CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — For more than 60 years, the Wagstaff Circle Volunteer Fire Department has served the community in northern Chesterfield. But now, the firehouse needs help from the people it protects.
“We help the community and now we’re hoping they can help us in return,” says Fire Captain Matt Glasser.
The 63-year-old fire station is showing its age. A 30-year-old pitched roof needs to be replaced, crumbling concrete must be repaired and the air conditioner just went out last week. Firefighters are relying on big box fans to keep cool.
“It makes summer days very tough to handle,” adds Captain Glasser, “You know, just due to the heat. we’re out here running calls and want to make sure we come back to a nice cool environment to cool off from that.”
Because it’s a volunteer fire company — one of only two in the county — building maintenance is Wagstaff’s responsibility.
Chesterfield Fire and EMS provides the firehouse with equipment and pays the building’s utilities, but the volunteers are in charge of upkeep.
So firefighters just created a Go Fund Me account to raise $50,000 for a multitude of projects.
They’re also hopeful contractors may be willing to donate their time or resources to make repairs.
The end goal is to ensure the firehouse remains a viable part of the community.
“Being able to leave your home when it’s storming outside or something bad is going on and come up and literally help your neighbors is something that is truly unique and I couldn’t think of anything better to do with my free time,” insists Captain Glasser.
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