Copper fire chief instigating changes to keep safety rating |

Copper fire chief instigating changes to keep safety rating

JENNIFER HUFFMANsummit daily news
Scott RandolphCopper Mountain fire chief

COPPER MOUNTAIN – Fire Chief Scott Randolph is taking steps to protect the resort’s fire safety ranking, a key move in keeping fire insurance premiums down for residents and businesses.The Insurance Services Office (ISO) evaluation of the Copper Mountain Fire Department recently pegged the resort at a 4, but only by three percentage points.

The Insurance Services Office assesses fire districts for insurance companies to decide rates. The ratings range from one to 10, with 10 being the lowest rating.Randolph said the department has 30 days to respond to the ISO’s review if it would like to keep the current rating. Then it has three months to come up with a plan to address issues in the ISO review.

In the review, training, staffing and record-keeping tools were significant issues, Randolph said.As a result, the department designated as its priorities the maintenance of a crew of four or more firefighters at all times, training for volunteers and an update in computer capacity to retain records.

A 152 percent increase in the department’s training budget for 2005 was necessary to fund the volunteer training. The budget was $11,500 in 2004 and jumped to $29,000 in 2005. Also, the 2005 budget saw a 300 percent increase in the computer capacity line item from $1,500 in 2004 to $6,000. The department increased capacity by one-third with an automated back-up feature to ensure that no records will be lost.”We can handle the criticism, because we can take the information (in the review) and put it to good use,” Randolph said.

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