CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Fire Marshal’s Office alleges two volunteer firefighters in Boone County broke the law. Felony criminal charges were filed Monday against Wharton-Barrett VFD officer Ira Rash and fire chief Robert Rash.

Acting state Fire Marshal Tony Carrico said Ira Rash forged training and equipment certificates and documents for himself and other firefighters and Chief Rash signed off on the paperwork. The criminal charges include forgery and conspiracy.

“No person in this office enjoys charging a firefighter with a felony,” Carrico said in a news release. “However, the law requires minimum standards to be met by fire officers and the public expects it.”

Carrico added the charges should send a message to those regulated by his office.

“All of the fire service community shares the responsibility to keep our communities safe. That begins with obtaining the required minimum training,” Carrico said.

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  • Jonus Grumby

    A slap in the face to those who take the time to study, participate in training exercises and pass the tests.

  • Woodchuck

    Only one bad apple...

    But then again look at all the rules and regulations for volunteers. I'd just be happy if someone showed up.

    The union wants all paid union firefighters.

    • wvguy38

      Don't bring up career vs volly. Can't always blame the "paid man" for those who don't want to meet national standards.

      I'm a chief of a volunteer dept in the eastern panhandle (and out of state career FF) All my officers meet and/or exceed state and national requirements for their respective offices.

  • Dumb Liberals

    Ah yes! Just love that southern WV corruption. The only way to get it out of the system is to drain the gene pool.

    • jethro

      That's not a pool. .it's an ocean