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"We can't take full credit for this latest bit of good news," Grisham said. "Fifty percent of the rating is based on the fire services, 40 percent comes from the water supply and 10 percent is from the dispatch. ... Our latest rating is 83.76 or something like that, and anything over 80 percent gets a rating of 2."
During an on-site evaluation, an ISO field representative takes a look at fire stations, equipment, trucks and training. Tests are done on the pumpers, hoses, aerial ladders and elevated platforms. All water supply facilities and operations are inspected. Tests are done on hydrants and the water flow from the hydrants.
In addition, the 911 emergency reporting and fire dispatch protocol are examined. A telecommunicator's performance based on call detail analysis, training and certifications are examined, as well as the agency's emergency power supply.
"I'm very excited that we're able to, number one, provide great service to our community," Grisham said, "and number two, be responsible with money. We do the best we can with what we've got to work with.
"Every time they do the field ratings, they give you some guidelines that say, 'Here's what you've got to do to improve.' We need an extra ladder truck to get to a 1 rating, but the city doesn't have
"Until then, we've got to maintain what we've got now. We've got to take care of our trucks and equipment and our dispatch has to stay on top of technology. You've got to be looking at this stuff all of the time. We can't fall down now."
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