HARDY, AR (KAIT) - The Hardy Fire Department hopes it will soon get a lower Insurance Service Offer (ISO) rating after investing in several pieces of new, safer equipment.
Mayor Jason Jackson said last week they purchased a new pumper truck from a Michigan fire department for $35,000.
With that, they also got new hoses, turnouts, lights, radios, air bottles, and digital masks.
"A lot of the stuff that they consider needing to be upgraded was stuff that none of the departments around here even have," Jackson said. "It's considered a luxury for us."
The mayor said this helps the department protect the community better and makes the firefighters more confident in their gear.
"We're finally getting to that point where everyone's happy," Jackson said. "That's not in the back of their head when they're in a fire of is my tank going to fail, is my SCBA going to go down. Now they can go in and focus on getting the fire put out and not have to work with outdated equipment."
The department was also recently donated a pickup truck that will be used for brush fires.
Jackson now plans to request a new survey from ISO to see if their score can be lowered from a 5 to at least a 4.
Now that they have all the proper equipment, the department is going to focus their efforts on more training.