Helen City (GA) Considers Fire Apparatus Purchase

The Helen City Commission agreed to explore purchasing a second fire truck for the city.

Helen Fire Chief Lee Poteat told the commission the city maintained a 4/9 split, with all residences and businesses within five miles of the fire station and within 1,000 feet of a fire hydrant receiving a rating of 4.

A couple of issues were raised, however, in the Public Protection Classification Summary Report prepared by Insurance Services Office Inc. of Marlton (NJ) in January.

One factor that affected the city’s ISO rating was a divergence of -10.36. Divergence is defined as the difference between the water department/distribution and the capabilities of the fire department.

Poteat said the department has a required fire flow of 3,500 gallons per minute, which is available only through automatic aid agreements, but said he would like for the city to be less dependent on outside help initially.

Currently, the department doesn’t receive full credit for its ladder truck because it is counted for water flow.

“Their recommendation is that we have two more trucks,” Poteat said. “One is an engine. The other is a service truck or possibly a heavy rescue truck.”

Poteat said the city has about 3.5 years until its next ISO evaluation.

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