Coalgate Officials Turn Up Heat To Clear Bed Bugs From New Fire - - No One Gets You Closer

Coalgate Officials Turn Up Heat To Clear Bed Bugs From New Fire Station

COALGATE, OK -- A pest problem has Coal County officials turning up the heat in their new firehouse. It's also leaving the sleeping quarters off limits to firefighters tonight.

It's a problem the city manager says could cost $2,000 to fix and they have 3 different things they're trying.  Meantime, EMTs are getting by and they went to a nearby dollar store to get something to rest on.

Good night, sleep tight, and don't led the bed bugs bite. In addition to dealing with the normal emergencies, firefighter-paramedics in Coalgate are also on alert when they get back to the new Public Safety Building after bed bugs turned up in a few bedrooms last weekend.

"They're nasty bugs, I mean any bugs is nasty, most people consider roaches, fleas any kind of bug," says Fire Chief David Holt.

"We did an inspection yesterday and we found a few dead ones," says city manager Roger Cosper. "We didn't find any live ones yesterday, so we're getting there and there's not that many but you know, 10 is too many, and by golly, we're gonna get 'em!"

While they're waiting for the rooms upstairs to be de-contaminated, the firefighters improvised and they got some cots to camp out downstairs.

"What we're doing is we're using heat," says Cosper.

Cosper says the heat is up past 100 degrees as a thermometer near the kitchen area showed, and they were planning a Thursday night steam cleaning, and to use spray or foggers.

"You turn up the furnaces and you heat it up and that will kill the adults and the eggs also after a period of time," says Cosper.

"It's been kind of a slow go because we have so much equipment and different things that we have to clean up, get out of the way," says Holt. "All the bedding, beds, closets that the guys keep their clothing in. All of that stuff has to be bagged and moved."

Cosper says they don't know where the bed bugs came from, but they're determined to get their 15 employees back to their rooms during their shifts and without fear of bed bugs.

"We don't want them to move us out. We want to move them out," says Holt.

If that wasn't enough, one ambulance had air conditioner problems and the other had to go back to the manufacturer with electrical problems, so they were stuck with one rig.

But Johnston County lent them a second ambulance and Holt says he just learned they're set to get one of the others back next week.