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  • Investigation of W.Va. Chief Concludes; No Action

    Posted: July 29th, 2011

    WEIRTON, W.Va. -- Weirton city officials have released a statement saying disciplinary action will not be taken against the city's fire chief. City officials met behind closed doors with Chief David Lashhorn for several hours on Thursday. After the meeting, city officials released a statement that said their investigation revealed that the chief had not threatened the safety of city firefighters.

  • W.Va. Fire Crews Get OK to Break Into Houses

    Posted: July 28th, 2011

    HARPER’S FERRY, W.VA. – First responders in West Virginia answering 911 calls may now go into a residence to investigate without fear of being sued, thanks to a law signed Wednesday by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.Tears flowed from the family of Jaclyn Alden, 29, of California, who died in her home because the door was locked, and crews couldn’t get in, according to The Herald-Mail.

  • W. Va. Fire Chief Under Fire for Alleged Threats

    Posted: July 20th, 2011

    WEIRTON, W.Va. -- Weirton firefighters are asking the city to suspend, and ultimately fire, their chief because of alleged threats of murder-suicide. The firefighters union issued a vote of zero confidence and have filed court documents to get a copy of an audio tape that their attorney says proves those threats. The attorney for the union, Teresa Toriseva, said this is an issue of firefighters' and public safety. Toriseva said the firefighters...

  • Lack of Members Forces W. Va. Dept. Closure

    Posted: July 1st, 2011

    MARSHALL COUNTY, W.Va. -- A local fire department has closed as of Thursday morning. The Fish Creek Volunteer Fire Department in Marshall County cited "lack of membership" and the "added burden of the requirements for local volunteer fire departments set forth by the State Fire Commission" as reasons for the closure in a news release.

  • Burned West Virginia Firefighter Recovering

    Posted: June 22nd, 2011

    A Shepherdstown firefighter is recovering after sustaining burns after he fell through the floor of a burning trailer on Monday, according to WHAG-TV.Firefighter Daryn Dymond was making sure no one was inside the trailer when the incident occurred. A Mayday call was made and his comrades sprung into action and quickly removed him from the fire.Dymond suffered second-degree burns, mostly to his left leg, and was transported to Winchester Medical Center where officials said he is in good spirits.

  • W. Va. Department Folds; County Plans New One

    Posted: June 17th, 2011

    MARSHALL COUNTY, W.Va. -- After a Marshall County volunteer fire department was ordered to cease operations, county officials are looking into the possibility of reestablishing another volunteer department for the area. The West Virginia State Fire Marshal shut down the Big Wheeling Creek Volunteer Fire Department for lack of worker's compensation insurance on Monday. The fire commission sent out a letter to notify Chief Richard Runkle that his "organization is no longer authorized to...

  • W.Va. Crews Get Creative During Water Crisis

    Posted: June 16th, 2011

    WEIRTON, W.Va. -- Weirton firefighters had to get creative while battling a house fire Tuesday during a citywide water conservation order. It happened at the intersection of School Street and Cross Street. Tanker trucks from outside the city limit brought water to the scene so as not to further deplete the city's water reserves, still low after a massive break occurred Friday night.

  • Residency Change Debated for Wis. Firefighters

    Posted: March 10th, 2011

    MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee aldermen are criticizing a Senate bill that would change residency requirements for the city's police officers and firefighters. "This is a raid on the best incomes in the city of Milwaukee," Milwaukee Alderman Terry Witkowski said. A group of Milwaukee aldermen respond to a Republican Senate bill that would end Milwaukee's requirement that police officers and firefighters live in the city.

  • Massive Fire Destroys West Virginia Building

    Posted: February 23rd, 2011

    WHEELING, W.Va. -- A massive fire early Tuesday caused part of a building to collapse, destroying two Wheeling business and apartments. The blaze broke out at the Incline Bar & Grill on S. Frazier Avenue around 5 a.m. Crews at the scene said the building also housed a catering business and had apartments on the top level.

  • W.Va. Department Ordered to Stop Responding

    Posted: February 16th, 2011

    -- A Marshall County volunteer fire department has been ordered to cease and desist any and all emergency, mutual aid or service calls due to failure to provide worker's compensation for its members. The Big Wheeling Creek Volunteer Fire Department has been taken out of service until further notice by the West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office, according to a news release from Marshall County Emergency Management.