Score puts fire department among nation’s best


MEMBERS OF THE FREDONIA Village Board looked on as the new Power Load system was demonstrated on a fire department ambulance recently. The system, which cost $21,000, enables a single person to lift someone weighing up to 600 pounds into the ambulance, reducing risk of injury. Photo by Sam Arendt
By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press Staff

The Fredonia Fire Department is among the top 13% of departments in the nation based on its insurance rating, according to the most recent audit of the department’s services.

The department achieved a rating of 3 on its Public Protection Classification (PPC) survey performed by the Insurance Services Office (ISO).

Rated on a scale of 10 to 1, with 1 being the best, that puts the Fredonia Department among the top 5,000 fire agencies out of more than 400,000 in the country that are rated, Fredonia Fire Chief Brian Weyker said.

“It’s a pretty good feat for us,” Weyker said.

The ISO rating can affect insurance rates paid by the residents and the village. The lower the score, the lower the insurance rates paid.

Public Works Director Roger Strohm said that although the new rating of 3 is slightly lower than the department’s previous mark, it probably won’t affect insurance rates.

Factors examined in the survey include water flow, emergency communications and geographical distribution of fire companies, as well as department equipment, staffing and training.

The Fredonia Department scored 74.08 out of 105.5 possible points in the survey, which determines the rating. Areas in which to improve include training for department officers and portions of the village’s water supply system, Weyker and Strohm said.

“I will start with improving our hydraulic model,” Strohm said, which he said will take about 100 hours to complete to improve water flow.

Another improvement suggested is to color code hydrants according to their flow.

“I don’t know if the improvements that we (plan) will get us to a 2, but they are feasible to achieve,” Strohm said.

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