ERGMFPD ISO rating could lower home insurance costs

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Eagle Rock-Golden-Mano Fire Protection District residents are encouraged to check their homeowner insurance rates after the fire protection district's new, lower ISO (Insurance Service Office) rating became effective on Nov. 1.

This summer, the 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.

According to Steve Gash, fire chief, 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 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."

For more information on the new ISO rating, call Gash at 271-3642.

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