ISO Community Report
Announcement by Eric Roybal, Chief
New ISO Rating: 6/10
I am very proud to announce that Pecos Canyon Fire & Rescue has just received our new Insurance Services Office (ISO) Community Report. The report is the culmination of years of hard work from our members and highlights an inspection that was conducted in December, 2013.
The inspection consists of reviewing training hours, training types, apparatus and the equipment each unit is required to carry, Pre-Incident plans of businesses and private homes in our fire district, our dispatch center and water supply.
Fire departments are rated from 1-10 with 1 being the best. Some, including ours have a split class.
Our previous ISO rating was a 9/10, our new ISO Rating is 6/10 and will go into full effect on 8-1-14.
You might ask, what does this mean for residents of the Pecos Canyon? What this means is that if you live seven road miles from our fire station at mile marker 16.4, you may be eligible for a considerable discount in your insurance premiums beginning on 8-1-14. Unfortunately, those residents who live outside the 7 miles will remain an ISO Class 10. Please call your insurance company and advise them of this change as soon as possible.
What does this mean for Pecos Canyon Fire & Rescue? ISO ratings determine the amount of money fire departments receive from the NM Fire Fund. The lower the rating, the more operating money the department receives for each fire station in operation. We currently have one station in operation. The new classification means that our annual funding will increase by about $30,000.00 per year which translates to better equipment and training for our department which in turn means better service to the community we serve. In San Miguel county, Pecos Canyon Fire & Rescue and Conchas Fire Department have the lowest ISO rating.
We are currently in the process of trying to secure a location for a second fire station at the Lisboa Springs Hatchery. If we can accomplish this, the additional station will provide better fire protection and lower insurance rates to the south end of our fire district and provide additional money to the department.
I would like to thank all those who assisted the department with monetary contributions and support. Those contributions were a huge help in getting the reduced ISO rating. I would also like to thank our members who contributed their time and talent to improve our department.
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