Apr. 9—BLUEFIELD — Generous donations and months of hard work breathed new life Thursday into a firehouse substation that will serve both
Mold and substandard living conditions were among the station's many shortcomings, so based on the fire chief's recommendations, the substation was shut down, Rideout said.
"It's been a two-year work in progress, and I think you will all be extremely pleased with what you're about to see," he told the guests. "The future of this fire station is important. I've heard some naysayers talk about that we don't need a substation out here in this area and we're not a town big enough for that. We're not basing
Photographs posted on the fire station's walls gave visitors a before-and-after look at the changes. Project Manager
"These guys in lime green shirts did all this work," Hester said. "They're phenomenal."
The project team included
The renovations were all paid through private donations.
"We couldn't have gotten this project jumpstarted without her initial donation," Rideout said adding that the renovation project's overall cost was "just north of
Peters helped cut the ribbon and later said why supporting the fire department was so important.
"These men, they put their lives on the line for us and they really don't get credit for what they do," she said.
Having good facilities is essential for firefighters who serve will serve at the renovated fire station all day, said Chief
"We do just about everything other than arrests," Bailey said. "We'll have two (firefighers) per shift. There will be six on a rotating shift. That crew will be here (Thursday) tonight. If everything goes according to plan, they will be here tonight."
"This is one of those projects on the board that I wanted to see through," said Vice Mayor
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