FLEMINGTON—While 2020 caused issues for some of the surrounding fire departments, the Flemington Volunteer Fire Department (FVFD) has not had as many setbacks due to them being a volunteer-based fire department. Instead, they took the year to make upgrades to their facility.
The building that houses the FVFD has had the same look for decades, but after some much-needed TLC, the facility is ready to welcome a new year.
FVFD Chief Geoff Marshall shared that it has been nearly 40 years since the building has seen any upgrades, but that all changed in a year that seemed to stop a lot of things.
According to Marshall, the outside of the department now displays new sidewalks, to better serve visitors to the building, along with a newly paved driveway.
In addition to the upgrades to the exterior of the FVFD, the inside of the department was remodeled with all new epoxy floor in the apparatus bay, a fresh coat of paint and new garage doors.
While the funding for the remodel of the outside of the building was a joint effort between the Taylor County Commission, the FVFD and the Community of Flemington, the interior work was funded by the FVFD, in spite of the lack of typical fundraising efforts by the department’s members.
Marshall revealed that the pandemic limited fire training and fundraising events for the team at Flemington Volunteer Fire Department.
“I’ve been with the department for twenty-one years, and I would have to say that the hardest hit for the FVFD during this COVID-19 pandemic would have to be the fundraising and not being able to attend annual events,” he voiced.
While updates were being made to the facility, the department continued to work to ensure the safety of the people and property of Taylor County.
Fire Chief Marshall shared that he estimated the department responded to approximately 107calls this year.
He revealed that The Flemington Assembly of God church fire was one of the biggest incidents that the FVFD responded to this year saying, “The fire was a larger structure fire, and we spent about seven to eight hours putting it out.”
Often times, the department was toned out to render mutual aid the Grafton Fire Department, who battled numerous structure fires throughout the year.
“Considering Taylor County has had an abnormal fire season, FVFD was more than glad to assist,” he expressed. “Even though FVFD is a volunteer-based department, we are always there when called out to help the residents of Taylor County.”
FVFD, comprised of approximately 14 volunteers, serves the area with their two engines, one tanker, one brush, and one utility vehicle. Chief Marshall shared the biggest goal for the department in the upcoming year is to survive COVID-19 and get back to normal with their fundraising efforts within the community.
Chief Marshall also commended the Flemington Area Emergency Squad stating that they provided excellent service this year, along with Taylor County Emergency Squad.
“I am very thankful to have been and continue to be a part of the FVFD for so many years,” Marshall commented. “I am so appreciative of how all of our communities have worked together to get the job done. I would like to thank all surrounding fire departments in and out of the county for their hard work, as well as the county’s law enforcement, the State Fire Marshals Office and all of our EMS workers.”