As first responders to fire, public safety and medical emergencies, disasters and terrorist acts, Barboursville Volunteer Fire Department protects the lives and property of the residents and visitors. The Department advances public safety through its fire prevention, investigation and education programs. The timely delivery of these services enables the Barboursville Volunteer Fire Department to make significant contributions to the safety of not only our fire district, but in the surrounding areas through mutual aid with the other fire departments in Cabell, Wayne and Lincoln Counties.
The officers of the Department consists of three (3) Chief Grade Officers-JP Hockenberry, Greg Hockenberry and Chad Ward; three (3) Captains-Andrew Frazier, Tyler Burgess and Donald (DJ) Flynn; and three (4) Lieutenants-Patrick Wagoner, Virginia (Ginny) Dowdy, Roger Meehling and Corey Kincaid. At the present time, we have 45 active members listed on our roster, and five (5) of those are Junior Firefighters. These members are under the age of 18 years old, and are in training.
The fire department houses three (3) pumpers/engines. Bubbles-E206, which was purchased in 1997; The Pirate-E205, which was purchased in 2006; The Master of Disaster (Wile E. Coyote)-E208, which was purchased in 2007; The Road Runner-Rescue 2, which was purchased in 2009 and Ladder II, which was purchased in 1982.
We also house a light rescue truck-219, which we used not only for medical/EMS assist calls, but we can also use it to respond to motor vehicle accidents as we have a set of extrication tools mounted in the back of the truck. We have a utility truck-218, which we use to tow the safety trailer, our brush fire trailer and our boat, just to name a few jobs this truck is used for.
Soon we will be taking delivery of a new ladder truck, which we will name Ladder II. The old ladder truck will be donated to WVU Fire Extension Services in Weston, WV for training purposes.
The Department responds to between 980 and 1,000 incidents per year. These consists of structure fires, both residential and commercial, fire alarms, motor vehicle accidents with and/or without injuries, brush fires and numerous medical calls just to name a few. In addition to responding to calls, our members are constantly training, both in-house and fire schools away offered throughout the State. Several of our members have also attended fire schools/training in Ashland, KY and Smithfield, VA.
Fire Prevention and education is provided to the four (4) elementary schools in our fire district, as well as a schools in neighboring areas. Each year we have approximately 250 children participating in our fire prevention details, either at their schools or at the fire department.
We also participate in Safety Days for numerous businesses in our area, such as Home Depot, The Huntington Mall, McDonald’s and K-Mart.
Each year around the first of November, the members host a Boot Drive for Christmas. The monies collected from this event is used to purchase food and gifts for some of the families in our area that my not otherwise have a Christmas. Names for the families are provided by the elementary schools. In the last three years, we have provided food and gifts for approximately 40 families.
The Barboursville Volunteer Fire Department is made up of a group of dedicated personnel that represent the diversity of the community. These persons work every day of the year to improve the quality of service provided to the community. I am proud to serve this community with the quality of persons that personally give so much back to the community.
John P. Hockenberry, JR Chief
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