Fire dept. remains closed due to funding cuts, inability to pay bills
The W. Va dept. did not pay insurance so trucks cannot leave the station to respond to calls
By Brooks Jarosz and Jennifer Rizzi
SMITHERS, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A volunteer fire department in Fayette County is not responding to emergency calls because it's behind on the bills, and now the Kanawha County Commission has pulled all mutual aid funding.
The Smithers Volunteer Fire Department is shut down indefinitely until the department gets on better financial footing.
Smithers Mayor Thomas Skaggs tells WSAZ.com firefighters didn't pay insurance, so the trucks can not leave the station. Firefighters refused to answer questions or comment on the situation. A reporter with WSAZ.com was ignored and then asked to leave.