The main station on Sissonville Drive near the new middle school was destroyed by an electrical fire in the early morning hours of Oct. 1, 2010. Emergency vehicles and equipment were also lost in the tragedy.
A professional as well as industrious group, firemen worked with borrowed equipment and space when necessary.
In June 2011, the firefighters' concession trailer, used to raise money for the new firehouse, was broken into. Thieves stole bun warmers, hot dog cookers, a coffee pot and other equipment. An auxiliary group headed fundraising efforts to replace stolen items.
On July 15 of this year, a utility trailer was stolen from the station's Edens Fork location. Thieves cut through a lock and took the trailer that was used to haul their utility terrain vehicle. The thief was never caught. The trailer had been purchased to replace one that was lost in the 2010 fire.
At the grand opening the community will celebrate starting over in the wake of many challenges.
Services offered by the department are numerous, from putting out fires to answering medical calls. The department has about 35 volunteer firefighters. These men and women may be found on emergency calls as well as teaching schoolchildren about fire safety.
"We cover 125 square miles and answer 550 to 600 calls a year, not including medical calls," McCutcheon said.
The old fire station site on Sissonville Drive is used to store rescue boats and equipment. Aside from the new station, fire trucks are housed at a substation near Sissonville Elementary as well as the Edens Fork location. Technically, the department is the Sissonville, Millertown, Pocatalico, and Guthrie Volunteer Fire Department.
A large turnout is expected to celebrate the completion of the new Sissonville Volunteer Fire Department and show appreciation for the volunteer firefighters who regularly risk their lives to ensure the safety of others.
The event is also a sign of the resiliency of the community.
Donations may be sent to Sissonville Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 13096, Sissonville, WV 25360.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.