Firefighters and paramedics have been evacuated from their personal station because it is over-run with Legionella bacteria.

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Emergency crews fled the base right after it was discovered that the water method was teeming with the Legionella bacteria.

The fire station, which is shared with ambulance 999 crews, is owned by Thames Water, which leases it to Surrey County Council.

A fire brigade source mentioned that experts had been trying to eradicate the legionella bug from the Staines Fire Station for two weeks but had so far failed.

Portable toilets and showers had been taken to the building in Staines-on-Thames, Surrey, to attempt to guard the crews from contracting the potentially-deadly Legionnaires’ illness but on Friday the decision was made to evacuate the ambulance and fire crews to other bases until the bug was flushed out.

None of the emergency crews based at the station have so far fallen ill from the bug but authorities mentioned it was also hazardous for them to remain in the building and a choice was created to evacuate the paramedics to one more ambulance base and re-locate the fire crews to a further fire station.

A spokesman for Surrey County Council, which runs the fire service and has a lengthy lease on Staines Fire Station, said: “We can confirm that traces of legionella have been found in the water system at Staines Fire Station following a routine inspection and it is believed to be contained to this developing.

“It is not uncommon for legionella to be identified in massive buildings with no effect on human well being in most cases.

“Perform is underway to flush out the bacteria as quickly as probable”

The spokesman confirmed that fire crews had been moved to Sunbury Fire Station as a brief-term precaution.

Thames Water denied it was in any way to blame for the outbreak of legionella, despite owning the developing.

A spokesman for the utility mentioned: “It is our land but the creating is on a extended lease to Surrey County Council. The actual water supplier for that location is Affinity Water, not Thames, but this would be practically nothing to do with water quality.”

The fire brigade source stated: “Everybody was a bit taken aback when they discovered legionnaire’s illness in the fire and ambulance station.

“Experts have spent two weeks trying to get rid of the bug but it is quite persistent and there is talk that they may well have to replace all the plumbing to get rid of it.”