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Sublette County Unified Fire rated in top 10% of Fire departments in U.S.

Sublette County Unified Fire rated in top 10% of Fire departments in U.S.

(Pinedale, Wyo.) - The Sublette County Unified Fire was recently re-evaluated and given a better rating for their public protection that placed them in the top 10 percent of fire departments in the U.S. The organization was recently evaluated by the Insurance Services Office, Inc. (ISO) on their structure fire suppression capabilities. ISO’s collects and evaluates fire related information from communities in the U.S. and assigns Public Protection Classification (PPC) grades for each fire department. The PPC grade is a number from 1 to 10. Class 1 represents exemplary fire suppression; and Class 10 represents limited or no available fire protection. “After our unification efforts last year, we requested ISO to come evaluate our fire department again. Before we consolidated the six fire departments into a single organization, the Town of Pinedale was classified with an ISO rating of 6, the Towns of Big Piney/Marbleton were classified with an ISO rating of 5, and the unincorporated areas of the county were classified as either a 9 or 10, depending if the property was within five miles of a fire station,” said Sublette County Unified Fire Chief, Shad Cooper. “After our unification efforts, we were re-evaluated and assigned a new ISO classification of 3/3X. This means properties located within 5 road miles of a municipal water supply were classified as a 3. Properties located within 5 road miles of the outlying fire stations (Bondurant, Daniel, Boulder, and Kendall Valley) were classified as a 3X; and properties over 5 road miles from a recognized fire station were classified as a 10,” said Cooper. [image: Inline image 1] *Chimney fire last winter. h/t Sublette County Unified Fire / Pitchengine Communities* Fire Chief Cooper further explained, “It is a major accomplishment to receive such a great PPC grade from the ISO. For a fire department to improve from a 6 to a 5 is a big deal. For us to improve from a 6 in Pinedale all the way to a 3 is absolutely unprecedented”. The ISO summary report explains there are over 48,000 fire departments across the United States evaluated by the ISO. In 2015, there were only 132 fire departments in the U.S. classified with a PPC grade of 1; 1,060 fire departments were classified with a PPC grade of 2; and only 3,056 fire departments were classified with a PPC grade of 3. “That puts Sublette County Unified Fire in the top 10 percent of fire departments in the U.S. This really helps illustrate how beneficial it was for us to consolidate the six separate fire departments in the county into a single, unified organization. Earlier this year we had two large simultaneous fires where we were able to respond with over 42 firefighters to the two incidents. It is absolutely unheard of for a volunteer fire department to be able to respond with so many firefighters and share resources like that. The dedication and commitment of our volunteers to help our communities is just extraordinary,” he added. *Feature Photo: Sublette County Unified Fire Command Staff. h/t Sublette County Unified Fire / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news