OMAR, W.Va. — While most Logan Countians were enjoying a weekend with their families, members of some local fire departments were busy at fire school receiving mandated training to help them save lives and property.
“Weekend one of the Sissonville Fire and Rescue School is over…” noted Main Island Creek Volunteer Fire Department Chief Steven M. Stone. “Logan County was very well represented with 15 members from Main Island Creek VFD as well as folks from Henlawson VFD, Logan No. 2, Verdunville, Main Harts Creek VFD, and Buffalo Creek VFD.”
Throughout the year training is made available for firefighters across the state. This often entails that firefighters travel — sometimes great distances — to get the training they need. When the training is closer to home it makes it easier on members of the different departments that provide service and protection locally.
The Sissonville school is the largest emergency services school in West Virginia and possible East of the Mississippi, Stone pointed out.
“Regional fire schools are a great way for volunteers to receive the training that protects our communities,” Stone said. “The Island Creek Crew is training in Fire Fighter 2, Fire Officer 1 and 2, Rural Water Movement, Volunteer Fire Dept Mgt, Traffic Incident Management, National Incident Management Systems, CPR Instructor, and Fire Instructor 1 and 2. Collectively the Island Creek Crew will receive 544 hours of training over two weekends.”
Stone said he was proud of the local firefighters for a great job.
“Thank you to all of the Main Island Creek VFD folks and others who have given up their weekend and will give up next weekend to complete fire service training at the 10th Annual Sissonville Fire and Rescue School,” he added. “You guys train hard and provide superior service to our communities. Stay safe and carry on.”
J.D. Charles is a freelance writer and a former reporter for The Logan Banner.