WILLIAMSON – At the last regular meeting of the Williamson City Council, Fire Chief Joey Carey discussed the upcoming annual Mingo County Fire Chief’s Association (MCFCA) Fire School.
The annual event is held at the Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College Williamson campus and provides fire training for first responders and enables firefighters to improve their skills and enhance the level of service they are able to provide.
At the meeting, Carey provided a brochure of the fire school to the council and further explained this year’s event. “This is for the annual Fire Chief’s Association Fire School that we have every year in West End. This year, we decided to move it up to April 28th, 29th, and 30th,” Carey began.
The annual school attracts fire fighters from neighboring counties, which in turn, creates revenue for the city of Williamson. “This is our 10th annual fire school that we have conducted here in Williamson. It gives all the fire departments in the local area and also we reach out and have fireman that come from Kentucky, and as far up as Milton and Barboursville. All these guys come down so there are a lot of people staying here for that weekend and a lot of business being generated,” Carey stated.
Carey also discussed changes that have been made to improve this year’s fire school and increase community involvement. “We have changed it up a bit. For Friday night, we will start at 6 p.m. at the college. We are going to have a community night to let everyone from the community come and meet their local fire department. They can see what we have, see our needs, and talk with us a little bit,” Carey said.
Right now, the MCFCA is working on obtaining sponsors for the event. “We are working now pretty hard on getting a lot of sponsorships from different places. Williamson Memorial Hospital is going to come set up a booth and do cholesterol screenings and different things. Williamson Memorial is also going to sponsor a bouncy house for kids; just different things. We are encouraging everyone to come, mingle, talk and ask questions. “
Another sponsor for the fire school is the American Red Cross. “I spoke with Justin, who is a guy that I work with the American Red Cross for the smoke detector give away. He is going to come down and provide brochures, pamphlets and things to the public,” Carey said.
More information on the annual fire school can be found by visiting https://www.facebook.com/events/172728526518873/.
Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279