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Sissonville VFD unveils new $1.2 million fire station

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Two years after a devastating fire left nothing but ashes, the Sissonville Volunteer Fire Department finally has a new place to call home.

It's been an emotional journey for not just the volunteer firefighters but people in the community, too.

The new station cost $1.2 million to complete. It's named after retired Chief Thomas K. Johnson.

"It's a whole new beginning, whole new beginning for everybody here and everybody else that is willing to come out and enjoy the fire department," said firefighter Will Reed.

Assistant Chief Tim Lilly said one of the best parts about the new station are the toys that are housed inside.

"This is actually the bay area that has the capability of a ladder truck, the capability of six trucks."

He said the trucks are all 2011 models.

"They were custom built to our specifications," he said.

Not only did the department have to replace its trucks and vehicles, but fire gear, too.

"Long term, this facility will serve this area for many years to come," said Kanawha County Commissioner Dave Hardy

Donations both big and small came in from all across the country to help with the rebuild, including one from young Josh Shaffer, who donated his allowance to the project.

"I wanted to help," he said.

The new station is located on Call Road, within one mile of Interstate 77.