The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

November 22, 2012

EFD’s public protection classification rating falls

ENID, Okla. — The city of Enid has received some good news.

Enid Fire Department’s ISO Public Protection Classification rating has decreased from Class Four to Class Three.

In this case, lower is better. The scale is one to 10, with a lower number rating resulting in an overall higher score. Grading is based on three criteria: receiving and handling of calls, the fire department and water supply.

The lower score is the result of a lot of hard work within the department, as well as improvements made possible because of the public safety sales tax approved by voters.

EFD and Enid Police Department split the proceeds from the tax, and both have used the money to make major upgrades to facilities and equipment.

In 2000, EFD had a Class Four rating from a score of 61.89 percent. This October, the department’s score was 74.64 percent, making it a Class Three.

In 2000, the department’s score in receiving and handling fire alarms was 4.84 percent, of a possible 10 percent, and water supply was 24.25 percent, of a possible 40 percent.

This year’s scores give EFD a 8.5 percent for receiving and handling fire alarms, which earns a rank of Class Two.

The department also garnered a second Class Two rating with a 40.13 percent for the fire department. The water supply score of 28.04 earns a Class Three rating.

Having a Class Three rating puts Enid in good company The majority of fire departments in Oklahoma and across the country have a Class Nine rating.

With its newest ratings, Enid joins some 1,998 departments across the country — and 37 in the state — with a Class Three rating.

Having a low rating is good for several reasons. They can be used by fire departments as a benchmark and be considered in planning, budgeting and fire-protection improvements.

The numbers also are used in the underwriting process for insurance companies.

Cities with lower numbers often have lower rates for residential, commercial and industrial customers.

Enid’s previous Class Four rating already was low, so the newer rating likely won’t have an impact on insurance costs.

But, it sure is better than the rating going up.

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