Oak Hill Fire Department receives Platinum Level Recognition for Open Government
Supplemental Wildfire Preparation Information
The Oak Hill Fire Department is pleased to provide more information for residents and homeowners to be as prepared as possible for a wildfire emergency. The following information provided by the Fire Adapted Communities website (www.FireAdapted.org) supplements the Ready, Set, Go! Wildfire Action Plan (below) and can be another useful tool in preparing your residence to better survive a wildfire emergency.
Wildfire Action Plan
|A new wildfire preparedness plan has been released nationally. The Ready, Set, Go! program is a three-step process created to teach homeowners how to develop their own action plan of preparedness, have situational awareness, and leave early in the event of a fire. Increasing the safety of residents and firefighters is the main goal of this program. The steps are easy to remember and implement:
Ready – Take personal responsibility and prepare long before the threat of a wildland fire so your home is ready in case of a fire. Create defensible space by clearing brush away from your home. Use fire-resistant landscaping and harden your home with fire-safe construction measures. Assemble emergency supplies and belongings in a safe spot. Plan escapes routes. Make sure all those residing within the home know the plan of action.
Set – Act immediately. Pack your vehicle with your emergency items. Stay aware of the latest news and information on the fire from local media and your local fire department.
Go – Leave early! Follow your personal action plan. Doing so will not only support your safety, but will allow firefighters to best maneuver resources to combat the fire.
For more information about wildland safety, click HERE.
ISO Rating for Oak Hill Fire Department
Effective July 1, 2009, the Oak Hill Fire Department moved to an ISO rating of 2/8B. The details on the new, improved, ISO rating can be found here. This improvement in rating should mean an improvement in the fire insurance rates for most residential and commercial properties located in the district. Policyholders should check with insurance providers on the details specific to a particular policy.
The Insurance Services Office (ISO) conducts periodic Public Protection Classification (PPC) surveys to determine the caliber of the Fire Suppression Delivery System (FSDS) provided to a Fire Department’s citizens and property. According to the ISO, it is the leading supplier of statistical, underwriting, and actuarial information for the property/casualty insurance industry. Most insurers use the PPC classifications for underwriting and calculating premiums for residential, commercial, and industrial properties.
Other measurements show that Oak Hill Fire Department matches up well against other fire departments, both local and national, and demonstrates good value for taxpayer dollar.