A former Rattlesnake Fire Protection District chief was honored with the dedication of a station he put his heart and soul into. Dale Goetz served …
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A former Rattlesnake Fire Protection District chief was honored
with the dedication of a station he put his heart and soul into.
Dale Goetz served many years as the chief of the station before
passing away. And at a ceremony on Feb. 21 at Station 51 in Elbert
County, Jim White, president of Rattlesnake Fire Protection
District, dedicated the station in Dale’s name.
White said throughout Dale’s years at the station he not only
contributed many hours, but also led the department through the
preparation process of an Insurance Standards Organization review.
The ISO is an organization that works for all insurance carriers
and they rate fire departments on a scale of 1-9. The ISO rating
then helps determine the homeowner’s insurance rate.
White said previously the station had never been reviewed and
had an ISO rating of 9 which is the worst rating. White said after
Dale’s dedication and hard work before the review in 2000, the
rating dropped to a 5, which is almost unheard of for a volunteer
“It was a huge effort to change our rating and Dale is
responsible for that change,” he said “We undertook a lot of
changes and invested $3 million in equipment.”
White said Dale’s leadership skills and professionalism also
made a difference in the department. Dale made major changes in the
department’s training programs by developing internal instructors
who were able to not only train within the Rattlesnake district but
also other fire protection districts.
Also in attendance at the ceremony was County Commissioner Hope
Goetz, former wife of Dale. She said the ceremony was moving and
said it makes sense that the station would be dedicated to her late
“I think he would be proud. He gave a lot of time in to
improving that fire department and bringing it up to the standard
it is today,” she said. “
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