Snowmass-Wildcat Fire Protection District improves rating |

Snowmass-Wildcat Fire Protection District improves rating

Staff report

The Insurance Services Organization lowered the Snowmass-Wildcat Fire Protection District’s protection rating from a 4 to a more favorable 3 in a recent insurance services audit.

The organization, which tracks property and casualty insurance risk, evaluates and rates a community’s ability to handle fires, breaks down its scoring via three areas: 50 percent of the score considers the local fire department, including staffing, training, geographic distribution of firehouses and adequacy of the fire equipment; 40 percent looks at the community’s water supply, including the placement and condition of fire hydrants and the amount of water that’s available to put out fires; 10 percent measures the efficiency of emergency communications, such as the 911 system and alerting of responders.

Many insurers factor this information in determining home insurance premiums, according to a statement from the Snowmass-Wildcat Fire Protection District.

“As a whole, this is very good news for our community as it demonstrates the solid commitment and hard work that the Snowmass-Wildcat Fire Protection District provides,” Snowmass Fire Chief Scott Thompson said in the statement. “From the very top down, the board of directors, prevention and administrative staff and most importantly, all of the men and women firefighters are extremely proud of the emergency services that we provide to our community and appreciate their support.”

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