Station 8 - Walker Church Fire Department
Chief: Byron Lombard
Insurance rating: 4/9 (now equivalent to 4/4x)
The Walker Church Volunteer Fire Department includes 24 dedicated members. The Department is equipped with two engines, two tankers, a squad truck, and a fire-rescue boat. The engines and tankers are capable of bringing over 5000 gallons of water to a scene.
The fire-rescue boat operates on Lake Oconee to provide rescue services on the water for all types of emergencies. In addition, the fire-rescue boat is capable of providing in excess of 2400 gallons per minute of water from the lake for fire suppression activities. This effectively makes the boat a portable fire hydrant along the shores of Lake Oconee.
In addition to fire suppression and rescue services, the Walker Church VFD is trained and equipped to provide assistance with medical emergencies. The Department membership includes 4 EMT-I trained personnel and one Paramedic, along with several medical First Responders.
The Department’s last ISO Public Protection Classification Survey took place in 2012. The survey resulted in an improved rating for the department taking the classification to an ISO 4/9. The Class 4 applies to properties in the Walker Church Fire District within 5 road miles of the fire station AND within 1,000 feet of a fire hydrant or alternate water supply. Out of 1038 fire departments in Georgia rated by ISO, only 76 fire departments have a better ISO rating.
The Walker Church Fire District includes traditional pressurized fire hydrants recognized by ISO throughout many of the established neighborhoods. ISO also recognizes alternate water supplies such as “dry hydrants” and suction points. The Walker Church Fire District has recognized dry hydrants and suction points located at the Granite Shoals Marina, the Granite Cove boat ramp, the Deerfield/Sandy Creek boat ramp, and the Beaverdam/West Place boat ramp. In addition, ISO recognized the capabilities of the fire-rescue boat and provides credit for the Class 4 rating to all properties in the Walker Church Fire District within 1,000 feet of the shoreline of Lake Oconee.
Properties in the Walker Church Fire District within 1,000 feet of either (1) a pressurized hydrant, (2) a recognized dry hydrant/suction point, or (3) the shoreline of Lake Oconee should receive the ISO Class 4 rating. The letter received from ISO is included as a link for the use of property owners in the Walker Church Fire District to confirm the ISO rating with their insurance providers. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Fire Chief Byron Lombard at 706-347-0947.