LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ)-- Training has taken on a whole new meaning for the Buffalo Creek Volunteer Fire Department in Logan County because now more than ever - they're training for keeps.
“It's a problem really everybody is facing,” said Assistant Chief Christopher Neace referring to the understaffing of his department.
At Sunday's regularly scheduled meeting, he and others fired off about the issue and how it could be hurting neighbors.
“It may mean longer response times because say for instance someone is not available to run the call, then the next neighboring department might have to run the call,” Neace said.
Adding fuel to the fire is the closure of Route 10. According to Neace, the closure has caused four times the amount of traffic in their area, which means more accidents they have to respond to.
The department is down 15 volunteers, though Sunday two new volunteers showed up.
In order to be considered, a candidate must be able to pass a drug test and have no felonies.
Neace said volunteers do not have to fight fires, and can help with administrative tasks.
He said volunteers typically work for the fire department 10 hours a week, but said he’d happily accept any time a potential volunteer can offer.