Three resign from Welch Volunteer Fire Department, new chief named


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

WELCH — A new chief was appointed Friday for the Welch Volunteer Fire Department after the previous fire chief resigned.

Dennie Hale was named the new fire chief, the city of Welch announced Friday.

Mayor Harold McBride said that the former chief, Guy Wyatt, and two other members resigned Thursday. Hale was previously the fire department's chief.

"We've already appointed a new chief," McBride said. "He was chief for years and years. He left for medical reasons, but he's doing fine now and a lot of guys who were with him came back with him also so we're up and running."

McBride said the volunteer fire department is still open and operational.

"They have 12 members and this is all volunteer, so that's pretty good," he said, adding that the former chief's resignation Thursday was sudden. "We got on it first thing this morning and got everything worked out."

The Office of the State Fire Marshal has been informed about the appointment of Dennie Hale as the new chief and updated about the fire department's members, McBride said.

"All the stuff is being sent to the fire marshal right now and everything is in order," he stated.

"The City of Welch wants to assure our citizens that several members of the Welch Volunteer Fire Department are still providing service to our area and public safety will always be the first priority," the city announced on its Facebook page

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