Stockton Fire Station Closed for Asbestos Testing
Last month, it was reported that Stockton Fire Department Station 6 had been closed for asbestos testing. The 1940’s era building is also undergoing other renovation activities to improve the facility and increase energy efficiency of the aging structure.
In the past, asbestos was added to many common building materials which continue to cause health and safety concerns all across California. These asbestos containing materials may include pipes, wallboard, siding, tiles, flooring, plasters, fireproofing materials, insulation, joint compound, shingles, caulking, insulation and numerous other products. Exposure to asbestos fibers can cause mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer. These conditions may not develop until years after exposure.
As first responders, firefighters risk their lives battling fires and rescuing people in burning buildings and emergency situations. These scenarios can also easily aerosolize asbestos fibers into the air in older structures during firefighting operations. Unfortunately, due to its heat resistant properties, asbestos was even used in some firefighting safety gear in the past before its dangers were known.
“Firefighters already have an increased risk of exposure to asbestos when battling fires, the last thing they need to worry about is exposure at their fire station,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager at LA Testing’s Garden Grove facility. “Removing the asbestos from the Stockton Station is good news for the men and women who work there. Asbestos testing after a fire can also help protect people investigating the fire, remediating or demolishing the building, and nearby residents from needless risks. LA Testing provides comprehensive asbestos testing services to help prevent potential exposure to these dangerous fibers.”
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