Pasco County Fire Rescue is temporarily closing Fire Station 39 due to a bat colony taking up residence in the building.
The fire chief tells ABC Action News, bats have been living on their property for years, but recently have become brazen and now pose a serious health risk to firefighters.
According to the chief, they’ve spotted bats flying in living quarters, including bunk rooms, bathrooms and the weight room.
Several bats have been found living inside the building, creating unsanitary and unsafe conditions, according to Pasco County Fire Rescue.
During the closure, Engine 39 will be responding out of Fire Station 20 in Shady Hills and Rescue 39 will be operating out of Fire Station 10 in Hudson.
Hernando County Fire Rescue will also be providing mutual aid in northwest Pasco county.