Bats in the bunkroom force Nevada firehouse to close

A bat clings to a window screen at Fire Station 30 in Nevada's Washoe Valley. Credit:	Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue

(CNN) — A bat infestation has forced a fire station in Nevada to close for an “undetermined amount of time,” according to a release from the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District.

A bat clings to a window screen at Fire Station 30 in Nevada’s Washoe Valley.Credit: Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue 

“Due to an infestation of bats, it has been determined that the station is a health and safety risk to fire crews,” the release said. “Bats have been flying in the living quarters, and dead bats have been found in the apparatus bay.”

Fire Station 30, which dates to the 1950s, is in the Washoe Valley about 20 miles south of Reno and next to the historic Bowers Mansion.

Firefighters and paramedics who work there are being relocated to a nearby station as the bat infestation is addressed.

This isn’t the first time that the fire district has faced a bat problem.

“The Fire District attempted to remediate the problem in 2015, only to have the bats return,” the release said. “Staff will review possible options including contamination cleanup.”

The fire district also notes that rabies is a concern when it comes to bats, along with other diseases that can be transmitted to humans.

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