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Vidalia Orders New Fire Truck
Wednesday, 20 August 2014

August 20--  The City of Vidalia is buying a new aerial ladder fire truck.

ImageAt a called meeting Tuesday, the city council reviewed bids and agreed to spend $692,000 with Emergency One Incorporated of Ocala, Florida.  Delivery is expected in early September.

The purchase is being paid for by sales taxes collected by the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

Meanwhile, the Vidalia Fire Department will undergo a fire protection review next week by the Insurance Services Office (ISO)..  

Vidalia currently has an ISO rating of five and Fire Chief Brian Sikes hopes it will get even better.

"If we stay at five that would be good, it we go to four, that would be great," he says.

Lower ISO ratings result in lower fire insurance rates for propety owners and Chief Sikes says it's a thorough review by an independent ISO inspector.

"It's making sure we have the right equipment for our trucks, more training hours and things we do in the community like marking fire hydrants.  It's all based on a points system and you get particular points for things you have and do, like we've been doing a community survey for the past few months and we thank the business community for being cooperative with us.

"I believe we're completely ready.  We've put a lot of work into it and I think it's going to pay off," he said.

The chief also says the new fire truck is something the department needed and should also help improve the fire rating.  More important, he noted, is that the ladder will enable firemen to reach the top of a three story building.

"The thing is, you hope you never need it, but you have it if you ever need it," he said.





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