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Deputy Director of Fire Bobby Lillard looks over the new wall at the fire station.

The Danville Fire Department has two female firefighters, neither of whom are currently assigned to fire station No. 2 on North Vermilion Street.

But individualized sleeping rooms will make for a more comfortable area if the women are rotated to the station or new women join the ranks.

Mold forced firefighters out of fire station No. 2 last month.

Now other remodeling to the kitchen, lounge and sleeping areas continues.

Firefighters will have to endure a few more weeks in campers outside the fire sta-tion while the work is completed.

The city council’s Public Works Committee this week recommended approving a contract not to exceed $16,935 for repairs at the station.

Public Works Director Doug Ahrens said McDowell Builders Inc. of Sidell performed demolition, insulation and drywall work to the fire station’s living quarters.

City staff will finish plumbing and painting work and replace windows.

Ahrens told aldermen the best long-term solution due to the mold conditions at the fire station was to eliminate any openings and/or materials that could potentially contain mold.

He said it also became desirable to renovate the firefighters’ living area to better reflect the current operations and personnel and increase insulation materials and replace aged and deteriorated windows.

Work is anticipated to last another two to three weeks.

Ahrens said fire department staff designed the changes.

Deputy Director of Fire Bobby Lillard said the station was built in 1962. It’s the oldest of the city’s four stations.

Minor remodeling occurred through the years, such as with paneling, he said.

The station will have new ceilings, carpeting and cabinets. A wall was shortened between the kitchen and television lounge areas to make the rooms a little more open.

A wall also has been added to make two separate bedrooms with windows for the two firefighters stationed there per shift.

The room had been just an open space. The firefighters previously used lockers to make walls.

“It will give the guys a little privacy,” Lillard said.

The lieutenant has a separate office/bedroom. A common recreation area where the exercise equipment will be sits in the middle.

Lillard said the renovations just worked out with the firefighters being displaced.

Part of the garage bay now houses a television, chairs and table for living space outside the campers.

“It was time for a little upgrading,” Lillard said.

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