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Renovation will help protect Springdale firefighters at Station No. 4

SPRINGDALE — The City Council has answered the call to protect the firefighters in the Fire Department.

The council on Tuesday night unanimously approved a $7,800 contract with Crafton Tull for architectural services to renovate Fire Station No. 4 on Elm Springs Road.

“We’re trying to help with the decontamination of our individuals,” Fire Chief Mike Irwin told the council. “And that’s become very different with our pandemic calls.”

Even without the threat of covid-19, firefighters’ exposure to smoke and burning of hazardous chemicals at fire sites and even the diesel fumes from engines and ambulances has been linked to cancer, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

The renovated space at Station No. 4 will include showers, washing machines and a new weight room to help protect its firefighters and get them ready more quickly for the next call, Irwin said.

“This will help improve response times for our

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