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Spokesman seeks fire department for Middleway area

January 19, 2007|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A spokesman for a local Ruritan on Thursday proposed establishing a fire department in the Middleway area of Jefferson County.

It was the second proposal for putting a new fire department in the Middleway area.

In November, Jefferson County government officials talked about possibly buying parts of an Eastman Kodak Co. plant in Middleway and using a section of the plant for a fire department.

Jefferson County Commissioner Rusty Morgan said Thursday the two proposals need to be examined closely to determine which location would work best.

County officials are interested in establishing a fire department and ambulance station in the Middleway area because of population growth.

Al Cates of the South Jefferson Ruritan Club told the commission Thursday that his organization would provide 14 acres along Leetown Road near Middleway for a fire department.

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The Ruritan club also would construct the building for the fire department, and the Ruritan club would use part of the building for its meetings and community events.

Cates said he would like to see one of the county's six existing fire departments establish a substation in the building, which would have two bays for firefighting equipment and one bay for an ambulance.

The county's six fire departments are volunteer, and there have been discussions about the possibility of having paid firefighters to help deal with a lack of volunteers to respond to calls.

The county had five volunteer fire departments for years. Last summer, a sixth volunteer department, the Bakerton Tactical Fire Department, was established.

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