Fire Service Board

The board of directors for Berkeley County Fire Service Board Inc., consists of three (3) fire service personnel, selected from one of the five fire districts; three (3) citizens from different magisterial districts and one (1) member of the Berkeley County Commission. Each citizen or fire service representative is appointed by the Berkeley County Commission for a three-year term, not to exceed two terms. Additionally, all Board appointees are sworn in by the Berkeley County Clerk or his/her designee.

Board Members:

Hunter Wilson - Chair (Citizen)
Adam Mauck - Vice-Chair (Fire Service)
Mary Dulyea - (Citizen) 
Jason Rose - (Citizen)

Phillip Barrow(Fire Service)
William Sions(Fire Service)
Eddie Gochenour - (County Commission Representative)

The Board of Directors for Berkeley County Fire Service Board Inc. meets monthly on the second Thursday at 6:30 PM to conduct regular business. These Meetings are held in the County Commission Chambers on the Second Floor of the County Administration Building at 400 West Stephen Street in Martinsburg.

Fire Service Board By-Laws

Fire Fees:

Fire Fee Ordinance (Amended May 2015)

Current Fire Fees for Berkeley County residences and non-residential buildings are applied on a graduated scale based upon the square footage of each habitable structure in Berkeley County.

                                  Square Feet of StructureYearly Fee Amount
0 - 1,600 sq. ft.$35.00
1,601 - 3,000 sq. ft.$50.00
3,001 plus$65.00

For Residential Buildings, the fire service fee shall be due and payable on or before September 30 each year. If the year's fire service fee is not paid on or before September 30, the amount due increases by 50% of the original billed amount. If the year's fire service fee is still unpaid at as of December 31, the amount due increases by 100% of the original billed amount on January 1.

                            Square Feet of StructureYearly Fee Amount
0 - 2,500 sq. ft.$95.00
2,501 - 7,500 sq. ft.$195.00
7,501 - 20,000 sq. ft.$500.00
20,001 - 35,000 sq. ft.$975.00
35,001 - 50,000 sq. ft.$1,250.00
50,001 - 75,000 sq. ft.$1,500.00
75,001 - 100,000 sq. ft.$2,200.00
100,001 plus$2,200.00 base amount plus $0.003 per sq. ft. exceeding 100,000 sq. ft.

For Non-Residential Buildings, the fire service fee may be satisfied in two equal installments. The first installment shall be due and payable, on or before, September 30 each year and the second installment shall be due and payable, on or before, April 30 each year. Annual fire service fees not paid in full on, or before, April 30 of each year are subject to contractual interest at the rate of 10%, which will accrue from May 1 of that year until the date payment is made.

Supported Volunteer Fire & Rescue Departments

 The Berkeley County Fire Service Board provides financial support for volunteer fire stations and substations in Berkeley County, West Virginia. These stations are managed and operated by the five (5) Volunteer Fire & Rescue Companies in Berkeley County.

Company NameCompany #Stations
South Berkeley VFD20Main Station 20 & Sub Station 29
Hedgesville VFD30Main Station 30 & Sub Station 70
Bedington VFD40Main Station 40 & Sub Station 49
Back Creek Valley VFD50Main Station 50
Baker Heights VFD60Main Station 60 & Sub Station 69

These stations are dispersed throughout Berkeley County so that vital pieces of emergency equipment are ready for service when an emergency arises. The Volunteer Fire and Rescue Companies respond to fires, vehicle accidents, industrial and commercial accidents, special rescues, emergency medical service calls, and provide other vital services to the community and citizens of Berkeley County too numerous to list.

West Virginia Forest Fire Laws

Fire Laws

  It is your responsibility to actively tend to any controlled outside burning. You are to never leave these fires unattended. Remember, if you initiate a controlled outside burning, you may be responsible for any damages or services rendered by the fire service in the event the controlled burn gets "out of control."

Before burning, please call the Berkeley County Department of Emergency Communications 
Central Dispatch non-emergency line at (304) 263-1330.

  1. Fire Service Board

    Physical Address
    400 W. Stephen St.
    Suite 101
    Martinsburg, WV 25401

    Mailing Address
    Berkeley County Fire Service Board, Inc.
    400 W. Stephen St. Ste 101
    Martinsburg, WV 25401

    Office Hours: 
    Monday through Friday
    8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  2. Donna Cross

    Administrative Director

  3. Belinda Burriss

    Administrative Assistant