JONESVILLE — Yadkin County Fire Marshal Ricky Leonard gave a presentation at the Jonesville town meeting on Monday evening in praise of the Arlington Fire Department. The volunteer fire department which serves the town of Jonesville and surrounding community recently received a lower ISO rating.
A lower ISO rating for a fire department means that homeowners can save money on their homeowner’s insurance rates.
“It is an honor and a privilege to tell you all about this great accomplishment,” said Leonard.
He explained that Chief Kevin Macemore and his department have been working since 2012 to be able to achieve this goal.
New equipment, including a new fire truck and ladder truck, and a second fire station are a few of the things the fire department needed in order to qualify for a better rating.
Leonard spoke about the dedication, determination, teamwork and generosity of members of the department who worked towards this goal.
Members of the Arlington Fire Department also have put in thousands of training hours in order to qualify for the lower ISO rating. All while working toward its goal with additional training, the department was still operating on its regular calls as well. In 2017, the department responded to 859 calls. As of Aug. 31 of this year, the department already has responded to 601 calls.
Leonard concluded by saying that altruism, putting others’ needs ahead of one’s own, is what lead the members of the Arlington Volunteer Fire Department to work so hard these last few years to be able to lower their ISO rating and provide better service to the community.
“There’s a parable in the Bible about going the extra mile, I believe if that was written today it’d be written about a volunteer fire department,” Leonard said, to much applause from those in attendance at the meeting.
Macemore asked the Arlington Fire Department board members and firefighters to introduce themselves as well and he spoke of their dedication to the department.
Mayor Gene Pardue thanked the firefighters and fire department board following the presentation.
“We take for granted a lot of things,” he said. “But we really appreciate what you do.”
The new rating will go into effect on Nov. 1. Some insurance carriers will automatically note the lower rating and offer clients a discounted rate, while others may require the homeowner to contact the company in order to process their premium at the lower rate.
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