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New classification is a result of investment in equipment and training, dedication of volunteers
Oconee County has received an improved ISO classification of 4/4X, effective April 1, 2019, from the Insurance Services Office. The county previously held an ISO rating of 5/9.
The improved rating was achieved through a cooperative effort among several Oconee County entities. Oconee County Fire Rescue has made ongoing investments in new fire stations, fire apparatus, training, fire prevention, and public fire safety education. In addition, 911 Communications has maintained adequate dispatch circuits and emergency reporting, while Water Resources has made improvements to the water system and fire hydrant maintenance and testing.
All Oconee County Fire Rescue firefighters and medical responders are volunteers who are trained to a professional standard. These dedicated volunteers provide services to the residents and businesses of Oconee County that are worth more than $6 million.
ISO ratings range from one to ten, with one being the highest classification. ISO ratings are provided to insurance companies and provide a measure of fire services provided in an area. An improved ISO rating may result in reductions in property insurance premiums for businesses and homeowners.
Countywide ISO Class 4/4X ratings are rare for all-volunteer fire departments. Nearby Walton and Barrow Counties are ISO Class 4/4X, and Newton County is Class 5/5X. The Oconee County Fire Rescue Department has achieved an ISO rating comparable to these career departments. The ISO rating is a reflection of Oconee County’s investment in fire equipment and fire stations, as well as dedicated volunteer personnel.
“I’m extremely proud of our men and women who volunteer to provide excellent fire and medical service to the citizens of Oconee County,” said Oconee County Fire Chief Bruce Thaxton. “Our volunteers contribute countless hours of weekly training, fire and medical certification courses, and responses to over 3,500 calls per year. The improved ISO rating is a reflection of our fire rescue service to Oconee County.”
“Oconee County continues to work diligently to build an outstanding Fire Rescue Department that provides the high level of service that our citizens expect and deserve,” said Oconee County Chairman John Daniell. “We are grateful to all of our volunteer firefighters and medical responders for their dedication, bravery, and service to our community.”
Oconee County Fire Rescue includes seven fire stations, staffed with 186 volunteer firefighters and medical responders. For more information about Oconee County Fire Rescue, visit www.oconeecounty.com/fire.