Asbestos concerns close Philadelphia fire house

Monday, April 30, 2012

The Philadelphia Fire Department announced Monday that is temporarily closing the building that houses Ladder 15 and Medic Unit 47 for an immediate and necessary maintenance repair.

Action News has learned that the repair of the fire house at 1652-54 Foulkrod Street in Frankford will address the possible presence of asbestos insulation encasing older heating and water pipes in the building.

Asbestos is a known carcinogen.

The fire department said in a statement that Ladder 15 and Medic Unit 47 have been temporarily relocated to the closest firehouses in the area "that have available space to accommodate the additional equipment and personnel" of each unit.

"The Fire Department's Fire Communications Center will monitor all call activity in Ladder Company 15 and Medic 47's first response areas and if necessary, any logistical changes will be made immediately," said the statement.

The fire department says the units will return to the Foulkrod Street facility once the necessary repairs are made.

"The Fire Department's current expectation is for the repairs to be resolved promptly and the apparatus returned to their stations as soon as possible," said the statement.

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