Suffolk Fire and Rescue's Station 1 is located on Market Street.
Suffolk Fire and Rescue's Station 1 is located on Market Street.

Bites displace firefighters

Published 8:15pm Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Firefighters from Station 1 were displaced from their usual home away from home for a few days this week.

The temporary relocation of personnel from the Market Street station took place after an employee reported small insect bites possibly sustained in the bunk room at the station.

Fearing bedbugs, city officials “immediately arranged for an evaluation of the facility,” city Chief of Staff Debbie George said in an email.

“After careful inspection by experts, no active bedbug activity was found within the station,” she said.

However, “we did find that the mattresses in the station were not in the best condition,” she added. “For the safety and the well being of our employees, we have arranged for the purchase of new mattresses, box springs and linens for the entire station.”

Capital Programs and Buildings also scheduled a preventive extermination service for Wednesday, and staff were set to return to the station Thursday.

“Fire and medical operations were not impacted, as equipment and personnel were staged within the normal response area,” George wrote.

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  • Peanutbred

    A simple dusting of FOOD GRADE diatomaceous earth (DE) is highly effective against bedbugs, fleas, ticks, and even stinkbugs. It also reduces cholesterol and alleviates arthritic pain. DE is available at Tractor Supply.

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  • pumpn_fe

    the angry volunteers down the street probably put them in there as a joke.

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  • KNRMCO

    GLAD TO SEE THAT THEY ARE REPLACING THE MATTRESSES, HOPEFULLY THEY ALSO BROUGHT IN AN EXTERMINATOR.

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  • Savannah

    EcK! These critters are my worst fear ever!! Almost impossible to get rid of, and expensive to exterminate.

    My son has been in Las Vegas this past week and is due home tomorrow. Hotels freak me out. Even really nice places are having bed bug issues.

    I swear, he better not bring any “friends” home with him. :(

    /twitches

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