The committee selected Federal Signal to install the new sirens because the company sold the county the old emergency sirens, Zuspan said. The new and old sirens will be placed on the same network, he said.
"It only makes sense to use that vendor," he said.
Federal Signal works with only two companies in the state, Communications Services Inc. and Electronic Communications, said David Erwin, county Emergency Operations Center coordinator.
Zuspan's main concern was getting the sirens installed before the grant's deadline of May 31. Zuspan added that although the fire department is under investigation, none of its members has been convicted of a crime.
"You're innocent until proven guilty," he said.
Carper agreed, saying no indictments have been handed down.
"They haven't been found guilty of any tax crimes or anything," he said.
Carper would have rather seen Electronic Communications used exclusively, but he said that wasn't the commission's decision to make.
"But I certainly wouldn't have turned my back on getting essential emergency equipment for the county," he said.
VFD officials did not return calls seeking comment.
Hardy has contacted the committee and expressed his concerns, but because the project is nearly complete, he doesn't think much can be done.
"I don't like it," he said.
Carper said the sirens are sorely needed. He said he's happy to see the work nearly done.
The new sirens will also be able to play prerecorded messages letting people know what type of emergency is taking place. They will be tested on the fourth Wednesday of every month.
They also are being tested as they are installed.
One of the sirens was recently installed near the courthouse at the corner of Goshorn Street and Kanawha Boulevard.