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The Ellis County Press

FERRIS - The city’s fire insurance service saw a dramatic decline since its last survey done in 1994.

Insurance Services Office, Inc. helps establish appropriate fire insurance premiums for residential and commercial properties and is the principal provider of the municipality’s fire protection information through the Public Protection Classification Program.

"We have dropped as a city from a six to a three and as a fire district from a nine [the highest is 10] to a 4/8B," said Fire Chief Eddie Duran during Emergency District #5’s regular meeting Monday, June 14.

The ISO collects information on a community’s public fire protection and analyzes the data using their Fire Suppression Rating Schedule.

ISO then assigns a PPC from a 1-10, with class 1 representing the best public protection and 10 indicating less than the minimum recognized protection.

"This is a very good level for us considering our small budget," said Duran.

"Some cities have millions to work with."

By classifying a community’s ability to extinguish or control a structural fire, ISO assists communities in evaluating their public fire protection infrastructure.

The program provides an objective countrywide standard in planning and budgeting for facilities, equipment and training.

"Having a lower number means we lowered our fire insurance premiums," said Duran.

The city will keep the same number until it’s time to renew in 15 years with an additional five years allowed for extension.

In other ESD news, Mark Kessler, senior director of communications and ground operations with CareFlite, reported while the remaining two Bell 222’s are still grounded after the previous week’s deadly crash killing a pilot and mechanic, they are still flying.

"We still have four helicopters to use as of right now without the other two Bell models," said Kessler.

"We want to make sure everything is okay with the helicopters before they are flown again. They have been flown since 1986 and are very reliable."

ESD # 5 meets every second Monday of the month at the No. 2 Fire Station located at 101Ewing Road and encourages the public to attend.

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