This summer, the Insurance Service Office (ISO) completed a public protection classification survey of the Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano Fire Protection District. The survey resulted in an improvement to the district's ISO rating from an 8 to a 7.
"This new rating will take effect Nov. 1 and should save homeowners and business owners on their insurance rates," said Steve Gash, fire chief. "The Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano Fire District will continue to make improvements in the future to get the ISO rating as low as possible."
According to Gash, several improvements contributed to the district's improved ISO rating.
Last year, the fire district purchased a new 2011 International tanker truck using funds received through a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant. With the addition of the truck, the district has 12 firefighting apparatuses, including one 2,200-gallon tanker at each of its three fire stations.
The district has also improved its training opportunities. The district conducts first responder and firefighter training at least three times each month, said Gash.
"The Barry County E-911 Operations Center also helps with our ISO rating," said Gash.
The county 911 facility provides dispatching services for all county fire districts, including the Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano Fire District.
Around 30 volunteer first responders and firefighters serve residents who live in the Eagle Rock, Golden and Mano areas.
"Our volunteers work very hard to improve the district and the response times to calls," said Gash. "All of their hard work adds up to help improve our ISO rating."