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Dayton VFD improves ISO rating

The Dayton Volunteer Department has received a high rating by the Insurance Service Office or ISO on their fire suppression ability. Dayton City Manager Theo Melancon said his office was notified Monday that the Dayton Volunteer Fire Department ISO Rating had gone from a 6 up to a 2. We reported in July 2018 Dayton City Council approved spending around $90,000 from recently issued bond money for fire equipment with an eye toward improving the insurance rating for the Dayton Volunteer Fire Department Service area. The Insurance Service Office rates fire departments on their fire suppression capabilities. That ISO Rating of from 10 to 1 - with 1 being the best and 10 being the worst – has a direct impact on the cost of fire insurance in the area that fire department served. The Dayton Volunteer Fire Department has added several different types of specialized firefighting equipment to raise their ISO rating. That equipment includes more air pack breathing gear, as well as different types of ladders and firefighting picks and grapples. Add to that the purchase last year of a good, used ladder truck. Dayton City Manager Theo Melancon said the added hardware along with improved recording keeping and fire hydrant mapping has resulted in the Dayton Fire Departments ISO rating going up from a 6 to a 2. Mr. Melancon said depending on what companies Dayton area residents and businesses buy fire insurance from, many will see a positive change in their fire insurance premiums.   

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