JEFFERSON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -Jefferson fire crews are looking for a new building to call home after dealing with various safety concerns in their current one.
Firefighters say the building is more than 50 years old, demanding excessive manpower and money to maintain.
They say black mold and peeling ceilings pose a health risk, along with snakes and rodents.
Chief Mark Ford says the roof leaks every time it rains, presenting a potential fire hazard inside the department near the ceiling lights.
"You can see where the water is actually coming in and dripping through the light fixtures," Ford said.
Crews also say drafty spaces cost taxpayers hundreds of dollars in extra heating bills.
"The gas bills are tremendously high to keep this area warm," medical officer Jason Wurster said.
Wurster says the building needs to stay warm in order to maintain their equipment for emergencies.
"We need to make sure our pumps don't freeze and crack," he said. "We can't pump water and put fire out with a cracked pump."
Officials say they asked FEMA for a grant to get a new building but were turned down.
Now, they're looking for help from the community they work to protect.
"The bad building is an eyesore of the community," Chief Mark Ford said. "Since the fire department is about the only thing we have in Jefferson, it should be a fantastic looking building."
Ford says the current building was donated to the department back in the 1960s and is beyond repair.
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