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Medina County Emergency Services District No. 5

Regular meetings are on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 6:00 pm. unless otherwise posted.

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  • Insurance Services Office (ISO)

    What is an ISO rating?

    A company called the ISO (Insurance Services Office) creates ratings for fire departments and their surrounding communities. The ratings calculate how well-equipped fire departments are to put out structure fires in that community.

    The ISO provides this score (also known as an ISO fire score, an ISO fire insurance rating, and a Public Protection Classification [PPC]) to homeowners’ insurance companies, who then use it to help set homeowners’ insurance rates. The more well-equipped your fire department is to put out a fire, the less likely your house is to burn down. That makes your home less risky and, therefore, less expensive to insure.

    PPCs can range from 1 to 10, and in the ISO rating scale, a lower number is better. A 1 is the best possible rating, while a 10 means the fire department did not meet the ISO's minimum requirements.

    Using the credit points and various formulas, ISO calculates a total score on a scale of 0 to 105.5. According to the ISO's Fire Suppression Rating Schedule (FSRS), there are five main criteria to a fire rating score:

    • 50% comes from the quality of your local fire department, including staffing levels, training, and proximity of the firehouse.
    • 40% comes from the availability of water supply, including the prevalence of fire hydrants and how much water is available for putting out fires.
    • 10% comes from the quality of the area's emergency communication systems (911).
    • An extra 5.5% comes from community outreach, including fire prevention and safety courses.

     

    What is the ISO rating for Medina County ESD # 5?

    As of 2019 Medina County ESD #5 has a split class rating of  2/10

    The City of Natalia and any unincorporated area that is within 5 road miles of either Natalia volunteer fire station #1 at 211 Pearson St. Natalia or Natalia volunteer fire station #2 at 19210 FM 463, Natalia is a class 2 and anything beyond 5 road miles of a fire station is a 10.

    The grading was activated in the insurance systems as of October 1, 2019.  Please contact your agents to ensure you are taking advantage of these potential savings.

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    Texas Department of Insurance 

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