As part of a 20-year apparatus replacement program, in the next two decades, HCFR will get about 100 new fire trucks. If you own a home, you're paying for fire insurance. The amount you pay depends on how Horry County ranks with the Insurance Services Office, also known as an ISO rating.
Right now, Horry County is a five on a scale of 10.
"One being the best, and ten being almost nonexistent for the fire service. The better the rating, the lower your fire insurance costs," says Captain Michael Blanks with Horry County Fire Rescue Station One.
The new equipment will improve the rating, so residents will pay on the lower end in the future. It's all possible because last year, Horry County council members increased and dedicated 3.5 mills of its budget to fire safety for the new trucks.
This means you're paying $14 for every $100,000 your home costs.
The need is greater for Horry County fire rescue stations. Some of the trucks they use were purchased in 1990.
Even the newer trucks are being used so much, they're adding up the miles very quickly. Repairs are needed frequently.
Blanks says when they get the new trucks, "It'll be fire engines, I believe they're slated to get some ladder trucks, and a few heavy rescues," he said, noting, the difference you'll save on insurance will more than worth it for the millage increase.
"You're going to see a significant drop in your insurance. So it will more than cover that 14 dollars per year."