SELBYVILLE — A local fire department was able to build a helipad in Selbyville with the help of volunteers and a donation from the former Buckhannon Rotary Club.
All first responder departments in the county were given substantial donations on July 31, 2019 when the former Rotary Club disbanded and had to disburse funds prior to starting a new charter. Selbyville Volunteer Fire Department was one of those organizations to receive a donation to be used in any capacity for their fire house, of which they determined a large portion would be best utilized for the installation of a helipad.
Due to the pandemic, everything was done rather quickly and without recognition, until today. The pad was built in the fall of 2019 with the help of at least 12-14 members out of their more than 40 volunteer firefighters. Bent Nail Construction also donated their time and excavated the location, while Smallridge Logging donated time to help with the construction of the pathway.
“All the volunteers came out and worked really hard. A plaque was installed with volunteer names,” said Selbyville VFD Chief Clifton Shaw.
Arthur Wilson, the last founding member of the SVFD, joined in the 1970s and has remained an active member to this day. “It’s great that we can offer this now. It was used the first day it was up,” Wilson stated.
The helipad reportedly meets all federal regulations, including the green lights. It has been used multiple times since its construction. Along with the helipad and path, SVFD has many things to offer and is always ready when a call for help goes out.