Open House at Clay Fire & Rescue Brasstown Station 14 Was a Success
On Saturday, November 4th, an Open House was held at the new Brasstown Station 14. For all of those who were able to attend, thank you for coming and we hope you enjoyed it as much as we enjoyed having you! For all of those who weren’t able to attend, you really missed a great time!
We are fortunate to live in a very giving community that supports our department which helped greatly in setting up and hosting this event. A friend and supporter of the department worked tirelessly in making phone calls and arrangements with local businesses to donate food, water, ice, and door prizes which added so much and truly reflects well on our community. In fact, we had enough door prizes donated that we were able to give one away about every 15 minutes for the duration of the open house!
First, Ray Cook of Tri-County Race Track was kind enough to allow people attending the Open House to park at the race track which solved a huge problem for the planners. We also had a couple young men (Jacob and Christian) who volunteered to provide shuttle service to and from the race track and Open House. This too was a blessing (and we remain hopeful that they will become volunteers with the department, if the truth be known).
We were blessed with the efforts of Nanette Davidson who not only donated several delicious foods but also organized and decorated the tables making it feel like a grand reception. And while on the topic of “Davidson”, Jan Davidson and the musical ensemble she plays with provided live music for everyone’s enjoyment.
There were light refreshments including fresh fruit, cheese tray, homemade sourdough bread, cheese ball and assorted crackers, cake, cookies, and brownies to name a few as well as bottled water, iced tea, and sweet iced tea.
Clay Logan, County Commissioner, gave a speech detailing a lot of the history of the former Fire Department and going into detail about the various Fire Chiefs up through the last one, Paulette Tonielli. A table was set up with photo albums/scrapbooks honoring the history of the Brasstown Fire Department prior to the merger with Clay County Fire & Rescue. It was very informative and well received.
But we also had an unexpected, exciting news announcement made by Commissioner Logan who announced the results of the ISO (Insurance Services Office) inspection!
You may recall several months back I reported that the Clay County Fire & Rescue was going through an ISO inspection which occurs every 4-5 years. The best score you can hope to receive from ISO is a 1. Through securing more volunteers, purchasing/maintaining trucks and all equipment, extensive training and identifying/developing ample water supplies are key to help reduce our ISO rating … which lowers insurance costs for everyone in our county. Commissioner Logan announced that the department’s ISO rating has improved going from a 10 rating down to a 6 which is a huge improvement. This improvement should be reflected in your homeowner’s insurance rates in the future .
There are still improvements to be made but we are extremely proud of the improvements we have already made. And again, thank you for all your support of Clay County Fire & Rescue Brasstown Station 14!
Clay County Fire & Rescue
Week of November 1 – 7, 2023 Total calls = 44
Medical Assist Calls – 16 Brush/grass Mixture Fire – 8 Motor Vehicle Accident – 6 Dispatched And Cancelled En Route – 4 No Incident Found On Arrival – 3 Unauthorized Burning – 2 Authorized Controlled Burning – 1 Standby - 1 False Alarm – 1 Gas Leak – 1 Public Service - 1