The Fire Rescue Department received a visit from the Insurance Services Office (ISO) to evaluate the Department's Public Protection Classification (PPC) rating. ISO typically evaluates the Department every three to five years and our last rating was in 2010. The PPC rating is used by insurance companies to set fire causality insurance rates for homeowners and businesses. Fire departments nationwide are rated on a one to ten scale with one being the best and ten being the worst. The City's Fire Rescue Department received a PPC 3 rating. Out of the 43,220 fire departments in the United States, we are among the top 10%
ISO Ratings of All Fire Departments in the US
Our PPC 2 accomplishment is not easily obtained and took a lot of hard work from our employees and support from the City Manager and City Council. The employees consistently put forth extra effort testing hydrants & hose, creating Tactical Survey Reviews, delivering an excellent training program and providing outstanding maintenance for our fleet. Council and the City Manager are instrumental in supporting the budgetary dollars critical to accomplish and maintain this quality of service.
Check Your Hot Spots!
Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fires during the months of December, January and February, and trails only cooking equipment in home fires year-round.
Electric Space Heaters
Buy only heaters with the Underwriter's Laboratory (UL) safety listing. Check to make sure it has a thermostat control mechanism, and will switch off automatically if the heater falls over. Heaters are not dryers or tables; don't dry clothes or store objects on top of your heater. Space heaters need space; keep combustibles at least three feet away from each heater. Always unplug your electric space heater when not in use.
Fireplaces need to be cleaned out frequently and chimneys should be inspected for obstructions and cracks to prevent deadly chimney and roof fires. Check to make sure the damper is open before starting any fire. Use a screen heavy enough to stop rolling logs and big enough to cover the entire opening of the fireplace to catch flying sparks. Don't wear loose-fitting clothes near any open flame. Make sure the fire is completely out before leaving the house or going to bed.
If using any sort of fuel-burning appliance in the home, install a carbon monoxide alarm in a central location outside each sleeping area.
Finally, having a working smoke alarm dramatically increases your chances of surviving a fire. And remember to practice a home escape plan frequently with your family.
The 2006 hurricane season turned out to be less active than predicted, but that does not diminish the importance of preparing yourself and your family for the possibility of a storm here in Pinellas County.
The 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons truly demonstrated the need for citizens to understand what conditions will be like in the days, weeks, even months following a major storm. Even though you may not live right on the beach, in a particularly low-lying area, or in an evacuation zone at all, living conditions will be archaic.
There will be no electricity, maybe no running water, emergency services will likely be crippled and clearly overwhelmed, and any outside aid may not arrive within 72 hours. These are major factors citizens need to seriously consider.
Stop by any City of Seminole Fire Rescue Station or City Hall to pick up the Pinellas County Hurricane Guide, or you may access this information on the web at http://www.pinellascounty.org/emergency/Local.htm