Mt. Vernon firefighters want conditions improved at Station 3 firehouse

Union president Ernie Richardson tells News 12 that they've also had to deal with water bugs, mice, mold and a shortage of staff that has led to undermanned trucks. (6/24/13)

MOUNT VERNON - Members of Mount Vernon Fire Department Station 3 say the city has ignored requests to improve conditions at their firehouse.

The firefighters haven't had air conditioning at the firehouse in three years. Union president Ernie Richardson tells News 12 that they've also had to deal with water bugs, mice, mold and a shortage of staff that has led to undermanned trucks.

News 12 was also told that only three out of eight doors are able to open for the fire trucks to pass through. Richardson says the door issue causes more problems since the tubes that are supposed to push exhaust from the trucks out of the building don't work.

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The firefighters say they've made desperate pleas to the city that have gone unanswered.

Calls to the Mount Vernon Mayor Ernie Davis' office for comment were not yet returned. 

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