Within the space of 24 days, firefighters have been evacuated from the two of the town’s seven stations, highlighting growing concerns about the safety of living quarters for those who put themselves in harm’s way to save others.
Fire Chief Ed Bradley called the situation “unacceptable” and said he is responsible for the public’s safety and feels helpless.
Firefighters and a pump truck were evacuated from Station 7 Thursday when chunks of the concrete floor in the bay showered into the basement, exposing a disintegrating rebar beneath.
Located on Spooner Street and built in 1908, the town is in the process of replacing Station 7 with a new building on Hedge Road.
Firefighters and Engine 7 will be stationed at a Kingston firehouse in the interim.