Fire prevention and safety from fire should be at the forefront of our minds. The Carson Fire and Rescue Department (CFRD) has been working diligently with the State Fire Marshal to improve our local fire-fighting capabilities. The CFRD secured last year a 2020 NM Fire Protection Grant Award of $140,151.20 from the Fire Service Support Bureau of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission for the development of a dedicated fire suppression water supply. This is part of a broader plan to raise the rating of the CFRD from ISO9 to ISO8. See https://www.powerdms.com/blog/iso-ratings-fire-departments/ for more information. ISO is short for Insurance Service Office. The New Mexico Fire Service Support Bureau inspects each fire department to assess their ISO score.
This significant grant amount is in addition to CFRD’s allotment from the NM Fire Protection Fund, which in 2021 will be around $59,000. See here for more information http://nmprc.state.nm.us/state-firemarshal/fire-service-support/docs/FireFundExpenditures2015.pdf
The largest contributor to a good ISO score (the best is 1) is the availability of water, a bit of a problem for CFRD. The grant they received has enabled them to drill a well (to 400 feet in depth, yielding 20 gallons a minute), and in the near future to install a 40,000 gallon pressurized water tank to store and deliver water. The grant will also contribute towards the construction of an addition to the existing buildings to serve as a training center for fire and rescue volunteers.
An improved ISO may have a positive effect on your home insurance rates, though many changing factors contribute to that rate, so contact your insurer when the ISO8 rating is achieved by CFRD to see if you are eligible for a discount.
The Fire Service Support Bureau is responsible for the distribution of funds from the State Fire Fund and helps local fire departments in preparation of Insurance Service Office (ISO) surveys. The bureau also reviews fire apparatus specifications in accordance with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards, performs site feasibility inspections for new fire stations and districts, and conducts certification inspections of new stations and fire districts for funding purposes. The services provided by the bureau promote increased fire protection in all communities which result in reduced loss of life and property from fire incidents and lower insurance rates (where applicable) for the citizens of New Mexico.