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Highlandville Fire Boasts New Equipment

hf-2Time efficient, frugal and life-saving — those are a few of the reasons why Highlandville Rural Volunteer Fire Department recently updated its breathing apparatus and purchased a new brush truck. Both are developments Deputy Chief Adam Gilbert said were overdue and will benefit the department exponentially.

Drager packs

The department formerly used Scott packs since its inception 20 years ago, Gilbert said. The cylinders were at the end of life, and Stephens said the department debated refurbishing the old packs or purchasing new ones.

Purchasing new cylinders costs $15,000-$20,000, Chief Kevin Stephens said. The department would have to replace another set in two years and another in four. So, he said, the department decided purchasing new packs with updated, working equipment was more economical. Continue Reading →

Highlandville Rural Fire District Reduced Rates

Highlandville RFD

In November, the Insurance Services Office reduced the district ISO from a 6 in hydrant areas and 8 in rural areas to 5 in hydrant and 6 in rural.

“It basically means that the lower the number, the cheaper your insurance will be,” Fire Chief Kevin Stephens said.

Homes within five miles of a fire station and within 1,000 feet of a hydrant will receive the 5 rating. Properties within five miles but without a hydrant will receive the 6 rating. The reduction was effective December 1, 2015. Continue Reading →