GLASGOW, W.Va. -- The first step has been taken toward building a new fire station in Glasgow after American Electric Power officially donated an eight-acre parcel of land to the Glasgow Volunteer Fire Department on Monday.
The land is located off U.S. 60 and abuts the coal storage area of AEP's power plant. The utility company had not been using the land.
"Today is a day for the record book," said Glasgow VFD Chief Marty Blankenship. "We're coming out of the slums and going to a palace."
Blankenship said the department hasn't drawn up plans for the new station and doesn't yet have a timeframe for construction, but having the land secured is the first step toward that goal.
"We didn't want to put the cart before the horse," Blankenship said.
Currently, the department's station is an aging, 40-year-old building on Tompkins Avenue.
In July, the building was hit by lightning, and in the process of making repairs, the contractor performing the work found other defects in the building's structure. While the fire station isn't in danger of collapse, the defects highlighted the building's age and condition.
Blankenship said in light of those recent developments at the station, the land donation came at a good time for the department.
"It was kind of like a domino effect," he said. "Everything started to fall into place."
Blankenship said the fire department plans to fund construction of the station through fundraising efforts and grants. The department isn't in debt now, and doesn't want to go into debt because of the station construction.