SMITHERS, W.Va. -- The Smithers Volunteer Fire Department has corrected insurance problems that forced it to shut down for more than two weeks.
Training issues have to be addressed before the department is in full compliance with the state.
The department was closed on Nov. 10 after it fell behind in its insurance payments. It reopened Tuesday afternoon.
State Fire Marshal Sterling Lewis told The Register-Herald that the department is working to correct training deficiencies.
Fayette County Fire Coordinator Steve Cruikshank said the department also plans to revise its bylaws to ensure some public oversight. At least three members of its board will be citizens.