“I’m excited about the task in front of me. I’m looking forward to working with each and every one of you,” Maney told the fire board. “I’ve lived in Bradley County all my life. This is home.”
Maney said he had been with the department under three fire chiefs and Interim Fire Chief Troy Spence. Most recently, he was a deputy chief.
“I’ve probably known Troy for 28 years,” Spence said. “He was with the Rescue Service when I started.”
Maney was a part of the integration of the rescue squad into the fire department. He was also involved in merging the Charleston Fire Department with Bradley County Fire-Rescue.
Spence said he would be working with Maney to help with preparation for the upcoming Insurance Service Office audit.
“Oct. 1 is the deadline for an ISO audit,” Spence said. “That will haunt us for years to come if we don’t work diligently.”
Many insurance companies use the ISO rating to determine insurance rates.
Spence said some reducing valves still needed to be purchased to ensure the maximum ISO rating for the fire trucks. The department will also be purchasing a truck specifically designed for working on brush fires, after funds from the sale of some surplus equipment comes in.
There are many BCFR personnel working on various aspects of the audit. Spence said the department met with a representative from the County Technical Assistance Service in preparation of the audit.
Changes are also being made to the training center to increase the ISO rating the department will receive. These include a multiple level training area. Firefighters at the Waterville Fire Station are working on these improvements.
“Most everything we are doing, training wise, it’s in Bradley County, it’s state accredited. We have had more training certifications in the last year than we have in the last seven years,” Spence said.
While many departments in neighboring states have their own training facilities, many nearby counties do not. Spence said Chattanooga is the only other local department with a training facility.
Fire board members will review maps of the fire zones after the ISO audit.