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Chaffee County Hazard Mitigation Plan
A partnership of the county government and other stakeholders in Chaffee County are working together to create a Chaffee County Hazard Mitigation Plan. Community input and involvement is instrumental in the development of a mitigation plan that truly reflects the perceptions and needs of Chaffee County residents.
We have developed a community survey and would like as much input from Chaffee County residents, businesses, and interested citizens as possible. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey so that your ideas may become a part of the plan to make Chaffee a safer and more resilient county!
Community Survey Link:
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact:
Madison Ericson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-312-8803
Updated Insurance Service Office, Inc. (ISO) rating released for
City of Salida and South Arkansas Fire Protection District
On January 26, 2015 the City of Salida Fire Department and the South Arkansas Fire Protection District (SAFPD) received the latest Public Protection Classification (PPC) from Insurance Service Office, Inc. (ISO).
The ISO’s Public Protection Classification program plays an important role in the underwriting process at insurance companies across the nation. Most underwriters use PPC information as part of their decision making when determining what businesses to insure, coverage to offer and fees to charge for personal as well as commercial property insurance.
If you reside within the City of Salida, your PPC rating of 4 has not changed. If you reside within SAFPD your rating has changed. If you are within 5 road miles of the Salida Fire Station located at 124 E street and within 1000 feet of a credible water source* then you are classified as a PPC 4. If you are farther than five miles from the fire station or not within a 1000 feet of a credible water source then your PPC is a 4Y.
It is recommended that you contact your insurance provider and make them aware of the PPC change. Should you have any questions, please feel free to Contact Chief Doug Bess at the Salida Fire Department. A copy of the latest review is also available at the fire department.
Prior to the most recent review conducted in April of 2014, the last review of the City of Salida and SAFPD was in June of 2005. Based on a scale of one to ten, with “one” being the best rating, the City of Salida earned a Class 4 ISO rating in 2005 and SAFPD earned a 5/9. Today, we are pleased to announce the City of Salida’s rating remained a PPC 4 and SAFPD improved to a 4/4Y. The 2014 review combined the City of Salida and SAFPD as one agency whereas in the past they were graded separately. Through an intergovernmental agreement, the City of Salida Fire Department staff responds to calls in the SAFPD and maintains the building and equipment owned by the SAFPD.
The ISO rates approximately 49,000 cities and communities nationwide. Of these 49,000 communities, 5200 were ranked, along with the City of Salida and SAFPD, as a Class 4. Only 60 communities earned the ISO’s highest rating, Class 1. These numbers are based on the PPC’s 2014 published countrywide distribution of communities. Of the 675 communities ranked in Colorado, 94 were ranked, along with the City of Salida and SAFPD, as a class 4. There are currently no communities in Colorado with a Class 1 ranking.
A community PPC rating is dependent upon:
· Needed fire flows (the amount of water necessary for fire suppression)
· Emergency communications (dispatching)
· Fire department (equipment, staffing, training, geographic distribution of fire companies, operational considerations and community risk reduction)
· Water supply (inspection and flow-testing of hydrants, alternative water supply operations and careful evaluation of the amount of available water compared with the amount needed to suppress fires up to 3,500 gallons per minute)
The report is comprised of 3 sections:
1) Emergency communications account for 10% of the classification
2) Water supply system – 40% of the classification
3) Fire department – 50% of the total classification
On a scale of 100 points, communities earning 60.00 to 69.99 receive a Class 4 rating. The City of Salida and SAFPD earned 64.56 points. Dispatching earned 8.14 points out of a possible 10. The water supply system earned 39.28 points out of a possible 40. The Fire Department earned 24.13 points out of a possible 50. We also received 3 points of a possible 5 for Community Risk Reduction. When you subtract the divergence of -9.99 the total is 64.56.
Based on the above numbers, the only area we can greatly improve is the Fire Department. Since our last review, we have had some successes in SAFPD. The purchase of the two 2000 gallon water tenders in 2009 gave us the ability to demonstrate to ISO that in a rural setting we could pump 200 gallons per minute uninterrupted for twenty minutes within 5 minutes of the first arriving engine.
Two of the biggest deficiencies pointed out by ISO were limited staffing and the lack of a training facility. To receive full credit for staffing, ISO states a creditable response of on-duty and on-call firefighters to a first alarm structure fire is 12, six on an engine company and six on a ladder company. Obviously this is not achievable with 3 person shifts. The fire department will continue to rely on our off duty personnel as well as Automatic/Mutual Aid Agreements with our neighboring departments to effectively fight fire. ISO requires 18 hours per month per firefighter in structure fire related subjects as outlined in NFPA 1001. The fire department currently has no training facility to perform live fire trainings as required by ISO and NFPA and therefore we received “no credit” for Facilities and Use.
*Creditable Water Source – Fire Hydrant, Fire Cistern with 30,000 gallon capacity or a dry hydrant into a water source with a capacity of 30,000 gallons.
Mission Statement of the S.A.F.P.D.
"S.A.F.P.D.'s mission is, through a cooperative agreement with the City of Salida, to provide a safe environment and the highest level of professional service to the citizens and visitors of the South Arkansas Fire Protection District."