The bad headlines, internal strife, auditing and criminal investigation that plagued the former Shenandoah Farms Volunteer Fire Department have faded in the year since Warren County took over its operations.
Now renamed Warren County Fire and Rescue Station 6, the company’s firefighters and EMTs have answered 380 calls so far this year.
Fire Chief Richard E. Mabie of the Warren County Fire and Rescue Services describes himself as “very pleased” by the company’s progress since the county takeover “but we still have a long way to go.”
Finding enough volunteers for the station at 6363 Howellsville Road has weighed heavily on Mabie since the court-ordered reorganization of the department. The station was staffed 24 hours a day with career firefighters from June 18 through November of 2013. As more volunteers began to fill the ranks, Mabie reduced the career staffing to the current schedule of 5 a.m. until 5 p.m. on weekdays. Volunteers are called on to fill out the remaining shifts.