Warren County lauded for work with fire company

Daily Staff Report

Warren County recently received a national award for helping a fire-and-rescue company to build a new home years ago.

The National Association of Counties gave Warren County its 2014 Achievement Award in Community and Economic Development for its work with the North Warren Volunteer Fire Company to construct a new station.

The county chartered the fire company in August 1997 to provide response to residents and industry in the Cedarville and Rockland area. But the company operated in a temporary station that provided less than ideal conditions for personnel, according to information from County Administrator Douglas Stanley. The station hampered the company’s ability to provide efficient and reliable service.

County leaders and representatives from the area industries proposed a funding formula to share the cost of the project. The North Warren Volunteer Fire Company Title Holding Company formed in 2002. The group raised more than $1 million for the project over the course of 11 years. The goal: pay off the initial project loan and transfer the station to the county so that staff members could maintain the facility and continue to collect funds for future improvements.

Parties met the goals March 30, 2013 when the county took over the station and dissolved the title holding company.

County officials have said they hope the project could serve as a model for other jurisdictions and shows what can be accomplished through some non-conventional collaborations.

Board of Supervisors Chairman Daniel J. Murray Jr. thanked DuPont for contributing the site for the station and the other businesses that contributed to the project. Stanley lauded the efforts by former Supervisors Glenn White and Brett Hayes, Fire and Rescue Services Department Chief Richard Mabie, former fire company President Mike South, Dave Johnson, Ron Weckanman and others for their work on the project.