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Glasgow VFD gets land for new fire station

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A new fire station for the town of Glasgow just got closer to reality, with the donation of more than seven acres of land.

AEP officials have agreed to donate property along U.S. 60 to the Glasgow Volunteer Fire Department as the site for a new fire station. The property is located just before AEP's Kanawha River power plant.

C.W. Sigman, Kanawha County deputy emergency services director, said the site donation solves several problems the department must deal with in the existing fire station, which is located in a 40-year-old metal building.

"It's a nice piece of property," Sigman said of the new site, adding that it is a lot closer to the road than the existing station. It's also a better location all around.

"Where they are now," he said, "they're sitting in a flood plain."

Glasgow Fire Chief Marty Blankenship said the donation comes after several years of talks and negotiations for a new fire station.

He said fire officials don't yet have a timeline for opening a new fire station, but said finding the site is the first vital step in building a new facility.

"There are grants and different things out there that we're now going to be able to apply for," he said.

He said the site donation comes at a time when volunteer firefighters are having work done to correct structural problems at the existing firehouse.

"It's a 30-year guaranteed building, and it was built in 1973," Blankenship said. He said it is time to find the fire department a new home.

The deed for the property will be signed over to the volunteer fire department at a special ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday in Glasgow Town Hall.

Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.


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