Fire dept. ranks up


William S. Tribell | Daily News Pineville Fire Department’s ISO evaluation showed a three-point improvement with a new ranking of three. They have had a rating of six since 1983. The new rating ranks Pineville among the top 4,000 fire departments in the nation. This will mean lower insurance rates for the area.

Pineville Fire Chief James Miracle was on hand at a recent Pineville City Council meeting to discuss a surprise evaluation which occurred in late February.

To help establish appropriate fire insurance premiums for residential and commercial properties, insurance companies need up-to-date information about a community’s fire-protection services. The evaluation is conducted by the Insurance Service Office, using a scale of 1-10.

ISO provides information through the Public Protection Classification program. They collect information on municipal fire-protection efforts in communities throughout the United States. The lower the number the better the score.

“Over the last few years we have been working on our equipment and training,” said Pineville’s Fire Chief James Miracle. “We have a great training program and with our new enhanced 911 system we’ve been doing well. I thought we might drop one rank but I never guessed we would do as well as we have.”

The results of the unexpected evaluation showed a three-point improvement for Pineville’s fire department. They have had a rating of six since 1983. The new rating of three ranks Pineville among the top 4,000 fire departments in the nation.

“All my life I’ve heard we are going to do this and we are going to try to get it upgraded but James takes a lot of pride and is the first one to actually get in there and make those changes,” said Pineville Mayor, Scott Madon. “I never expected such a good ranking though. This will mean big savings for the people of Pineville.”

This could mean savings of up to 15% for insurance prices in the area.

Pineville’s first fire department was established at the towns first city council meeting in 1890. Pineville Mayor TJ Hoskins was the 1st Fire Chief.

For more information on this subject visit the ISO website at isomitigation.com

Reach William Tribell at (606) 302-9100 or on Twitter @wtribellmdn

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