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W.Va. Volunteer Fire Dept. Closes to Fix Problems

Equipment issues came up during a state inspection; they have no time frame on when it will reopen

By Kim Rafferty, WSAZ

Firefighters run into danger when most of us run away, but on Tuesday one volunteer fire department took a time out to regroup and work to meet state standards.

This is to address equipment-related issues found during a visit and evaluation by the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office.

“I live here in Cottageville all my life and never once has it shut down,” said Cathy Hartley.

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Jackson County 911 has arranged for Ripley and Ravenswood to help cover calls.

Rebecca Hoff said it is still unnerving because Ripley is eight miles away and Ravenswood is 12 mile away.

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“You can’t change the geography they are further away this is closer my house is right there,” said Hoff.

Jackson County’s Emergency Services Director Walter Smittle said in the past few weeks Ripley and Ravenswood have actually been answering more calls in Cottageville.

Cottageville’s chief said like many volunteer fire departments his 19 members also have regular paid jobs that sometimes prevent them from being on scene.

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