75,000. “The District would like to thank the public in advance for their understanding and cooperation during this project,” Carlini said.
Contact the District Office at 775-782-9040 with questions.