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St. Albans Fire Department Mission Statement

The St. Albans Fire Department will be equipped, trained and dedicated to responding to emergencies within the City of St. Albans.  It is our goal to preserve life and protect property to the best of our ability.

The St. Albans Fire Department has a 100 year old history of serving the City of St. Albans community.  Beginning in 1906 with the St. Albans Salvage Corps and there efforts to preserve property which later became the St. Albans Fire Company 1.  Staffed by all volunteers efforts shifted to not only preserving property but life safety.  In the early 1950ís the department initiated the shift to full-time staff in efforts to improve the quality of service.  Currently the fire department has 22 full-time and 11 part-time firefighters and maintains an ISO Class 3 protection rating.  The fire department responds to all types of emergencies including EMS, Auto Accidents, Water Rescue, Trench and High Angle Rescue, and Haz-Mat.  The department has 12 firefighters who participate with the WV Regional Response Team to WMD events.  The firefighters provide fire prevention education and safety to over 2000 children annually.  The department visits all businesses annually to insure that the buildings within town are safe and to build relationships with business owners and managers.  Unlike the days of the past the firefighters are highly trained to handle all types of emergencies and are always willing and capable to assist the citizens of this great city.  Many times annually I receive letters from citizens commenting on the professionalism and the genuine compassion the firefighters have for the citizens they serve.

     The fire department has two stations; one located at Walnut Street (Highlawn Station), and the main Station on 6th Ave, (Central Station).  St. Albans is approximately 6.8 sq miles with a population of 11,248 (2000 Census).  Annually the department responds to approximately 1,700 emergencies.  The department operates with an annual budget of approximately $1.5 million.

The fire department welcomes all citizens to stop by either station and meet the firefighters and receive a tour of the stations.