Greenbrier County Emergency Services leases building from airport

LEWISBURG, WV (WOAY) – Greenbrier County Commissioners have signed a lease with the County Airport Authority for a structure on airport property.

The Office of Emergency Services will move into the building at the Greenbrier Valley Airport and split the space with Greenbrier’s mobile command center.

“Where the process is now is becoming a formal agreement or signing a lease where we will actually occupy the space there,” said Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Mike Honaker. “For some time, we’ve had basically a handshake with the Greenbrier Valley Airport to use the building for storage.”

The building has previously been used to store various supplies and materials. The Office of Emergency Services will look to maintain that purpose going forward.

“What we wanted to do was ensure that in the near future, we keep that building for the purposes of storing that equipment,” Honaker said. “(We’re also focused on) having space for our communications technician to conduct radio installations and communications work on all of the first responder vehicles in the county.”

The size of the building was another motivator for the Office of Emergency Services to lock it down.

“There’s just not a lot of buildings in Greenbrier County that are large enough to store the mobile command,” Honaker said. “That is the backup 911 center. It’s seen throughout the southern part of West Virginia because it’s used so much.”

The agreement between the airport and the Office of Emergency Services is for a temporary period of time.