Temporary A/C units arrived on Monday.

Atlanta firefighters say they were without air conditioning for weeks

Atlanta firefighters may battle blazes on the regular, but that doesn't mean they're immune to heat.

During the waning days of spring, with temperatures in the 90s, firefighters say they went without air conditioning for five weeks. Firefighters at Station 4 on Edgewood Avenue told Channel 2 Action News that the area where they eat and congregate didn’t have AC.

A lieutenant at the station on Tuesday referred The Atlanta Journal-Constitution to a spokesman; the spokesman did not respond. Atlanta Fire Rescue Department officials also declined to comment to Channel 2 on Monday, but reporter Sophia Choi watched as a couple temporary units were delivered to the Old Fourth Ward station.

City spokesman Michael Smith confirmed that two “spot coolers” were delivered until a permanent solution takes place. 

“More than a year ago, contracts totaling $380,000 were approved for general upgrades, repairs and maintenance for Fire Station 4,” Smith said in a statement to the television station. “This work — slated to begin next month — includes the installation of a new HVAC unit and running new duct work.”

After the temporary units were installed, firefighters told Channel 2 that their quarters were beginning to cool off.  


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