Valdosta invests millions on fire safety

Valdosta Fire Dept. New Trucks

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The City of Valdosta is spending millions of tax dollars to make sure citizens stay protected.

Valdosta Firefighters are using two new 2018 ladder firetrucks to save lives.

City officials said the trucks represent a $2.5 million investment into the community.

Investing in new truck is more fiscally responsible, officials pointed out, than paying for constant maintenance on the older trucks.

Brian Boutwell, assistant fire chief, said it is important to ensure firefighters are as efficient as possible.

“You can have the best performing firefighters in the nation but if they don’t have the tools to do the job, then they are not going to be able to perform at their top level," Boutwell said.

The new trucks allow a faster set-up, which means a quicker response to fire incidents.

The trucks also assist in continuing to maintain a Class 1 ISO rating.

An ISO rating determines insurance premiums in the area.

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