Copper Fire Dept. receives a five |

Copper Fire Dept. receives a five

JENNIFER HUFFMANsummit daily news

COPPER MOUNTAIN – The Copper Mountain Fire Department has received an Insurance Services Office rating of five out of 10; it had been a four, and one is the best possible rating.The Insurance Services Office (ISO) evaluates fire districts for insurance companies to decide rates, so the change could affect local consumers when their policies renew. Copper Metro District manager Elizabeth Black said the fire department missed getting a four by only a few percentage points; however, the district can petition ISO’s rating. “We are going to write a letter in response, since we feel that we’ve budgeted some program and staff changes in 2005,” Black said. “We’re going to ask the ISO to re-evaluate the department in 2005. We’ll have three months to develop a plan that we think can improve the fire department.” Black said the 2.3 percent voluntary surcharge that was taken away by Copper Mountain Resort, at a cost of about $160,000 for the year, hurts efforts to improve fire safety.

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