Thursday, November 20, 2008

ISO Proposing Changes

ISO is FINALLY proposing changes to their fire protection rating schedule. Their existing system has been criticized for not being reflective of the true quality of fire protection services in many communities. Credit to ISO for listening to the criticism and for engaging the fire service in discussions about how to improve their rating program.

Below is information about the changes. I encourage you to visit their website and provide them with feedback on the proposed changes.

Richard B. Gasaway, PhD, EFO, CFO

ISO is embarking on a project to review and, if warranted, update the content of the Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS). Our objective for this “Draft Concept FSRS 2009” project is to identify portions of the current PPCTM evaluation worthy of potential revision.

Over the next few months, we want to engage in discussions with a variety of stakeholders in organizations that deal with water, fire, and emergency communications. We’re seeking feedback on the scope and feasibility of the possible revisions.

We offer the following draft outline of items under consideration for revision. We hope the topics will serve as a framework for feedback you may wish to give us.
Increased reference to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards
Possible revisions include: a requirement that, for a PPC better than 10, the fire department must have sufficient membership to assure response by at least 6 members (including the chief) to fires in structures eliminating the current ISO equipment inventory and replacing it with reference to pumper and ladder/service equipment listed in NFPA 1901 recognition of Initial Rapid Intervention Crew and Rapid Intervention Crew teams, according to NFPA 1500
an increase in minimum pump capacity for engines for Class 9 communities from 50 gpm to 250 gpm, in accordance with NFPA standards additional emphasis on firefighter safety and training:
training and credentialing for fire officers in accordance with National Incident Management System (NIMS) recommendations and NFPA 1021 training for fire apparatus drivers and operators in accordance with NFPA 1002 and 1451 no credit for training without proper documentation reference to firefighter safety requirements requirement for personal protective ensemble (PPE) clothing for all fire-suppression personnel at structure fires recognition of automatic-aid personnel responding to first-alarm structure fires extension of full credit for automatic-aid response plans to first-alarm structure fires when the departments have satisfied certain criteria for interoperability.

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