They aren't always used, but you are so happy to have them when you need them.
This time of year, area fire departments are quite busy. The temperature continues to get warmer, but it is still early enough in the year that the dead winter grass has yet to gain new life.
Combine those factors with
The things these fire departments can manage -- properly equipped personnel, brush trucks, to name a few -- are made possible by the
The 1/16 cent sales tax is a vital tool for
The tax is set to expire
That portion of the sales tax is dedicated to
"I am most proud of our electorates giving us the funds and improved ability for all departments to provide a greater level of service and making county a much safer place," said
And it adds up.
Proper protective pants and coats can cost
One of the most recent purchases the
"A lot of people don't understand the cost of some items just to provide fire service," Bradley said.
In addition to capital purchases, the funding has lowered insurance costs for
In Febuary, the
"ISO conducts an independent review of fire departments and places a value on its ability to deliver fire suppression services to the community. The lower the classification ranking indicates the department's level of preparation to provide these services," according to a press release.
Since 2006, SFD had a Class 3 ranking.
"We will continue to work to maintain our upgraded rating and identify cost-effective methods to advance our rating in the next five years," Bradley said in a press release at the time. "We thank our officers and members for their dedication to training, documentation and improving delivery of fire and emergency services to our community, and to the
Bradley added last week that the 1/16 cent sales tax makes this improvement possible.
"It would be extremely more difficult," Bradley said. "A big concern would be running the risk of ruining insurance rating and the negative impact that raises insurance rates."
The 1/16 cent sales tax is especially big in the towns surrounding
"The tax has been a huge success for mutual aid partners, such as
One example is revenue from the sales tax paying for a new building for the
"All of our stuff for rural fire comes out of that sales tax," said
"That sales tax has been a Godsend for fire service in
SFD efforts in the past 10 years to get improved ISO ranking:
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