You Make the Call

Challenges ranging from tightening budgets, rising call volumes, and personnel and equipment shortages require us to do more with less.

  1. What strategic and/or tactical changes have you made when faced with reduced manpower (volunteer or career)?
  2. What tactical changes are necessary when operating at a residential fire with lightweight construction, floor, and roof?
  3. Have you used or considered a transitional fire attack?

Results from Last Issue

In our last issue, you watched the wildfire video pictured here, and we asked you some questions. Here’s a summary of responses:

  1. What programs do you use to promote community solutions to prevent or reduce the impact of wildland-urban interface fires?
    • We use a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).
    • We use a mapping program to develop a base map of the community and adjacent landscapes of interest.
    • We determine fuel hazards using existing computer programs.
    • We plan to develop a community risk reduction program.
    • We use the Ready, Set, Go! Program.
  2. What proactive steps can you take to become a Fire Adapted Community?
    • Use the Ready, Set, Go! Program.
    • Have strong codes and ordinances.
    • Develop cooperative fire agreements.
    • Conduct fire department training.
    • Carry out prevention education.
  3. How important is it to match the type of fire to the tactical plan? All who responded said it was very important because it:
    • determines how to attack the fire (for example, direct, parallel, and so forth)
    • helps establish future control action
    • determines the type of control line
    • clarifies organization and command structure

ISO Fire Suppression Rating Schedule

Our Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS) is free to chiefs and other fire officials. It's a manual containing the criteria ISO uses in reviewing the fire prevention and fire suppression capabilities of individual communities or fire protection areas. Go to Fire Chiefs Online to access your complimentary copy of the FSRS. If you're not yet registered, register here.

H2O and ISO

Water supply and distribution systems are important factors in determining a community’s ISO Public Protection Classification (PPC®). We provide complimentary educational training and seminars to water providers and associations throughout the country. Contact Anthony Zampella, national water resources manager, at 908-821-7689 or e-mail for more information.

ISO and Verisk websites

    ISO Mitigation Online for community officials; learn all about ISO’s PPC® program and BCEGS® program