Fire Station Dealing with Bed Bug Problem
Friday, August 5, 2011
BROWNSVILLE - One of the Valley's largest fire department is
dealing with one big bad problem. Their station is infested with
The Brownsville fire chief tells said this is the first time
something like this has ever happened. The bed bug problem forced
some firefighters to find a new place to sleep at night.
Right now, no one is allowed on the second floor of Brownsville's
central fire station. It used to be a home away from home for 14
firefighters. Brownsville Fire Chief Lenny Perez says that was
before a new guest arrived.
"One of the firefighters reported quite a few bites on her body.
When they investigated in there, that's when they found one
particular bed infested with it," said the fire chief.
Perez explained the bed bugs were carried in from a call, either on
his firefighters' clothes or a bag. Brownsville fire commanders
plan to dispose of all the beds, then call in a licensed
exterminator to treat the area.
Perez said his main concern is to make sure his crews feel at ease
so they can come to work. He wants them protected inside and
outside of the station.
The fire chief says new beds should arrive to the fire station by