Officials release image of new fire department in Hurricane

Updated: Jun. 15, 2021 at 12:07 PM EDT
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HURRICANE, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The city of Hurricane is building a new station for the Hurricane Fire Department.

On Tuesday, they released a rendered image of what the new fire station will look like.

“It’s sort of shocking because while I was there for all those discussions,” said Hurricane Fire Chief Deron Wilkes. “To see somebody actually take those napkin drawings and turn them into something that at one point will be real brick and mortar, that we’ll see here in less than a year, just makes me really happy.”

According to Hurricane Mayor Scott Edwards, bids will be going out in the next couple of months.

Officials are hoping to break ground around September. They say they are expecting the project to be finished by next July.

Mayor Edwards says the new station will be located past the Hurricane Bridge Park. It will be on a five-acre parcel of land.

This past September, we first broke the news on the WSAZ Now Desk that there were plans to build a new fire department.

The city then acquired the property in January.

The current fire station was built nearly 50 years ago by volunteer firefighters.

“It’s served us very well, but we’ve gotten to the place now where we’ve outgrown it,” Chief Wilkes told WSAZ. “We’re 20 feet off the main road through town. That makes it very difficult to get in and out, back in the trucks, those kind of things.”

The new station is expected to provide space for the larger apparatus, an office, and training facilities.

Chief Wilkes says once they get into the new building, the old fire station on Main Street will be demolished for more parking and future development.

For our previous coverage, click here.

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