Two county volunteer fire departments have achieved significantly lower ISO ratings which will go info effect on Dec. 1. Forbush Volunteer Fire Department and Fall Creek Volunteer Fire Department were both rated as 9E. Forbush’s new rating is now at 5 and Fall Creek at 4.
“The lower the rating, the lower homeowners’ insurance rates become,” explained County Manager Lisa Hughes. “We are very proud of the hard work and dedication the volunteer fire departments have put into the efforts to lower their ISO ratings.”
Fall Creek Fire Chief Jody Vestal said that purchase of a new apparatus and establishing water points around their district was part of the process that allowed their department to achieve a lower ISO rating.
“This is a process we started several years ago,” Vestal said. “We actually purchased an apparatus, it was a larger tanker which allow us to haul more water. We’re in a situation here, we don’t have any fire hydrants in our district. All the water we utilize is carried to the scene by apparatus. We established 36 different water points throughout our district.”
Forbush Fire Chief Dale Couch said that things such as response to fire alarm dispatches, number of training hours and equipment maintenance and testing are all taken into account during the ISO rating review process.
“Bonus points are given for community risk reduction,” Couch added. “All the community involvement you see from our department along with Yadkin County Fire Marshall Investigations and Fire Code enforcement factor into this area.”
Yadkin County Fire Marshal Ricky Leonard said he was “very proud” of both departments.
“Both of them did an excellent job and that is going to help their citizens out tremendously,” Leonard said.
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Members of Forbush Volunteer Fire Department celebrate their new lower ISO rating.
Fall Creek Volunteer Fire Fighters achieve a lower ISO rating.