On Tuesday, Congressman Alex X. Mooney visited the Moorefield Volunteer Fire Company in Hardy County. The congressman was given information about the new “jaws of life” that run on a battery pack as opposed to the older systems that utilize hydraulics. Chief Doug Mongold and Assistant Chief Rodger Brafford explained and demonstrated the use and flexibility of the equipment.
The group also presented Rep. Mooney their drone technology that is essential to searching out fire locations and locating citizens in search and rescue missions. The congressman discussed service expectations of the company’s current vehicle fleet and how his office could assist in securing grants from the federal government to assist the department.
The Moorefield Volunteer Fire Company 46 was founded on March 17, 1934 to protect the town of Moorefield, West Virginia and its surrounding area. This small department began operations with a horse drawn “hose wagon” and later a 1934 Seagrave suburbanite pumper, which the department still owns today. Company 46 runs an average of 200 calls per year. No EMS calls are ran by the department, however the fighting 46 is sometimes dispatched on various types of automatic EMS calls and others as needed.