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Firehouse Friday: Cairo

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Welcome friends to this months edition of fire house Friday. This month we're at the Cairo VFD in Ritchie County. Let's find out a little more about the department right now.

"I started as a junior fireman; I lived across the street from the fire house and I always wanted to be involved in it. I started when I was just a junior and been here ever since."

Fast forward about forty years, and that Junior firefighter is now chief Darell Rowley, of the Cairo VFD.  Being chief for two years has it's ups and downs, but he wouldn't have it any other way. 

Rowley explained, "They need the help you know; there's times when you want to walk away from it but then you see you just cant do it because the lack of help and you have to have an interest in it too."

Of all the calls they respond to, auto accidents are at the top of the list.

"Accidents that's the most frequent a lot of accidents; structure fires we've been pretty blessed we don't have a very few of them. And we get a lot of mutual aid out there from Ellenboro Fire Department and that's a good thing because all of the local departments we have a good camaraderie we all get along well and mutual aid and helps out a lot," said Rowley

Assistant chief Ralph Layfield has been there since the early days of the department.  He says responding to calls today is a lot easy compared to back then...

Layfield said, "You know they built their first fire truck these guys got together and the built the first fire truck and I used to tell people it would run 35 MPH down a hill if they kept their foot off the break but right now we have the best equipment we've ever had."