USDA Approves Loan for Elkins Volunteer Fireman's Association

The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development program announced Thursday that it has approved a loan for the Elkins Volunteer Fireman's Association.

The community facilities loan totals $35,000.

The funds will be used to help the Elkins Fire Department construct a 40 feet by 60 feet storage facility at 18 Henry Avenue in Elkins.

Officials from the USDA said the announcement is one part of the department's efforts to strengthen the rural economy.

According to the Elkins Fire Department's website, they are a combination fire department consisting of four career personnel and up to 31 volunteer/paid-on-call members.

Elkins Fire Department Chief Tom Meader said the new building will be a welcome addition.

"We do a lot of training in this building, and we're just running out of room. The old building can only take so many walls out, and we've gone out of our limits. This is going to benefit us with our storage and stuff," Meader said.

Meader also said the department has used the USDA before to purchase a new fire truck.

The fire department serves North Central Randolph County, the city of Elkins, and its surrounding area with four engines, one tower ladder, one heavy rescue, two personnel carriers and a special response trailer.

The new storage building should be up and ready for use in September.


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