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Fire company breaks ground on new facility

August 26, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

HEDGESVILLE, W.VA. - The Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Co. broke ground Saturday morning at the site of its new facility off W.Va. 9.

Set to open in August 2008, the 20,000-square-foot building will cost about $2 million, not including the cost of land, said Steve Teufel, president of the Berkeley County Commission.

Half of the building is designed as bays to house the company's engines, and the other half will be a two-story structure with offices, bunk rooms and a meeting room, Teufel said.

The Berkeley County Fire Board is funding the project, he said.

Teufel promised a "fabulous facility" to the crowd that gathered for the groundbreaking.

Serious discussion about how to fund the project began about three years ago, he said.

Fire company President Richie Cain was joined by David Stanley of Corbin Construction and Excavating Inc.; Rodney Crowell, vice president of the Hedgesville Volunteer Fire Co.; junior firefighter Bradley R. Crowell; and firefighter Dee Young for the official groundbreaking.

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Standing in a row before a fire engine, the men plunged shiny new shovels into ground off W.Va. 9 east of Butler's Chapel Road.

The fire company uses five engines and three trucks to respond to emergencies within a 32-square-mile area, Cain said.

In the last year, the company responded to about 800 ambulance calls and 700 fire calls, he said.

Company officials first began discussing the need for a new facility in the 1980s, Cain said.

"The community just started growing so rapidly," he said.

The new building will be state of the art, Cain said.

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