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Buckhannon FD faced with odor problem

October 11, 2012
By Melissa Toothman - Staff Writer ( , The Inter-Mountain

A recent odor at the Buckhannon Fire Department has officials ready to pull the rug out from under themselves as they search for a solution.

Fire Chief Mitch Tacy told Buckhannon City Council last week there has been an odor problem at the fire station for the past month, referring to the smell as something similar to a "sour mop." He said a consultant has discovered that moisture accumulated beneath the carpeting by rising up through the slab of concrete just beneath it.

Tacy said some parts of the carpet were worse than others, and samples were collected for mold testing.

"The quality of air in the building is well within health limits, and there are no issues with our breathing whatsoever," Tacy said. "We've got an issue with their carpets though, so we're going to have to come up with some type of plan."

Tacy said one idea would be to take out the carpeting and replace it with laminate flooring, but that task could be more difficult than it sounds.

"We're kind of hesitant to use carpet, number one, for maintenance issue," the chief said. "But the floors were so uneven that it was going to take so much to prep it for tile. That's something we're going to have to look at in upcoming weeks."

Tacy also reported to council last week that annual pump tests were performed and completed.

"All of our trucks passed that test," he said. "The ladder trucks won't have to have the work. It kind of struggled with its vacuum test, but it didn't affect the pumping of it any."

Tacy added a ladder truck passed its annual certification, although it has a problem with a leaking water tank. He said the leak is being repaired.



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