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Posted on: November 29, 2018

LAKE CITIES FIRE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES UPGRADED ISO RATING

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The Lake Cites Fire Department announced an improvement in the Fire Department's Insurance Services Office (ISO) Public Protection Classification (PPC) rating from a Class 4/4X to a split Class 2/2Y for the communities of Corinth, Hickory Creek, Lake Dallas, and Shady Shores.


This change could mean savings in insurance premiums for property owners. The split classification of 2/2Y reflects more precisely the risk of loss in the community. The "Y" rating is applied to properties with a water supply greater than 1,000 feet from the property while ISO recognizes the ability of the department to supply water in alternative means.


"The rating reduction is a great accomplishment for the Lake Cities Fire Department," stated Michael Ross Acting Fire Chief. " The department members have worked very hard to maintain and improve on the rigorous standards required by ISO. We thank and applaud the communities of Corinth, Hickory Creek, Lake Dallas and Shady Shores for their commitment to the fire department and in their efforts that helped us achieve this rating."


ISO is an independent company that serves insurance companies, communities, fire departments, insurance regulators and others by providing information about risk. The office collects and evaluates information from communities across the United States on their structure fire suppression capabilities.


ISO ratings assess the readiness of local fire departments by classifying a community's ability to suppress a fire. The PPC classification scale is from 1-10 with class one providing superior protection and class ten assigned to areas that do not meet minimum criteria for fire protection.


The ISO survey grades the following three areas.

  1. Operations, training, and deployment which includes fire apparatus, equipment testing, training and the ability of the department to place adequate personnel on the scene of a building fire.
  2. Emergency communications which evaluates the ability to receive, process, and respond to the call for assistance with redundant communications capability.
  3. The ability of the water system to provide adequate water at the correct volume and pressure.


“This is great news for the citizens, businesses and property owners of the Lake Cities areas,” said City Manager Bob Hart. “The upgraded rating is a testament to the quality of the fire protection and water supply we are so fortunate to have in our communities. It also represents a cost savings to property owners and is a very positive recruitment tool for economic development and business growth for the lake cities.”


For more information on the Public Protection Classification (PPC) program please contact Deputy Chad Thiessen at (940) 279-4590.

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