Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Editorials

November 14, 2012

Fire protection New station a plus for Cedar Bluff

A long-planned fire station for the town of Cedar Bluff is finally a reality. It will enhance public safety in the town, and is a welcomed addition to the Tazewell County municipality.

The new fire station will cover a two-and-a-half mile area, and will assist other departments when needed, according to Cedar Bluff Fire Chief Barry Patton.

The total investment for the facility was $363,000, including the $290,000 purchase price. The property was financed with a municipal bond through BB&T Bank with a 2.93 percent interest rate and a 10-year term, according to town officials.

Besides the engine bay, the new fire station has two equipment storage areas, three restrooms, a training and meeting room that can seat 40 people, a kitchenette, a lobby and three offices. It is a state-of-the-art facility.

“It enhances the public’s safety tremendously,” Cedar Bluff Police Chief David Mills said last week. “The fire department has a two-minute response time, and its members, equipped with the jaws of life cutters, can help at crashes and aid traffic control.”

Vice Mayor Timothy Trent, also a volunteer firefighter, says the department’s members have a great range of skills. Two have more than 30 years of firefighting experience.

Another is an 11-year Navy veteran who was trained to suppress fires on submarines. And another is trained in underground mine suppression and served on a mine rescue team.

The town has been working for more than three years to develop the new fire station.

“I think it’s wonderful,” Linda Singleton, of the Cedar Bluff Business and Professional Association, said last week. “We are truly blessed to have this here. We couldn’t do it without the volunteers who supported this.”

Adequate fire protection, and a timely response from a fire department, are critical when an emergency occurs. That’s why the addition of the new fire station for Cedar Bluff is welcomed for the town and Tazewell County.

We congratulate the town, and all of those individuals, businesses and community leaders and groups, who have worked long and hard to make the new fire station a reality.

Area businesses and homeowners should benefit from the addition of this new fire station, and those experienced firefighters who are now ready to respond in the event of an emergency in the town or neighboring communities.

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