Complaints spark firehouse air quality tests in Fairfax Co.

After a Fairfax County firetruck went up in flames at a Springfield fire station, some firefighters working there have complained about health issues. Is the air quality OK for them to breathe?

After a Fairfax County fire truck went up in flames at a Springfield fire station on May 14, some firefighters have complained about health issues.  
 
They want to know if the air quality is OK for them to breathe. 
 
The cause of the fire was determined to be an electrical issue in a truck parked in one of the two bays at Station 26.
Now, the walls of that bay are completely down and a fresh coat of paint has been applied to the outside and inside. Cleaning crews were still polishing the floors on Tuesday.  
 
Firefighters have been working there during and since the blaze, but were sent to sleep at two other stations while their building was cleaned and refurbished.  
 
After the living quarters were fixed up, staff were brought back. Then, two fire fighters complained of headaches and weakness. The living area was put in limited use while staff went back to sleeping elsewhere.
 
An independent contractor was brought in to conduct air quality tests. The test results are expected back on Wednesday. 
 
As it stands now, firefighters are using the living quarters area on a limited basis, until those new tests come back.  
 
The fire department's own initial tests did find low, but safe levels of the chemical benzene, according to WUSA9 sources.

 

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