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Stillwater Fire recognized with upgraded Insurance Services Office ranking

Released:Feb 15, 2017

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Stillwater firefighters conduct a fire hose test.


(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / Feb. 15, 2017) – The Stillwater Fire Department received an upgraded public protection classification ranking from the Insurance Services Office (ISO) in recognition of its excellent preparation for fire response.
 
Stillwater is now one of 11 fire departments in Oklahoma with an ISO Class 2 ranking. About 1,100 of 48,000 departments achieve this high of a rating nationwide.
 
ISO conducts an independent review of fire departments and places a value on its ability to deliver fire suppression services to the community. The lower the classification ranking indicates the department’s level of preparation to provide these services.
 
ISO conducted its public protection classification evaluation for SFD in October 2016. SFD was previously ranked a Class 3 department since 2006.
 
The new rating is effective May 1, 2017.
 
“We will continue to work to maintain our upgraded rating and identify cost-effective methods to advance our rating in the next five years,” Fire Chief Tom Bradley said. “We thank our officers and members for their dedication to training, documentation and improving delivery of fire and emergency services to our community, and to the Stillwater City Council for their support.”
 
SFD made the following efforts in the past 10 years to work toward its improved ISO ranking:

  • Worked with Stillwater Police central dispatch and Emergency Management to improve equipment infrastructure.

  • Built a firefighter training facility to simulate rescue and fire suppression training exercises.
  • Worked with Water Resources to assist with testing and maintenance of hydrant system.
  • Designated a certified Firewise community.
  • Implemented an active public education and community outreach program.
  • Revamped the building inspection program and began annual commercial property inspections.
  • Worked with Information Technology to integrate a new computer-aided dispatch system and software to improve data and records management.
  • Replaced four fire engines with engines with larger water and pump capacity to support the community’s current and future needs.
  • Purchased a water tanker truck for increased water supply to under-serviced areas.

An improved public protection classification ranking is significant because a majority of insurance underwriters use the ISO information to establish what residential and commercial property owners pay for insurance.
 
“We encourage residents to start contacting their insurance agents now to determine if the new ISO rating will have a positive effect on their insurance costs,” Chief Bradley said.

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Stillwater firefighters conduct safety and medical simulations at the department's training facility.


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