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Dougherty County leaders approve new firefighting equipment

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Some of the reflective hose (left) the Albany Fire Department will begin using Some of the reflective hose (left) the Albany Fire Department will begin using
Chairman Jeff Sinyard, Dougherty County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard, Dougherty County Commission
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Dougherty County leaders say a new fire protection plan in unincorporated parts of the county will save residents thousands of dollars. 

Commissioners approved more than $650,000 in SPLOST money during Monday's commission meeting for new firefighting equipment. They said four new trucks and 24,000 feet of reflective hose for the Albany Fire Department will help firefighters access more water during fires. 

The fire chief said the plan will improve insurance ratings and save homeowners money.  

"Giving better services, protecting homeowners...protecting the safety of everyone in that home, at the same time decreasing that ISO rating to a lower number, which is obviously gonna mean more dollars in that family's pocket," said Jeff Sinyard, Dougherty County Chair. 

The fire chief said some owners could save $1,000 a year on homeowner's insurance. Commissioners said extra money in homeowners' pockets could stimulate the local economy, and said reduced rates could attract more business to the county.

The department will begin training on the new equipment after it's built in about 8 months.  

 

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