Fort Oglethorpe ap­proves new prop­erty in­sur­ance, equip­ment for fire depart­ment

The Catoosa County News - - COMMENTARY - By Adam Cook

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)

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