Craig Rural Fire Protection District receives higher ISO rating
February 19, 2015
Craig — At the Craig Rural Fire Protection District board meeting Thursday night, Craig Fire/Rescue's new insurance service office rating was the main topic of discussion.
More than a decade ago was the last time Craig Fire/Rescue was evaluated for an ISO rating. According to the ISO website, "ISO evaluates municipal fire-protection efforts in communities throughout the United States. A community’s investment in fire mitigation is a proven and reliable predictor of future fire losses."
In October of last year, the ISO officials visited Craig Fire/Rescue to evaluate the structural fire suppression delivery system in the Craig community. The officials use a process called the Public Protection Classification and each department is classified on a scale of 1 to 10.
Fire Chief KC Hume said fewer than 10 fire departments in the United States have a PPC score of 1. Categories used to evaluate PPC include emergency communications, fire department, water supply and community risk reduction.
Craig Fire/Rescue now has a classification of 3 for the area inside city boundaries and 3Y for places outside of city limits. Hume said this is an improvement from the classification they had more than a decade ago.
"It certainly wasn't a magic wand production," said board President John Forgay. "It was a lot of work; a lot of materials, a lot of equipment and a lot of training is thrown in there."
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Forgay also said the board received two thank-you letters; one from a family in the community and one from Ridgeview Elementary School. The letter from the family thanked the department for responding to smoke in their home and led to the family identifying and repairing several fire hazards. The letter from Ridgeview Elementary was from kids thanking the department for bringing a truck out.
All members of the board commended the department for buying and installing an LED sign. Hume said he hopes community non-profits and groups can use the sign, as well.
Hume also announced that one of the department's rookie recruits, Jenni Yanta, had to cut her time in Craig short because of some personal issues she has to deal with at home.
Hume said the department would welcome Yanta back "with open arms."
"It is the wishes of board, too, that you return to this group," Forgay said. "You've been exemplary in your work and we've all watched you progress. It'd be nice to see you back if possible."