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Richmond Firefighters Union Wants Chief to Step Down

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RICHMOND - At least one person is calling for Fire Chief Robert Creecy to step down.

A stern request from the President of Richmond Firefighters Union says his comrades had to live in bad conditions for too long.

"The chief should resign over this - and you can put that on record," Keith Andes says. "For the betterment of this department, the chief should resign."

An 8News investigation last week discovered firefighters were living with missing ceiling tiles, a leaky roof and mold.

There's proof firefighters complained about these issues last year. But work orders obtained from the department of public works showed claimed the was complete.

"It had been reported, public works was working on it, we were working on it and so it was a work in progress," says Fire Chief Robert Creecy. "I am not satisfied that we did it as quickly as we could have but it wasn't that nobody was doing anything about it, or nobody cared."

There were also questions about asbestos in the building.

"I have no indication that there would be an asbestos problem in this station," Creecy says. "I can't rule that out in other stations. Whenever we have found asbestos to be a problem and it was identified, through scientific testing, we have taken measured to abate it."

It's been six days since the fire fighters had to leave station 14 because of the mold.

Now that they are back, there is a big difference.

Missing and damaged ceiling tiles have been replaced and there are even new vents in some places.

"We are going out to protect the city of  Richmond," Andes says. "All we want is for us to be protected at the station that we live at. We consider it our home."

 

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