Helicon, Arley and Addison fire departments form joint agreement

The new automatic aid agreement between Helicon, Arley and Addison fire departments means the three agencies must participate together in 16 hours of training per year. That training started Saturday, Feb. 22. Firefighters are using the Jaws of Life in a mock wreck at the Arley Fire station.

WINSTON COUNTY   - Three local departments are now operating as one single department on structure fire calls under a new automatic aid agreement, which affects qualifications for their training.
On Saturday, Feb. 22, Arley Fire Department hosted a training exercise in which Helicon and Addison fire departments jointly participated, signaling the start of a new agreement in place among the three departments.
The automatic aid agreement, which the three departments agreed upon earlier this year, means that if one of the departments is toned out to a structure fire, the other two automatically respond.

In other words, on  structure fire calls the three departments will act as one single department.
This new agreement means that each of the departments must participate in joint training totaling 16 hours each year, in order for ISO to recognize the three-department effort, noted Arley Fire Chief James Rickett.


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