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Fire company breaks ground on new station

May 19, 2000|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The Citizens Volunteer Fire Co. will break ground this morning on a new $3 million fire station on seven acres it has acquired along the Charles Town Bypass.

Construction of the fire station will be divided into three phases. The first phase will cost $1.3 million, said Doug McDonough, president of the fire department. About $400,000 has been raised for the first phase, he said.

Construction of the first phase will start in about two weeks and will be completed around next February, McDonough said.

The first phase will include six drive-through bays, administrative offices and sleeping areas for men and women firefighters, McDonough said. The fire department plans to move into the station after the first phase is completed, he said.

The second phase will include construction of a social hall, and the third phase will include a kitchen, McDonough said.

The fire department has been holding a large-scale fund-raising campaign to pay for the new station since last year. The campaign has included a pancake dinners, breakfasts, a hog feed and a raffle for a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Participants in the motorcycle contest paid $25 for a chance to win the Harley-Davidson.

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The fire department will assess its fund-raising campaign before starting the second phase, McDonough said, adding that the department will have 90 days after the completion of the first phase to decide how quickly it wants to proceed.

The fire department needs the new station so it can grow, McDonough said. The current four-bay station at the corner of West and Washington streets in Charles Town cannot be expanded, and there is no room for parking and no room to have fund-raising events, McDonough said.

Today's groundbreaking will be at 11 a.m. at the station's new property, behind the IHS Nursing Home off the bypass.

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