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Strawberry Festival 2017

Headed off by Bolivar Police, participants included floats carrying Bolivar’s Strawberry Queens, Princesses and Little Miss Shortcakes; along with nearby towns’ home days queens. After our mayor passed by, we also had local politicians running for various offices throwing candy to the crowds. Dance troupes, majorettes, twirlers, drum corps, antique cars and ambulances were interspersed with fun loving local businesses.

In addition to Bolivar Fire Department vehicles, the parade included visiting fire departments from Strasburg, Zoar, Fairfield, Mineral City/Sandy Twp, and Bethlehem. A more perfect day for a parade there could not be! Thank you to everyone who helped out this year! View photos from the event here.

See you at the 2018 Strawberry Festival!

ISO Recognizes Bolivar Fire Department

BACKGROUND:
The Insurance Services Office (ISO) is a Private Nonprofit Organization that evaluates fire loss risks based upon a Fire Suppression Rating Schedule that ISO developed for their use to determine the capability of a fire department to respond and suppress fires. The rating schedule assigns a numeric value called the Public Protection Class (PPC), ranging from 1 – 10, to a fire department or an area within the boundaries of the fire department. Insurance companies that subscribe to ISO services, and pay fees to ISO, use the PPC number to establish fire insurance premiums. The lower PPC numbers result in lower fire insurance premiums.

Prior to 2015 the residents served by the Bolivar Fire Department enjoyed an ISO PPC of 6/9. In 2003 ISO implemented a “5 Mile Rule” which changed the PPC from 9 to 10 (unprotected) for all properties that were located more than 5 road miles from the closest fire station. The new classification resulted in Fire Insurance premiums increasing by 300% – 400% for many properties.

VeriskAn.com-ISO-logo-VeriskWay-v1In 2003 The Bolivar Fire Department was awarded the FEMA Fire Act Grant that supplied the area with a 3000 gallon water tanker. In the summer of 2002, 2 part-time firefighters were assigned to work 8-hours shifts 5 days per week, within a few months the staffing levels were increased to the crew of 2 working 12 hours a day, seven days a week. After a few years and good fiscal planning staffing was increased to a crew level of 3 working 12 hours a day 7 days a week and then there crew level dropped to a staffing level of 2 during the evenings. In 2012 staffing was increased to a crew level of 3 working 24/7. In 2014 the department was awarded the SAFER Act Grant which increased our staffing level to a crew level of 4 working 24/7. All of the staffing changes were done in a good faith effort to provide our residents and visitors with prompt and professional fire and EMS protection and with the goal of reducing the ISO PPC and thereby reduce fire insurance premiums for property owners. With the exception of the assistance of the SAFER Act Grant of 2014 and some other local grants, all staffing increases and department equipment upgrades have been paid for by the same levy that was passed by our residents back in 2001.

CURRENT STATUS:
The Bolivar Fire Department filed a formal request to ISO in March 2014 requesting re-rating of the fire department.

On October 15, 2014 the Chief met with the ISO representative and spent the day reviewing the operations and records of the fire department. In February, 2015 the fire department received a letter, from ISO which adjusted the PPC for the area served by the Bolivar Fire Department to a PPC of 5.

CONCLUSION:
Your patience during this lengthy struggle to gain a better PPC is most appreciated by the Bolivar Fire Department personnel.

Respectfully,
Shawn Lynch, Chief

The following insurance companies are NOT using the ISO PPC rating schedule. These companies base the protection class on the number of miles from a responding station and location of a water source.

  • Sublimity
  • State Farm

The following list of insurance companies are currently using the ISO PPC rating schedule.

  • AAA
  • AIG
  • Allied
  • All State
  • American Family Insurance
  • Country Financial
  • Farmers Insurance
  • Foremost
  • Geico
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Met Life
  • MIS
  • Mutual of Enumclaw
  • Nation Wide
  • Oregon Mutual
  • Safeco
  • Traveler’s
  • USAA

These lists are not a complete directory of insurance companies.

Open Burning? Try this instead:

  • Reduce the amount of waste you generate
  • Reuse items in another way
  • Recycle – Contact your waste disposal provider about curb-side pickup or drop-off locations for bulky or hazardous items
  • Compost yard trimmings and food scraps, while creating a natural, free fertilizer.

Open burning is anytime you light an outdoor fire without a chimney or stack.

Protect yourself, your neighbors and your wallet by knowing the rules – what you can burn and where.

For a complete copy of Ohio’s open burning regulations, contact epa.ohio.gov/dapc/general/openburning.aspx