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DC firehouses infested with bed bugs, in ill-repair

Firefighters are forced to sleep in trucks or in personal vehicles to avoid being bitten

By Andrea Noble
Washington Times

WASHINGTON — A bedbug infestation at a Northwest Washington fire station left firefighters sleeping in their personal vehicles or in the firetrucks to avoid being bitten by the bugs in their bunkrooms, a report on the conditions at D.C. firehouses found.

The 180-page report by the Office of the Inspector General details a wide swath of problematic conditions at D.C. fire stations across the city, including a lack of working smoke detectors, leaking roofs, flooded basements, rodent infestations and inoperable heating or cooling systems. Among the findings, 19 stations had significant rodent problems with one reporting that dead mice had been found in a refrigerator, seven did not have functional heating systems in living quarters, 27 did not have fire extinguishers, and 22 reported that the monitor that displays call information either was not working or was unreliable.

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Edward M. Violett Edward M. Violett Friday, December 14, 2012 6:37:44 PM OK! Do they have not a union or what. They work in the Nations Capital and protect the President. You would think this could not happen. Sounds like what Detriot Firefighters are going through too. Very sad.
Colt Doman Colt Doman Saturday, December 15, 2012 6:49:18 AM Very sad, and I'm sure they work with a budget that barely allows them to operate. Firefighters and police have become expendable at the hands of incompetent politicians as they waste money on parks and social programs and layoff our brothers.
Dahai Dong Dahai Dong Saturday, December 15, 2012 7:50:45 AM People use poor bed bug methods. Even professional spray is difficult to kill those behind wall and under carpet because legal chemicals’ residue is not active and steam can’t penetrate wall. A bed bug may lay up to 300 eggs. Killing and laying egg competition may never end. Starving is the best to kill 100% bed bugs no matter where they are. Bed bugs may live for one year in a refrigerator but less than 3 months beside a bed sized bed bug trap. Starving method solves the problem immediately due to no more bite and negligible daily effort. Your confidence to stop bed bug bites forever is as high as sleeping in a slippery bathtub every night. Click “Show more” in the video for detailed procedure and why average bed bugs’ life is only 6 weeks if you use bed sized trap/barrier.

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