Ozark (MO) Fire Protection District Closes Station Over Safety Concerns

OFPD firefighters are temporarily moving its Fire Station 3 personnel over to Station 1 because an air quality test found unsafe levels of mold.

According to a report from KY3, Ozark (MO) Fire Protection District (OFPD) firefighters are temporarily moving its Fire Station 3 personnel over to Station 1 because an air quality test found unsafe levels of mold that could hurt OFPD firefighters’ health.

Fire Station 3 was built at the same time as two other fire stations back in the 1990s. Two of those three stations have since been demolished for mold or structural problems.

OFPD Chief Jarett Methany says his top priority is the safety of his firefighters. He said that he is closely monitoring response times now that the department has moved the firefighters about 11 minutes farther away from the southern area they cover.

Methany he impact it has on our citizens is a very hard call to make,” said Methany. We have to be very cognizant that our citizens have a very high expectation of the services we provide and we want to make sure we meet that 100 percent of the time. So that’s a hard call.”

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