"So much of what is done on a daily basis goes unnoticed by the public unless they have an emergency when we respond," said Miller in the report. He touted this week about the accomplishments of the 32-man OFD while discussing 2017.
In 2017 the OFD lowered its ISO rating to 3, which means
ISO stands for the
"The insurance companies base your home insurance rates, your business rates on your ISO," Miller said. "It's a three-part deal. OFD is 40 percent of it."
ISO checks the fire equipment on every truck, Miller said. It looks at how much hose the trucks have, how much training the department has.
"The second part of this is they test hydrants for distribution," said Miller.
They also test the dispatch center, Miller said.
"In 2010 we were a 5," said Miller. In 2012 the department's ISO went to 4. "
The 2017 Iowa State Haz Mat Technician of the Year is featured on the cover of the annual report. Master Firefighter
As a member of the
Miller knew when he snapped the photo of Klein fighting a fire on
OFD responded to 3,902 calls last year, the report says. Miller expects the number to rise as it has for the past 10 years. "We run all the medical calls, and we're running hazmat calls now. If history means anything, our numbers will continue to grow."
Most of the calls are medical. Only 56 were for structure fires, but that's a high number, according to Miller. Some of them were the result of arson. That situation has been taken care of, Miller said.
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