SPRINGFIELD, Mo.–Fire crews in Ozark are looking for a new station. For the past few months, staff has had to conduct business at another location because of mold.
Since the fall of last year, Ozark Fire Station 2 has been working out of the Christian County Ambulance District and the fire chief says the new location has had virtually no affect on response times to fires.
“When it rains, the building leaks, gets inside there and it will be between the wood frame structure that was added and the concrete block,” says Chief Darren White.
That combination, Chief White says created mold at his fire station resulting in an extremely unhealthy atmosphere.
“We did some air tests and those tests came back 30 times greater than what the safe level is for that type of mold so once we got that, we immediately moved the guys out,” says Chief White.
Crews have moved into the Christian County Ambulance District building and Chief White says nothing has changed for the staff there or for residents in the quality of service.
“I don’t think it has at all. If anything with response time, it would be literally a matter of seconds. To some areas, to some heavily populated areas like Fremont Hills, it could actually be quicker because we’re closer to them,” says Chief White.
Even though the temporary arrangement has worked well, Chief White is still anxious to find a new permanent home for his staff.
“One board member said our engine is in somebody else’s house so we need to get this done,” says Chief White.
Chief White says they are looking at either fixing the mold problem at their old station or tearing it down and building a new one or relocating to other property that they own.