Fire company responds to article

This statement has been prepared in response to the article in the Aug. 1 issue of the Spirit of Jefferson.

The Board of Directors of the Blue Ridge Mountain Volunteer Fire Company was shocked to learn of the article regarding their station that appeared in the Spirit of Jefferson. Fred Collins did not have the authority or approval of the board to make the statements he made at the meeting of the county commission.

BRMVFC has every intention of performing their fire and EMS duties, as they have been, to the best of their abilities.

We have been working diligently to get things in order and improve our standing in the community. We appreciate the support we have received and would never do anything to undermine that support.

We have at least 10 new firefighters who are going through training and will finish in the near future. They are ready to serve their community. We have members who are completing the necessary training to assist the county with swift water rescue. We have members participating in upcoming EMT classes. We are moving forward and are ready to serve.

We are in good standing with the state and county and have fulfilled all necessary requirements to perform all day-to-day operations in fire and EMS services. No homeowner needs to be concerned about their level of protection.

Regarding our legal issues, BRMVFC has delivered all documents and records to our attorney, who is working with the Jefferson County prosecutor’s office. We have settled with the insurance company, but the outcome remains with the prosecutor’s office.

We thank the community for their support and assure them we are here to serve as we have been.

Any questions regarding these matters can be directed to Earl Cogle, chief at 304-616-8557 or Sari Croson, treasurer at 304-279-8900.

Blue Ridge Mountain

Volunteer Fire Company

Harpers Ferry

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