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Here’s The Scoop…#6…LBTS Commission Meeting…ISO Now Or Later?…

WHEN THE ISO SHOULD COME…

The Mayor messed up again …so say the others on the Town’s joint- Commission letterhead stationary… by sending out a letter …asking ISO to come sooner rather than later…causing upheaval on the appropriate use of said stationary….and whether the return of the ISO should be now or …in February…according to the Vice Mayor….(last meeting it was January)….although they both  did agree that ISO was the “ultimate in oversight”…a big 180 from Commissioner Dodd’s seeing the ISO as a “red herring” having no role as  oversight …no impact whatsoever…

Pretty funny for the VFD Training Officer …Vice Mayor to admonish the Mayor for not going “through the chain”…when sending out her letter…especially when he himself is charged with his own “chain of command” negligence…still improperly ignored…within the VFD…

BCbythesea…note to Town….individual Town letterhead stationary for each Commissioner …might help!…

from a reader…

Ms. Cole,

Without seeing the paperwork, I’m pretty sure that the ISO rating of 4 is probably a holdover from when BSO was covering LBTS. ISO ratings are not obtained overnight and usually take a good deal of time. Something that the Oct 1, 2008 takeover-of-service date by the LBTS VFD would not provide.

ISO has taken a lot of heat about its rating process over the last year because of the catastrophe in Charleston, SC(Example:http://firechief.com/suppression/iso-ratings-outdated/ ). Charleston, SC received the ISO Class 1 designation, the highest rating an FD can receive for a PPC. However, they lost 9 men on June 6, 2007 due-to-the-fact that the Department’s operational ability/practices was antiquated. This was contributed to the “Old Guard” administration that held the “This is the way we do it and we are not going to change” attitude. It was shown that ISO was mostly a paperwork achievement and not necessarily a true judgement of a department’s practical ability. They are changing their rating standards in the future to truly reflect the fire departments deployment capacity. Here are the changes that can be in store for 2009 ( http://www.isomitigation.com/fsrs ). As a lay person, you may or may not understand the content but it could mean significant changes for ISO. Regardless, in the mean time you could probably understand why ISO is not going to be “lenient” in the rating process. I’m sure with they will be interested in re-rating LBTS in the near future.

more to come…

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