Boone Fire Station 3 prompts lower ISO ratings
by Anna Oakes
The opening of a third Boone Fire Station will result in improved protection class ratings for some area residents, effective Aug. 1.
The Insurance Services Office Inc. rates fire districts on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 having the greatest fire protection and 10 having the least. Two years ago, the Boone Fire Department achieved improved ISO ratings of Class 3 for areas within town limits and Class 5 for most of the rural fire district, but a few areas farther than five miles from a fire station were rated at 10 or carried no rating, Boone Fire Chief Jimmy Isaacs said.
Those areas included sites on George Hayes Road and in the Heavenly Mountain area.
Located on Bamboo Road just past Mount Vernon Baptist Church, Boone Fire Station 3 has been manned since January, Isaacs said, and its opening will bring ratings for most of the formerly 10 or unrated areas down to a 5, with a few small sections such as the lower end of Heavenly Mountain at a Class 9.
"That will make over 95 percent of our fire district a protection Class 5 or better," Isaacs said.
Having a lower ISO rating can result in reduced home insurance premiums. Isaacs said some insurance companies would detect the reduced ISO ratings automatically, but others might not. He encouraged residents to contact their insurance companies after Aug. 1 to ensure they are receiving the proper insurance rates.
To determine the ISO rating for your property, visit http://gisviewer.townofboone.net/apps/fire. Search for your property using the owner name or address. Then, under the tab for "Available Map Layers," select Protection Class 3, Protection Class 5 and/or Protection Class 9; a yellow border indicates Protection Class 3, a blue border indicates Protection Class 5 and a brown border indicates Protection Class 9.
The Boone Fire Department began planning for a third fire station in 2012, acquiring the property for the station in February 2013. The station is a former residence renovated with fire engine bays, new wiring, heating, plumbing and more.
"It gave us a tremendous opportunity to blend into the community, where it doesn't look out of place," Isaacs said.
The station construction, equipment and an all-wheel-drive fire engine cost about $1 million, he said.
An open house at Boone Fire Station 3 will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 10.
For more information, call
the Boone Fire Department at (828) 268-6180.