UPDATE: The West Virginia State Fire Marshals Office released the following information:
The Northfork Volunteer Fire Department voluntarily shut down on Thursday, March 1, citing several deficiencies concerning defective and out-of-date equipment as well as a lack of fire personnel. These deficiencies were identified by the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office after an investigation prompted by a complaint to the agency. Residents of the Northfork community will be covered temporarily by the Keystone, Anawalt, Bramwell, Matoaka and Kimball volunteer fire departments. Fire service to the community will not be interrupted. The Northfork VFD will remain closed while it undergoes a restructuring and the cited deficiencies are corrected. Completing both steps would allow it to resume operations. The VFD is responsible to correct these deficiencies to comply with W.Va. Code § 29-3-9(i) and W.Va. Code of State Rules Title 87, Series 6 and series 8.
NORTHFORK (WOAY) – The Northfork Volunteer Fire Department In McDowell County is closed until further notice.
WOAY first learned about the closure on Thursday, March 1, 2018 from a viewer.
WOAY reached out to McDowell County Dispatch and they confirmed that the fire department was forced to shut down due to non-compliance.
WOAY reached out to the Northfork Volunteer Fire Department and one person working confirmed it was shut down. We were told we would need to talk to the Chief. A message was left but so far we have not heard back from the Chief.
Stay with WOAY-TV for updates on this developing story.