Fire Factor: Part Two

If you drive Scottsville Road, the traffic congestion will let you know how rapidly Warren County’s population is growing but is fire protection in the county growing with it?

The Plano community now has more people than the entire city of Scottsville, so one new fire station is planned for Three Springs Road, on the line separating the Plano and Woodburn volunteer fire districts. Both departments will work out of the same new building.

Another new fire station is planned for the Gott area, between Kelly Road and Loving Road.

The third will serve Richardsville on Highway 185 and Highway 1320, to give more fire protection to the Shanty Hollow Lake area.

But just how is fire protection measured? In Kentucky, it's measured by ratings set by the insurance services office.

"A ten means you have no fire department, no fire protection. If you go to a nine, you have one fire truck and a minimal staff," said Craig Peay, Warren County fire coordinator.

In the past 13 years, the nine volunteer fire districts in Warren County have gone from a 9 ISO rating to a six or seven.

"The Class 6 rating, the average homeowner will save about $400 a year on their insurance," Peay said.

So what's keeping the county from getting any better ratings?

"We need to work with Fiscal Court a little more on upgrading water lines in the areas," Peay said. "It's a big cost but we do need to upgrade water lines and they are working with us on that. The Water District is helping in that situation."

"We've installed miles and miles of new water lines in Warren County over the last 13 years and we've installed, I believe, somewhere in excess of 1300 fire hydrants in Warren County," said Mike Buchanon, Warren County judge executive.

But replacing the old one-inch pipe with new six-inch pipe is expensive.

" ... And so we have tanker trucks," Buchanon said. "They go to the river or pond or a stream to pump that out and they can give good fire protection and historically, that's the way they've provided fire protection."

That gives Warren County residents lower insurance rates.

"The protection class applies without the hydrant restriction because of alternate water supply and that alternate water supply is the pumper trucks," said Tommy Adams, independent insurance agent.

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