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McCall Fire Department receives hydrant donation

Last week, a new fire hydrant was installed in the McCall Community. “The new hydrant will help the residents and businesses in that area,” said Commissioner Scottie Stewart. Influential in the installation McCall Fire Department Fire Chief Charles Jackson was very thankful for the contribution.
“We approached Commissioner Stewart about helping our community out because he is our commissioner, and he agreed to do that. So he put in a request to spend his discretionary funds to help the people that he represents,” explained Jackson.
The new fire hydrant is located on the corner of Jernigan Rd. and Hwy. 31.
Replacing a 30-year-old hydrant, the upgrade will help protect the residents and businesses within the area.
“McCall Community Fire Department and Water system are being reevaluated by the insurance services office. We are inspected every 5 years. During our preparation for our inspection, we approached the McCall Water system about upgrading the fire hydrant at 35 Jernigan Road, which is a fire hydrant that covers not only the firecracker business there, but 6 other commercial locations there within 1,000 feet of it. The water system had agreed to upgrade the hydrant that had been there for the last 30 years to a newer and more efficient fire hydrant,” shared Jackson.
Everything was made official last Tues. night during the monthly business meeting. “He presented the check to us. We are proud of the fact he did it,” said Jackson.
All in all, Jackson is hopeful for the outcome and many benefits for the residents. Jackson said, “Through the placement of that hydrant that was testing yesterday, I have just sent the report in to the insurance services office. We hope it will help us lower the insurance rating to save our residents money. Whether it saves the residents money on insurance rates, it will better prepare us and enable us to protect them in fire losses.”