WILLIAMSON – At a regular meeting of the Williamson City Council, Williamson Fire Chief Joey Carey approached the council to discuss recent awards received by the fire department, to request approval to begin a Junior Fire Fighter Program and to discuss the success of new uniforms and gear for fire fighters.
Carey approached the council stating, “Recently we were inspected by the State Fire Commission. I received the response from their inspection a few days ago. We went through a lengthy inspection. This is the letter I received that states, ‘Dear Chief Carey, this letter is to confirm to you and your department that after meeting on April 8 2016, the West Virginia State Fire Commission voted to re certify the Williamson Fire Department… “
While reading the letter, Carey passed around plaques to the council. “The plaques that I passed around to you guys… We have a certificate of excellence from the State Fire Department for having a perfect evaluation.”
“We try every day to work to make that happen. I am really proud of it and I am proud of my guys. I am thankful that they recognize us that way at the state,” Carey continued.
Carey also discussed starting a Junior Firefighter Program in the area. “This is something that I have been wanting for a long time. I grew up as a fire chief’s son and grew up in the fire department and learned a lot of things growing up in a fire department. You can learn a lot and become a really good young man hanging around a fireman…I really do think that we need and deserve a Junior Fire Fighter Program.
The discussion continued with Carey highlighting the benefit of the mentorship that the Junior Firefighter Program would bring to young people in the area.
Carey also explained that starting this program would not increase the cities liability insurance. “We found out from Mr. Poole who is our insurance carrier that our insurance would not raise at all.”
During council discussion, it was determined that a group of ten would be permitted to be on the Junior Firefighter Program. Following the discussion, the council unanimously voted to approve the Junior Firefighter Program.
The last issue Carey discussed was FDA compliant fire fighter gear. “I made it a point that I wanted to do everything I could to buy the best that was out there for my guys and do everything that I could to protect them and also provide a level of comfort because we are short on manpower and they have to do double the work. Recently I acquired six new sets of fire fighter gear. I have applied for a grant through Homeland Security Emergency Management Office to replace all of my gear…”
The next meeting of the Williamson City Council will be Thursday April 28 at City Hall.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)