ALABASTER, Ala. (WIAT) — Firefighters in Alabaster are working with city leaders to make sure the fire stations can withstand heavy rain.
During a routine maintenance procedure at fire station number 1, teams discovered mold just above the ceiling. The Alabaster City Council voted to give emergency money to do repairs. That station was shut down for weeks while a roofing company applied a waterproof seal on top of the roof to prevent more leakage.
Now, city leaders want to apply the same sealant on the other two fire stations in Alabaster as a preventive measure. Mayor Marty Handlon estimates the cost to be around $34, 000 dollars.
“They’re out there saving lives,” Handlon says, “So we definitely want to do what we can to protect them.”
Alabaster Fire Chief Jim Golden says fixing this problem will pay off for residents as well as firefighters.
“We want to be proactive,” Golden says, “And try to prevent closing another fire station for extended repairs.”
The Alabaster City Council will vote Monday night on whether or not to fund the projects.