Chief Max Wood began by outlining the services offered to city residents, which for now only includes fire suppression to the City of Gray and the rest of Jones County’s District 7. A total of 4,900 people live in the district.
The city fire department made a total of 135 runs in 2013 but are already at 146 for 2014. The city has a fire ISO rating of 5, which affects homeowner’s insurance rates.
Since 2011, the city fire department has increased from 17 members to 30. There are two fire safety educators where there was none before, and fire instructors are up to three from one.
All of those factors can improve the city’s ISO rating.
Currently, the city and county fire departments operate on a verbal agreement for assisting each other in responding to calls.
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