A lack of funding for volunteer fire departments continues to burden those organizations in Monongalia County, so on Wednesday night, the Volunteer Fire Companies' Association held a meeting to discuss its future efforts to obtain those funds.
The association has asked county commission to accept an ordinance, it said, would help the 12 VFDs in the county pay their expenses and properly serve their respective communities. Each department would receive $80,000.
The proposal is based off a 38-cent per $1,000 increase, which the organization said, is not much for taxpayers.
"Number one, I know that people do not even have a clue as to everything the Volunteer Fire Departments do. A lot of people think, 'Oh, the fire department, they fight fires.' But those are few and far between, thank God, whether you have a heart attack, or you're in a car wreck, fire departments are first responders," said Bob Brookover, president of the Monongalia County Volunteer Fire Companies' Association.
The commission has passed the proposal to Prosecuting Attorney Marcia Ashdown and is waiting to hear back.