It’s been a long time coming, but the Buffalo Creek Volunteer Fire Department has a brand-new, made-to-order fire truck.
The new vehicle was built to specifications in Michigan, sent to Pennsylvania to get some options installed, then shipped to the First Due Fire Equipment dealership at Chester, W.Va., in Hancock County. Fire Chief Ray Bryant went there to pick up the truck and bring it back to Logan County.
Bryant said they could have gotten fewer features on the new vehicle, but getting what they needed on the vehicle will improve their ability to help people and do their job better.
“Everything we got on this truck will make it safer and easier to get the job done,” said Bryant, “The terrain and alleys or streets we have here make it hard to get around or get to places. This truck has a turning radius that will allow us to take it places we couldn’t go before. It will also pump more water than the old vehicle.”
Chief Bryant says the Logan County Commission, W.Va. Senator Art Kirkendoll and W.Va. Delegates Rupert “Rupie” Phillips and Ted Tomblin helped make this purchase possible.
“We have always had the best emergency responders, fire and ambulance service in the state. We try to make sure they have the best equipment possible. The new equipment was necessary or they wouldn’t have asked for it. All of these volunteers who submit themselves to helping the community are putting their lives on the line and they need the best equipment they can possibly have. We try to take the taxpayers’ money and put it to the best use we can,” said Logan County Commission President Danny Godby.
The commission contributed $112,000 toward the purchase, which cost a total of $387,300. The fire department financed the balance of the cost for the vehicle.
The vehicle they had been using is 21 years old. It will be retained and used as a spare.
Sen. Kirkendoll offered his comments on the purchase, “We always think of economic needs, but mostly safety needs regarding our ability to fight fires for our people. Updated equipment helps our quest for safety, and also keeps homeowners insurance rates lower than other counties that don’t have access to fire and rescue the way Logan County does. Thanks to our volunteers, the Logan County Commission and our residents.”
Del. Rupie Phillips added, “I commend the Buffalo Creek Volunteer Fire Department working with everyone and the Logan County Commission to provide the community with new equipment. They do a great job working at accident scenes and fires and I commend them for all their hard work. I am looking forward to visiting the fire station and shaking hands with them for a job well done.”
Del. Ted Tomblin said he was in perfect agreement with Phillips, then added, “I am pleased we have been able to acquire new equipment to provide protection for the community. Our fire fighters in Logan County are second to none.”