Albany Fire Department Chief James Carswell gave the commission a rundown of the process that led to delivery of four new service trucks especially created for AFD by Ten-8 Fire Equipment of Forsyth and enough specially-made fire hose that is expected to significantly lower insurance rates of residences and businesses in the county that are located more than 1,000 feet from fire hydrants.
Such structures in the county have generally been assigned a 9 Insurance Services Office rating. Carswell said once ISO tests and approves AFD’s ability to deliver the hose to a fire scene in a prescribed amount of time, those rates will drop to a 2. The lower the rating, the lower insurance rates will be for property owners.
Carswell handed out information that indicates 1,077 parcels in the county range in distance from 1,000 to 5,000 feet from a hydrant and another 144 range from 5,000 to 6,000.
County Administrator Richard Crowdis did further research and discovered the fire department could purchace enough hose to extend its reach to 6,000 feet for only $30,000 more, and he suggested adding the additional cost to the SPLOST allocation. The commission approved the measure.
District 6 Commissioner Anthony Jones asked Carswell if the fire department could do anything for a number of citizens in his district who have seen insurance rates increase.
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