Thursday September 23, 2004
An independent study of environmental and architectural needs in the 12 oldest firehouses was conducted this summer by two firms – Bailey and Associates and Micro-Analytics, both of Louisville.
The study determined that there were no pressing life or safety issues present in the firehouses, many of which were constructed nearly 100 years ago. One house – Station No. 7 at Sixth and York streets – was built in 1871, making it the oldest continuously used firehouse in the country.
The report did provide a comprehensive inventory of mid-term and long-term repair and maintenance needs. The Foundation for Our Future Fund -- proposed by Mayor Abramson and adopted by the Metro Council earlier this month -- set aside $1 million to address the most significant maintenance issues and to initiate a study next year of deployment and building needs. Firehouse locations and deployment have not been examined in Louisville in nearly 30 years.
The following summarizes the repair study’s major findings:
Environmental Repair Needs Diesel exhaust
None of the stations had levels of carbon monoxide or sulphur dioxide that exceeded federal standards
A few stations had small levels of carbon monoxide in the apparatus bay at engine start-up – in the range of 5 to about 20 parts per million
Only one station, Telesqurt 21, had levels of carbon monoxide that were approaching the recommended limit of 50 parts per million. The 35 parts per million level was only present at engine start-up. Mold
No extensive cases of mold were found
Mold was suspected in three areas:
The Female Dorm at Quad 6
The Male Locker Room at Station1
The Male Dorm at Truck No. 2
Elevated moisture levels – which can develop into mold problems over time if left unchecked – were found in several stations. (Squrt No. 17; Engine 7; Engine 15; Engine 10; Telesqurt 21) Asbestos
Most stations had one or more rooms with damaged floor tiles, which were recommended for repair and/or replacement to prevent future airborne problems Lead
Most stations had chipping or peeling paint, but none of the cases pose a dust hazard Architectural Repair Needs Roofs
The roof at Engine 7 needs resurfacing
The roof at Truck 1 should be partially replaced Walls
Significant water damage was reported at two locations – Engine 15, Telesqurt 21
A few stations need some tuck-pointing work, but most are in relatively good repair Windows
Windows represent the most common problem at the largest number of stations. Replacements are recommended to several windows at the 12 stations studied.