NOFD: New fire hydrants could save homeowners money


North Okaloosa Fire District and Auburn Water System representatives flank a newly installed fire hydrant on the corner of Reinke Drive and Hunter Drive outside Crestview city limits. From the left are NOFD Deputy Fire Chief Danny Worrells and Fire Chief Ed Cutler, Ron Norville and Patrick Adamson of Auburn Water Systems, NOFD Commissioners Dan Bowers Jr. and Craig Shaw, and Justin Cox, of Auburn Water System.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, November 18, 2013 at 12:51 PM.

CRESTVIEW — North Okaloosa Fire District and Auburn Water System representatives want north Crestview homeowners to know that newly installed fire hydrants could lead to lower insurance premiums.

Homeowners living within 1,000 feet of the hydrants annually could save $1,200 on insurance costs, NOFD Chairman Craig Shaw said.

The NOFD annually uses $10,000 from its fiscal budget to provide five new fire hydrants.

"In our charter, it specifically says one of our responsibilities is to provide fire hydrants," Shaw said.

Auburn Water System officials work with the NOFD to find locations with high population density. The water company also provides labor for installing the hydrants.

The NOFD is providing a vital community service, Richard Laux, Auburn Water's operations manager, said.

"The more (population) grows, the more the need grows," he said.

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