EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSAEP Donates Land To Build New Glasgow Volunteer Fire Station
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Reported by: Leslie Rubin
Videographer: Matt Durrett
Web Producer: Leslie Rubin
Reported: Sep. 16, 2013 6:21 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 17, 2013 9:48 AM EDT
Glasgow , Kanawha County , West Virginia
New life for a Kanawha County volunteer fire department thanks to a generous donation from AEP.
In 1973, the home of the Glasgow Volunteer Fire Department had a 30 year expectancy. Fast forward to today, more than 40 years later, and the building is showing definite signs of it's age.
The building sits in an area deemed by the county as 100 year flood zone. They were also hit by lightning in July, causing electrical problems which then led to the discovery of serious structural problems. Problems that were so bad, they can't even house the firetrucks inside the fire station.
"For now we have some stationed at the Belle Fire Department, the Pratt Fire Department and with the graciounsess of Cabot gas, they let us use their parking lot," says Chief Marty Blankenship.
On Monday, American Electric Power donated eight acres of land adjacent to their Kanawha River Plant to the department. The site will be the future home of the new and improved Glasgow Volunteer Fire Department.
"It just feels good to give back to them what they've been a part of many years," says Aaron Sink from AEP.
It's a piece of land they've had their eye on since 2000. A deal that once fell through, but is now a reality.
"This is the biggest step, getting the property. Then of course, the money comes next," says Mayor Charles Armstrong.
More than a million dollars they say will be funded through grants, fundraising efforts, and money from coal severance and the county's public safety levy.
"It's likely by the end of the year that we will have the funding in place to break ground for the new fire station," said Kanawha County Commissioner Dave Hardy.
Repairs are still being made to the current station to make it structurally safe until they move in to their new station.
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