CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Glasgow Volunteer Fire Department is preparing to accept a donated parcel of land on which a new fire station can be built in the future.
County and fire department officials announced Thursday that the deed to the property, currently owned by American Electric Power, will be signed over during a ceremony on Monday at Glasgow's town hall.
I'm pleased to announce after many years of hard work everything has been finalized for property to be donated to the Glasgow Volunteer Fire Department of a future site of a new station," Glasgow Fire Chief Marty Blankenship said in an email circulated to media. "This is a major milestone for our department."
The land is located off U.S. 60, and is currently not being used by AEP, which currently operates a coal-fired power plant in Glasgow. The plant is scheduled to go offline in 2015.
"The fire station they're sitting in now is about 40 years old," said Kanawha County Deputy Emergency Manager C.W. Sigman.
Sigman said work is being performed on the building to keep it together, but a new building would be better.
The fire department doesn't have plans to build a new fire station right away, but the donation of the land ensures the department has a space to build in the future. Sigman said Blankenship had been working on this deal for some time.
"It's just an opportunity," Sigman said.
In addition, Glasgow's current fire station is at a low spot in town that could be prone to damage by a major flood. Both Kellys Creek and the Kanawha River are close to the building, located on Tompkins Avenue.
"They're at a low spot in town," Sigman said. "They need to be up higher."
The deed signing will occur at 10 a.m. Monday in the council chambers at the Glasgow Town Hall.
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