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The Journal asked King George Fire & Rescue Chief David Moody what’s changed since the last ISO survey was conducted in 2002 that provided improvement in the county’s classifications for fire department supply and protection.
This is what he told us:
“There have been many improvements to our Fire/Rescue and water systems since our last ISO rating in 2002. Fire/Rescue has added additional 24 hour on-duty staff that are available to respond to emergencies around the clock. We have added two additional mobile tankers to our fleet which increases our mobile water tender fleet to a total of four trucks in accordance to ISO. There has been more emphasis on record keeping, fire hose annual inspections, ladder inspections, SCBA flow testing, training standards, personnel accountability, emergency response procedures, etc. since 2002.
“In addition, the King George Service Authority has also expanded its service areas to include water distribution lines and storage capacity and the King George Sheriff’s Office has changed some of their operations within Communications.”
Moody also said, “In 2002 we were only provided one rating and that was a 6/9, meaning all areas of a class 6 were properties within 5 road miles from a fire station and 1000 ft from a fire hydrant. The class 9 properties were within 5 road miles of a fire station, but in excess of 1000 ft from a fire hydrant. All properties outside of 5 road miles from a fire station are automatically in a class 10 in accordance to ISO.
“During this ISO rating the Fire/Rescue Department conducted a thorough water shuttling exercise that mocked how we would retrieve and deliver water for the purposes of structure fires. This exercise included a total of all four mobile water tenders (T-1, T-2, T-3, E-31) and also a pumper truck (E-11). This exercise was conducted at the industrial park this past summer and was a timed event in which the ISO representative conducted a field analysis. This process allowed our County to have a separate ‘Fire Department Supply’ (FDS) rating that would include all buildings/houses that are within 5 road miles, but in excess of 1000 ft. from the closest fire hydrant. The ISO rating in 2002 for this category was a class 9 and starting in March of 2014 is a class 6. This reduction was a significant improvement and demonstrates the ability of our Fire/Rescue Department to effectively distribute water for fire suppression to areas of our County that are not protected by fire hydrants. We were very pleased to learn of this reduction and it was well worth the effort to demonstrate our ability.
“The Fire Protection Service Area (FPSA) are all areas of the County in which a building/home is within 5 road miles from a fire station and within 1000 ft from a fire hydrant. The 2002 rating for this class was a class 6 and as of March of 2014 is a class 5.
“Both these reductions in the ISO rating demonstrate the enhancements on fire suppression, water supply, and communications. These reductions should ultimately allow for lower property insurance premiums although the exact reduction is unknown since each insurance company sets their own prices.”
Moody also said mutual aid fire stations outside of the county are also identified by ISO.
He stated, “Any buildings/houses that are outside of 5 road miles from the closest fire station are automatically in a class 10 in accordance to ISO. We do utilize our other mutual aid fire stations for this distance requirement too. For example, if a building/house is within 5 road miles from Stafford County’s White Oak Fire Station, and outside of 5 road miles from our Company 3 Fire Station in Fairview Beach then the mutual aid station is counted since we have an automatic mutual aid agreement in place with all surrounding counties.”
for more information see this article: King George improved ISO ratings effective March 1