Arundel firefighters relocated while asbestos is removed from their Brooklyn Park station

April 13, 1997|By Jean Thompson | Jean Thompson,SUN STAFF

Brooklyn Park's fire station on Ritchie Highway closed Friday and will remain shuttered indefinitely while contractors remove asbestos tiling discovered in the building's floor and stairway.

Firefighters and other rescue employees moved about 1 1/2 miles away, to the northern county police station on Hammonds Lane, said Battalion Chief Gary Sheckells, spokesman for Anne Arundel County EMS Fire-Rescue.

They have left their trucks parked at the station and will use instead surplus fire vehicles based at the police station.

"No one should go up and knock on the door expecting to have a firefighter answer the door," Sheckells said. "In an emergency, the firefighters can be reached the usual way, by dialing 911." Service to some Brooklyn Park addresses could take 30 seconds to a minute longer than before, he added.

The asbestos tiling was discovered by contractors who are repairing electrical and heating systems and modernizing the Brooklyn Park fire station, built in the 1930s, Sheckells said.

Pub Date: 4/13/97

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