Ed Pendleton, Fire Chief of the Hickory Withe unit, said the department has been trying to get the company to make an inspection for a couple of years, but when an unidentified homeowner called his insurance company about the cost of his policy, the company called ISO and the inspection was made.Pendleton
was duly proud of the new rating, noting that most of the districts in the county are rated at 9.He
said the company's representatives tested the department's capacity to pump water, both from a hydrant and from a "water shuttle," which he
described as being similar to a "kids' swimming pool."During that test, the pool is filled, and refilled, by tankers from other firefighting units while the water flow is being measured.
Chief Pendleton said the department hopes to get the rating lowered even further, once it has transformed an old ambulance inherited from the county into a "service truck."That vehicle will carry "...everything for a full-blown fire, even things the pumpers won't," he
said, listing items like power generators, air packs, and other safety equipment.Pendleton
said when work on that vehicle is finished, the department will probably call for another inspection, remarking that the inspector said having the vehicle in service could possibly drop the rating by another point.