Warren County last Wednesday accepted delivery of a new $391,660 fire truck.
With $62,980 work of firefighting equipment added, the total price came to $454.640. The purchase of the truck was paid through a mix of funds. A $100,000 grant covered part of the purchase price and the remaining amount will be paid through a low-interest loan, which will be repaid with SPLOST proceeds according to Warren County Commission Chairman John Graham.
“This is something that we’ve been needing to do to bring our department to better shape as far as the standards and all that are required now of firefighters. This truck is going to help us to get to those standards. We were fortunate that we were able to work with the USDA through the Community Facilities Program,” said Graham.
This is just one of three new engines the county will put in service between now and 2025, which is when new state standards will require an engine in every fire station. The six county fire stations all have trucks, but only three have trucks that qualify as pumpers, or engines, per standards.
Warren County Fire Crystal Ladousier said the new truck is a Spartan/E-One capable of carrying 1,000 gallons of water and can pump 1,500 gallons per minute. According to requirements, a Class A pumper must pump at least 1,000 gallons per minute.
“We’re actually over the current standard,” she said, adding that the truck will also have the capability to disperse foam when needed.
The new truck will be assigned to Station 2, the headquarters station on Georgia Highway 80 in Warrenton. The addition of the new apparatus will allow the department to shift several trucks around within the county. The goal is to have a pumper in each of the county’s five stations by 2025.
"If we don’t put these engines in by Jan. 1 2025 we have to shut those fire stations down that don’t have a dedication engine,” the chief explained. “Before this we only had three engines, so we had to be three more pumpers/engines. So now we’ve bought one, we’re down to two more that we are going to by so that every one of our stations will have one.”
After the new truck enters service, probably in December, a truck from headquarters will be moved to the Ricketson fire station. One from there will shift to Beall Springs and the one currently stationed at Beall Springs will move to Panhandle. Before the new truck enters service there will be ample driver training and firefighters will also learn to use the electronically controlled pump, the first of its type in service in Warren County.
Driver training plus firefighters will have to get up to speed on the electronically controlled pump, which the county has never had before. Ladousier explained the county has and ISO rating of 5, with some areas being 5X. ISO ratings range from 1 to 10 and lowering an area’s rating helps reduce insurance costs for property owners.
“This will continue to help us maintain our Class 5 ISO rating and hopefully improve that rating as we move foward with additional equipment,” said Graham. “We just thank our volunteers for all they do and all the time that they spend, because they put a lot of time in after they get off work, on the weekends, whenever, to continue to serve the citizens and stay trained to the standards we need them trained at,” added Graham.