[Matthew Apgar / Daily Chronicle]
Polarek described challenges such as backing up a fire engine in traffic on a busy DeKalb Avenue, and the necessity of paying more for custom-made fire engines to fit the shorter bay doors. Last year, it cost an extra $30,000 in customization on a $410,000 truck to ensure that it would fit in the station.
Kluber representative Chris Hansen showed the City Council on Wednesday photos taken of the firehouse. In two locations, holes in the building allow air to enter directly into the area above ceilings, including in the living quarters of the station. The tar and gravel roof is reaching the end of its useful life. An aesthetic move made years ago has shortened the life of the windows, Hansen said.
“A number of years ago, there was a decision made to paint the actual glass panels, and this has actually accelerated the deterioration of them,” Hansen said.
The paint caused a heat build up on the glass, and the temperature difference caused the glass to crack, he said.