The Talcott Volunteer Fire Department sits proudly with its engines in line. It was in June of 2016 when the department was closed by state officials who cited lack of crew members and equipment testing.
As the community had to rely on other departments as far away as Alderson to respond to calls, Chief Bill Costomiris and board members were forced to build from the ground up to get recertified. Costomiris said that was a feat never reached in the Mountain State.
"I am proud to say that this is the only fire department in the history of the state of West Virginia that actually grew out of an old department that was shut down," Costomoris said. "We built a new department out of the same facility using some of the same equipment... it's never been done before."