LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The Lafayette Fire Department has joined an elite group of fire departments across the nation.
Out of forty-eight thousand fire departments reviewed by the Insurance Services Office, twelve-hundred departments received a score of one or two. LFD was one of those select few.
According to Fire Chief Richard Doyle, the ISO reviews cover a long list of check-marks. "We have to give them information on the number of fire fighters we have, how many fire stations do we have, how many engines or pumpers do we have,” said Doyle.
Even the small details like the total length and number of ladders and hoses are considered. Scores are given on a scale of one to ten, with the highest ranking being one.
But the high rating does more than just ensure quality service. Residents also see benefits. "When our ISO rating improves, everybody in the city of Lafayette and unincorporated Fairfield Township, their insurance should be less,” explained Doyle.
For Mayor Tony Roswarski, the rating is a step in the right direction to continue keeping the city safe. "For a community our size to have the equipment that we have, to have the training that we have, to have the leadership that we have is something the community can be proud of,” said Roswarski.