To reduce homeowner and business insurance premiums, the District is in the process of inviting the insurance industry to conduct a field audit of the community's capability to response to a house fire or business on fire.
The insurance industry, represented by the Insurance Services Office (ISO), has a Public Protection Classification (PPC) system that after a field audit assigns a number from 1 to 10 to a community--a 1 being the best possible protection and 10 being the worst possible protection. Communities with a Class 10 pay the highest possible insurance premiums while communities with a Class 1 pay the least possible insurance premiums.
The Tightwad Fire Protection District is a Class 10 because until recently the District did not have a pumper truck capable of pumping enough water for a structure fire.
Fire Chief Chuck Willis is working with the National Fire Services Office (NFSO) to evaluate and assist the District to reduce it's ISO classification, first from a 10 to a 9 and then a 9 all the way down to hopefully a 6!
Click here to read the initial assessment report from NFSO.
It is estimated that the community will collectively save between $170K-$255K--money that will stay in the community instead of going to the insurance companies. Individual home and business owners would save an estimted $250-$500 per year. The Leesville R-IX School District should also see signficant reduction in premiums to protect the School District's buildings.