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Covington Fire chief pleased with ISO rating

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Covington Fire Chief Jerry Craig said he feels "pretty good" about the city's latest ISO inspection last month.

Though he said the department was "nailed" in a few places, overall it went well.

"They've changed a lot with the way they grade," he said, "but I feel pretty good about mayor going to a three."

The ISO Public Protection Classification program inspects municipal fire departments and services to evaluate the city's fire mitigation system for insurance purposes.

Better fire protection is supposed to means savings for homeowners, but the ISO inspectors have strict guidelines.

"If we don't meet the ISO standards, they gig us for it," Craig said.

Though he believes the city scored well – final scores are expected in 90 days – he said the old federal compress at the corner of East Liberty and Union didn't help them.

"They nailed us on the compress because they don't have a sprinkler system," Craig said. "It's gone, so they took it off."

The regulations, he reported to the city's Public Safety committee on June 26, require sprinklers in a facility that is 15,000 square feet or larger.

The city has no sprinkler ordinance.

Craig said the department received extra credit because they have an arson investigator and was able to count one of the rescue trucks as a service truck.

The city is currently rated at a four, while the areas of the county served by CFD are rated at a 9. According to ISO, Class 1 generally represents superior property fire protection, and Class 10 indicates that the area's fire-suppression program doesn't meet ISO’s minimum criteria. Other fire departments in Tipton County have also had recent ISO inspections. Those results were not yet available.

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