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Plans for fire department in Middleway progressing

February 16, 2008|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Plans for a new fire department in Middleway, W.Va., are progressing, a man working on the project told the Jefferson County Commission Thursday.

Members of the department working to implement the new service have received the approvals they need to obtain property, equipment and other needs, said Mike Mood, who has served as a captain and a lieutenant for the Blue Ridge Mountain Fire Co. and as a police officer in Washington, D.C.

The fire department has a temporary facility to house a fire engine, Mood said.

That building is a two-bay garage along Leetown Road in Middleway, which is owned by one of the department's members, Mood said.

The department also has been talking to 911 officials about radios that it will need, Mood said.

Mood has said a fire department is needed in the Middleway area because of long response times to fires in the area and residential growth there.

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The new department would be the seventh in the county. A sixth department -- Bakerton Fire Department -- was formed recently to strengthen fire protection in that area.

-- Dave McMillion

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