The pains that come with moving are nearly at an end for the Davis Volunteer Fire Department. This week, Davis Fire Chief Robert Bolding expects the department to be moved into to its new facility at Third and Benton Street, next door to its old fire station.


 The pains that come with moving are nearly at an end for the Davis Volunteer Fire Department. This week, Davis Fire Chief Robert Bolding expects the department to be moved into to its new facility at Third and Benton Street, next door to its old fire station.

 

“We are sitting pretty good right now,” Bolding said. “I don’t know that there is another volunteer department that has better equipment and facilities. It was due and much needed. There is far more room and we have a larger training room and can host just about any type of classroom training. When we built the station, we tried to plan for the future.”

 

The new facility also includes three offices, rather than the one that was shared at the older station. One of the offices will be used for a communications room as well as an office.

 

“We are working out of the new station now,” Bolding said. “The residential, business end and all utilities are hooked up. The fixtures will also go in at the end of the week.”

 

There will be some other work that needs to be done which includes hooking up the communications equipment, but all systems are go for the department.

 

In other news, the department also showed improvement in its Insurance Services Office rating. The ISO ratings can help determine a city’s insurance rate and that could be the case for Davis in the future.

 

“We did have a slight improvement on our score,” Bolding said. “The fire department scored 10 points higher because of the new equipment the city has purchased. Where we did not gain was in our water department. The biggest difference will come when our new water department comes online. The representative from ISO advised me to get back in touch when the water plant came online.”

 

The new equipment that worked in the department’s favor was two fire engines purchased in 2008.  The new engines pump 1,250 gallons a minute.

 

“The two engines replaced three that pumped 750 gallons a minute,” Bolding said. “The newest one of those was 28 years old and the other two were 37 and 42.”

 

The department will also benefit from new fire hydrants that will be placed around the city. Davis received funding for 13 new hydrants through a Rural Economic Action Program Grant. The city will be able to purchase 23 hydrants by taking care of the installation itself.