Central Emergency Services (CES) has received official notification from the Insurance Services Office (ISO) of an improvement in the Fire Department's Public Protection Classification (PPC) rating. According to CES Chief Chris Mokracek, effective immediately the fire department's new class rating is 6. This rating is applied to all property owners within 5 road miles CES fire stations in Soldotna, Sterling, K-Beach, Funny River, and Kasilof. "The ISO is a company in Chicago that goes across the United States and evaluates fire departments and rates them on a scale from 1 to 10, one being the best and 10 being the worst. Their ratings come out about every ten years, and in their most recent evaluation they found that we had improved our water supply, fire apparatus, and our fire station placement to the degree that they decreased our rating from a 7 in Sterling, K-Beach, Funny River, and Soldotna down to a 6 and the new Kasilof station has gone from a 10 to a 6 which will be a significant savings for residents of that community on their home owner's insurance," said Mokracek.
Residents within the Soldotna City limits and/or within 1,000 feet of a fire hydrant operated by the City continue to have a rating of 3. Previously rated as a Class 10, Kasilof will see the greatest impact from the new rating. Homeowners in this area have the potential to save hundreds of dollars annually on their homeowner's insurance premium. CES has estimated the saving service area wide to be approximately $1.1 million dollars. "The folks in Kasilof have been waiting for this for a long time and we're happy it's here and we need to get the word out to home owners in the service area to contact their insurance provider to make sure they are aware of the new rating and adjust their premiums accordingly," added Chief Mokracek.
The new rating demonstrates the Service Area Board and Administration's commitment to providing exemplary fire protection to the communities within CES says Mokracek, "CES has for a long time benefited from the ability to purchase some of the very best equipment and it is now time for the taxpayers to receive a dividend on those purchases." The State of Alaska contributed greatly to the improved rating, "The State gave us a $750,000 dollar grant that enabled us to put in three 30,000 gallon water cisterns, one in Kasilof, Ciechanski, and one in the Forest Lane area that made a huge impact on the ISO rating. Also the State has been helpful in getting us funding for the apparatus to move the water to the fire wherever the incident is and our representatives have been very helpful in that," he said.
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