*Story by FM Joe Haag
Every year the El Dorado Fire Department is tasked with ensuring that its’ equipment is able to perform to recognized standards. Doing this often requires money to complete the testing that ensures our equipment is ready to respond.
It also ensures that our equipment meets certain standards that allow the City of El Dorado and it citizens to obtain a better rate on their property insurance. Lower property insurance rates are normally achieved by obtaining a low score with the Insurance Services Office or ISO for short.
To achieve this score the department is required to test certain aspect of services that the city provides. This includes the water system (fire hydrants), personnel, as well as fire suppression equipment all of which can be taxing to the department’s budget.
In past years, the department has incurred an expense of several thousand dollars to complete the testing of the fire apparatus and specifically the water pumps on them. This year Lieutenant Jack Zimmerman and Master Firefighter Mike Rose were able to put their vast knowledge and experience to work completing the testing of the apparatus in-house and saving substantial funds for the department.
This was accomplished while ensuring that all requirements to maintain the property insurance rates are completed. And allowing the department funds to be utilized in the best manner to ensure the department continues to provide excellent service to the community.