The county’s ISO rating, in part, determines how much you pay for your house insurance. What is Jasper County’s ISO rating?
July 28, 2016
TWG had no idea that Comm. Salmon had been appointed the “ISO guy” for the county. This subject has not been discussed at any commissioners meeting for the last 2 years or more. So how Salmon got appointed is a mystery.
Approximately a month ago Comm. Salmon called Alcovy Shores Water to inform them he was the ISO guy for the county. He then had someone else (unidentified) get on the line and ask a lot of questions about Alcovy Shores Water Authority. Hopefully, this was not another harassment technique by Comm. Salmon.
What Comm. Salmon needs to do is check with his fire chief, Jarrett Slocumb, and ask him why the fire hydrants of JCWSA haven’t been taken care of, including weed eating around them so they can be found. This is something Jarrett Slocumb was supposed to do along with the job he was originally hired for- maintaining the county’s fire equipment. However, it has been at least 3 years since he or his part-time assistant fire fighter has cleaned around the hydrants. In fact, the maintenance of the hydrants is supposed to be done for/by JCWSA to get their $42,900 each year from the county. “Fire hydrants should be visible from all approaches. There should be no brush or tree limbs that could interfere with anyone approaching the hydrant and attempting to connect to it or operate it.”
Can you find the fire hydrant in this picture? This is located in north Jasper County. Many JCWSA fire hydrants in Jasper County are in this same condition.
Comm. Salmon would be a good pick for “the ISO guy” since ISO is an advisory organization that insurers use. ISO collects information useful in many aspects of insurance underwriting, and it is our understanding that Comm. Salmon works in risk management with an insurance company.
The ISO rating, in part, determines how much you pay for your house insurance.
There were several things that were not exactly correct when the county got its last ISO rating, including counting the fire truck that was housed in Hillsboro that was inoperable. Today we have fire hydrants that can’t even be found because the growth around them hasn’t been cut back. UFC 1001.7.2 states: “A 3-foot clear space shall be maintained around the circumference of fire hydrants except as otherwise required or approved.”
A couple of years back there had been no ladder tests, hoses were found to have problems, and some trucks had issues (brakes, flat tires, etc.) because of no maintenance. Maybe, hopefully, all that has been corrected since Jarrett Slocumb is now not only Fire Chief, but EMS director.
The County ISO rating depends on many things, which we outline below.
The Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS) is a manual containing the criteria ISO uses in reviewing the fire prevention and fire suppression capabilities of individual communities or fire protection areas. The schedule measures the major elements of a community’s fire protection system and develops a numerical grading called a Public Protection Classification (PPC™).
FSRS evaluates four primary categories of fire suppression — fire department, emergency communications, water supply, and community risk reduction.
To receive certain PPC ratings, a community must meet minimum criteria. After a community meets those criteria, the PPC rating depends on the community’s score on the point scale.
1. Emergency communications–A maximum of 10 points of a community’s overall score is based on how well the fire department receives and dispatches fire alarms.
2. Fire department — A maximum of 50 points of the overall score is based on the fire department. ISO checks that the fire department tests its pumps regularly and inventories each engine and ladder company’s equipment. ISO also reviews the fire company records to determine factors such as:
- type and extent of training provided to fire company personnel
- number of people who participate in training
- firefighter response to emergencies
- maintenance and testing of the fire department’s equipment
3. Water supply–A maximum of 40 points of the overall score is based on the community’s water supply. This part of the survey focuses on whether the community has sufficient water supply for fire suppression beyond daily maximum consumption. ISO also reviews fire hydrant inspections and frequency of flow testing. Finally, we count the number of fire hydrants that are no more than 1,000 feet from the representative locations.
An ISO rating can be anywhere from 1 to 10. Maybe we will soon see what our ISO guy for the county can do for us; however, he will have to make sure our fire chief is doing his job before our ISO rating can get better.