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City of Bluefield seeks County assistance to refurbish Station 3

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MERCER COUNTY (WVVA) -- Fire Station 3 on Cumberland Road has been out of service for close to 3 months. Water damage, mold, and other unsafe conditions made the station dangerous to use.

In December, the City of Bluefield launched several fundraising efforts to help refurbish the station. Now, they're asking for County assistance.

At a Mercer County Commission meeting Tuesday, Bluefield City Attorney Colin Cline noted the response time crews at Station 3 could provide thanks to its location.

Because Station 3 is dormant, the Bluefield Fire Department must respond to emergencies from its central firehouse in Downtown Bluefield.

"We asked the County Commission for help because Station 3 ends up being the first responder to the Cumberland Industrial Park on Exit 1 and the East River Mountain tunnel," Cline said. "When [firemen] are on duty, they're living at the fire station; they're working 48 hour shifts. So we need a habitable place for them to work and stay when they're on call."

Cline and county commissioners discussed the matter in an executive session Tuesday. They voted to table it for the time being, pending more information from the City of Bluefield.

WVVA will continue to monitor the situation for further developments.

Jade Burks

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