The city of Nashville, Tennessee reported that black mold was found in all but four of its 37 fire stations.
According to Nashville firefighters union President Gary Moore, there is little firefighters can do to protect themselves from the mold found at 33 fire stations. “There’s not a whole lot they can do until the problems are alleviated.” Moore said. “They have to endure the problem.”
As the president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 140, Moore decided to test all 37 fire stations in the city with home test kits after a firefighter at Station 24 was diagnosed with respiratory problems related to mold. “It started the ball rolling,” Moore said. “I think the perception was that we had a problem, but it was a minor problem. Now we know its a pretty substantial problem.”
The results of the tests were given to Nashville Fire Chief Stephen Halford who ordered a mold assessment of all the fire stations at a cost of $44,000. It could take weeks before the assessment is complete.
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