The East Contra Costa Fire Protection District (ECCFPD) announced that the Knightsen Fire Station (Station 94) will remain closed until January 1, 2015. The extended closure will allow the district to complete required maintenance and remediation after mold was found in the station.
On Friday, Oct. 24, the district stated that it was temporarily closing the Knightsen Fire Station due to bacteria in the district’s well, which provides water to the station. The four crews from the Knightsen Fire Station were moved to the downtown Brentwood Fire Station (Station 54), which was previously closed due to budgetary restrictions.
After finding the bacteria in the Knightsen Station's well, the district undertook additional testing at the fire station. The district learned on Friday, Nov. 7, that there was a higher-than-acceptable level of mold in the air samples taken at the station. The district has completed remediation of the bacteria in the well and added a connection to the local water provider to guard against any future water system contamination. The district will be working over the next several weeks to remediate mold in the heating and air-conditioning system, and will make additional necessary repairs to the restrooms.
The Knightsen Fire Station was built in the early 1960s and was not originally designed for continuous, 24/7 operations.
“Getting the fire station back in service, and ensuring that the station is safe for our firefighters, are our top priorities,” said Fire Chief Hugh Henderson. "Only then can our firefighters provide the best service for our communities."