Welcome to Community Fire Protection News...
Welcome to Community Fire Protection News, ISO’s online newsletter for fire protection information, relevant industry news, and more. There’s a new fire scenario in the “You Make the Call” section. Be sure to let us know your fireground answers. Take a look at “By the Numbers” — you may be surprised by some of the national response data. And don’t miss our lead story on how ISO brought together fire service leaders and insurers at the Congressional Fire Services Institute Dinner and Seminars in Washington, D.C. Also, take note of our new “Insurers’ Corner” column, where we address questions that we hear over and over again from the insurance community.
Like many other business and governmental sectors across the United States, our nation’s fire departments are facing intense economic, social, and environmental challenges as a result of the current recession. Those economic challenges affect all department types, including volunteer, combination, career, rural, suburban, and urban. The financial tension has forced even the most skilled and experienced fire department leaders to make tough choices regarding available resources, including browning-out or permanently closing fire stations and reducing the number of firefighters on duty during a given shift. ISO’s PPC® program provides a useful road map and economic incentives that can help local officials make the best available choices for improving local fire protection despite economic upheaval.
As a user of Fire Chiefs Online or ISO Mitigation Online, you may already know ISO. But if you’re new to us, please take a look at our websites and explore the links (see the sidebar for addresses). In the battle against property loss, fire department officials around the country can be confident that ISO is an objective source for information and technical support.
Robert “Butch” Cobb
National Director, Community Hazard Mitigation
Deputy Chief, Jersey City, N.J. (Retired)