The Farmersville Fire Department has received the rare distinction of being awarded Texas’ highest insurance rating, according to City Manager Ben White, who added that the rating doesn’t usually go to a volunteer fire department.
White made the announcement at the city council’s April 13 meeting, telling council members that the Level 2 rating issued by the Insurance Services Office will be good for 10 years. It prompted a response from Fire Chief Kim Morris, who said he hoped it would “the last time” he has to undergo a testing regimen from the state to determine its insurance rating.
The fire department has two full-time staff members, Morris and Assistant Chief Kevin Lisman. The rest of the department is staffed by volunteer firefighters and emergency medical personnel.
“Thanks go to Chief Morris and his crew” for the rating issued to the city, White said. The city manager explained that lower numbers on the ISO scale translate to less expensive fire insurance premiums for homeowners and business owners. “We are scoring the lowest number possible for a city protected by a volunteer fire department. It’s been that way for the past 10 years,” White said.
He credited Morris, Lisman and Tyler Roman – a volunteer firefighter who is active in carrying out administrative and maintenance duties for the department – for helping “immeasurably” to obtain the ranking.
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By John Kanelis • [email protected]