Fort Oglethorpe approves new property insurance, equipment for fire department
The city of Fort Oglethorpe recently reached a new agreement regarding its property and casualty insurance, and approved the purchase of new equipment for its fire department.
On June 11, City Manager Jennifer Payne-Simpkins explained that the city’s property and casualty insurance will go up a little this coming year, but that it’s due to a newly renovated building and more assets.
“BB&T Insurance Services reached out to nine different markets on our behalf to get property and casualty insurance quotes,” PayneSimpkins said. “State National Insurance once again offered the most aggressive pricing program. This year, the premium will increase by just over $8,000 due to the addition of the gymnasium and additional police vehicles. We recommend approval of $181,063.”
The board unanimously approved the recommendation, as well as Fire Chief Bruce Ballew’s request for the purchase of additional SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus) equipment.
The equipment includes all the necessary equipment firefighters need to breathe property when battling smoke and fire.
“This will help get us to get our equipment up to date so that for future use, most of our stuff will be repairs and not purchases,” Ballew explained.
The purchase amount is $41,712.55, and that includes the backpacks, tanks, masks, regulators, etc.
Ballew said the equipment will need to be tested properly and certified by the manufacturer before it’ll be ready for use.
Fort Oglethorpe Fire Chief Bruce Ballew discusses equipment upgrades during the June 11 City Council meeting. (Catoosa News photo/Adam Cook)