FLATWOODS, La. - The Flatwoods fire department got some good news about their ratings which will trickle down into savings for home owners in their coverage area. The volunteer fire district's ratings went down, which means insurance rates in that area will go down as well. News Channel Five's Nolan Crane reports.
Ed Jarzyna is the fire chief in Flatwoods and he says the strength of their fire department isn't just the big red trucks or the life-saving hoses.
"Volunteers is what makes a department, the more volunteers you have the better your department is," says Chief Ed Jarzyna.
"There do a really good job out here, the community really appreciates everything they do it's all volunteer based and without them we wouldn't have such a great community," says Brandon Walker.
This fire department opened its doors in 1986 and at that time, the state rated them a level ten, which meant their equipment wasn't up to par.
But over the years changes and improvements have been made and they've now reached a level five. It means more than just better protection for homeowners in this area, it means savings. With this new and improved rating, residents will now pay less money for insurance.
"The money is always helpful to everybody, especially now in this economy and how things are going. We're all so grateful for their hard work that also helps us so it's just a blessing to have great people," says Brandon Walker.
"Our hard work it paid off and not only that we'll benefit from it but everybody in the community will benefit from it," says Gay Lawing.
The oldest volunteer here at fire district number fourteen is Joe Jarzyna, the father of the fire chief and he is happy with the job his son is doing.
"I'm very proud of him, this has been an accomplishment for as well as for everyone else in the department," says Joe Jarzyna.
And the man he calls son, and boss, says he's just happy to help his community family.
"Our biggest improvements can be more volunteers in the fire department who wants to train and become fire personnel," says Chief Ed Jarzyna.
Fire district 14 serves 1200 residents, and according to insurance companies there are several factors that will determine how much money the home owners will save. But right now, there's no set number. They'll know just how much they're saving, down the road.