With new equipment and training, Almarante Fire District gains new insurance rating

Almarante Fire District

Almarante Fire District Chief Charles Carroll, kneeling, poses with the department’s volunteer firefighters, wearing their newly acquired gear, on Saturday during the department’s open house.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, July 28, 2014 at 07:45 PM.

LAUREL HILL — Almarante Fire District Deputy Fire Chief Ryan Jaycocks says his new turnout gear is a much  needed upgrade.

“It’s great to have it,” he said. “Getting those new boots (on), they feel like tennis shoes.”

>>See www.crestviewbulletin.com/photos for more images from the Almarante Fire District’s open house>>

He and many of the department's 14 volunteer firefighters wore the new personal protective equipment — purchased with FEMA aid — during an open house on Saturday. 

With the acquired equipment and volunteer training, the department has received a new Insurance Services Office, ISO rating of 5/5X on a scale of 1 to 10.

“That’s a really great score for us to get; we worked hard for it,” Jaycocks said.

The goal of Saturday’s open house was to show residents that the department can handle any type of emergency.

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