County closer to unified fire district

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

PICKENS — As they move toward creating a more unified fire service, Pickens County Council members agreed that any plan needs to contain four things.

“ISO (ratings) stayed the same or got better,” council chairman Roy Costner said. “The people stayed the same — no one lost their job. The service stayed the same or better and the costs were manageable or down.”

Council discussed the issue during their committee of the whole meeting last week.

A more unified fire service has long been a goal of county council, including previous councils, Costner said.

“We’ve got an opportunity to do more and the taxpayer not spend as much,” Costner

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