The Levelland City Council recognized the Levelland Fire Department with a plaque presented by the State Fire Marshal’s office Monday night after the city received a lower ISO (Insurance Service Organization) rating from that office. The new rating for property in the City Limits of Levelland will be a 2 which is down from a 3 which was assigned 10 years ago. It was noted by City Manager Rick Osburn that it is almost unheard of for a community our size to receive this rating. The rating will be used to set property insurance rates in the city for all personal and commercial property in the city.
A local insurance agent with Farmers Insurance, LeeAnn Edwards, was at the meeting and pointed out that the change will not be immediate but a long term benefit will be noticed by residents with property insurance. This rating takes into account several different areas including Emergency Dispatch, Fire Department staffing, training and apparatus as well as the water system including fire hydrants, location of hydrants, etc. It also looks at the Fire Marshal’s codes and enforcement of those codes.
The city scored 82.94 out of 100 which places the community in a property class 2 effective April 1, 2017. It was noted that one area which the department is deficient is staffing. The inspector noted that he had pointed staffing out in his previous report and it still needs addressed by the city. City Manager Rick Osburn thanked the members of the Levelland Fire Department and Chief Bill Durham on the honor.