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DC firehouses infested with bed bugs, in ill-repair

Firefighters are forced to sleep in trucks or in personal vehicles to avoid being bitten

By Andrea Noble
Washington Times

WASHINGTON — A bedbug infestation at a Northwest Washington fire station left firefighters sleeping in their personal vehicles or in the firetrucks to avoid being bitten by the bugs in their bunkrooms, a report on the conditions at D.C. firehouses found.

The 180-page report by the Office of the Inspector General details a wide swath of problematic conditions at D.C. fire stations across the city, including a lack of working smoke detectors, leaking roofs, flooded basements, rodent infestations and inoperable heating or cooling systems. Among the findings, 19 stations had significant rodent problems with one reporting that dead mice had been found in a refrigerator, seven did not have functional heating systems in living quarters, 27 did not have fire extinguishers, and 22 reported that the monitor that displays call information either was not working or was unreliable.

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Wayland Slater Wayland Slater Friday, December 14, 2012 6:13:06 PM "No formal policy for reporting and overseeing complaints"? Give me a break. Why would you need a policy? How about a request from any Chief or Officer being sent to the Chief Ellerbee's office? I'm sure there were daily complaints were made. It sounds like complaints went unheeded and it took an inspection team to bring these conditions to the forefront. At one time there was a budget problem and things were not fixed, upgraded, etc. to save money. Now look at what they've got. It's going to be much more expensive to address. In some cases it seems that some of these station's would be condemned. Instead there are heroes "living" in these conditions. And if I'm not mistaken, awhile back there was a shortage of stations then. Now that things have gotten out of control, what are they going to do if they have to close a station due to repairs and/or God forbid demolish some of these buildings? Maybe since I'm from a small city dept. and don't understand a large city dept. operates, but I do have some common sense. But all-in-all, how and why have some of these stations have got into these conditions.

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