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New ISO Rating for Lincoln County

Effective December 1, 2017 Lincoln County will have a new ISO (Insurance Services Organization) rating of 6/10 (six/ten). This rating means that if you live within five (5) road miles of one of the fire stations your insurance rating will carry a six (6). This is a major change from the current 7/7X (seven/ seven X) for the homes located with this allotted distance. If you live outside of the mandated five (5) road miles your insurance will be a ten (10), which is no change from the current rating. We are currently working with ISO to see what can be done to improve our rating for those who fall into the ten (10) rating and also trying to improve our county rating hopefully to a five (5). The next ISO study for Lincoln County will be in 2022.

NFPA Fire Prevention Month

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Latest NFPA statistics show home fire death rate higher than in 1980
Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13, works to educate public about ways to stay safe
September 26, 2018 – According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), if you have a reported home fire today, you are more likely to die than you were in 1980. This startling fact is attributed to several factors, including the way homes are built and the contents in them. “Open floor plans and a prevalence of modern synthetic furnishings make homes burn faster and the fires produce deadly smoke and gases within moments,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. According to Carli, you can have as little as two to three minutes to escape a home fire today as compared to eight to ten minutes years ago.

These concerns prompted NFPA to create “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere” as the theme for Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13, 2018. It emphasizes three basic but critical messages:

·       Look for places fire can start

·       Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm

·       Learn two ways out of each room

This year’s Fire Prevention Week messages point to the essentials of home fire safety,” said Carli. “Looking for potential fire hazards in the home, making sure your smoke alarms are working properly, and having a home escape plan that everyone has practiced – these actions can dramatically reduce the loss from home fires.”

Motivating the public to take these steps can prove challenging, notes Carli, because people don’t think they could have a fire, despite the fact that home is the place they’re at greatest risk. Four out of five U.S. fire deaths occur in homes.

“Because we have reduced the overall number of fires, there is a general complacency and a lack of action around home fire preparedness and planning,” said Carli. “Our goal for Fire Prevention Week is to make sure people recognize that fire remains a very real risk, and that everyone needs to take action to protect themselves and their families.”

For more information about Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13, and this year’s theme, “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” visit www.firepreventionweek.org.

Home Fire Timeline

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Lincoln County Emergency EMA

The Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency is staffed with a director, deputy director and one secretary. Our responsibilities include planning, emergency policies and procedures that will help to make sure we are prepared for an event should it happen. Our office also has automatic weather notification equipment that sends out text messages or emails to department heads and industries. These notifications are sent based on receiving information from the National Weather Service out of Huntsville Alabama. We have ten tornado sirens located within the city and county. Homeland Security grants for Lincoln County are administered out of our office and we actively work with all local industries on hazard mitigation. Day to day operations of emergency management are overseen by the county mayor, a five member advisory committee made up of county commissioners and the EMA Director. All Volunteer services are under the oversight of the EMA director, who also serves as the county fire chief.

The Lincoln County Volunteer Fire Rescue is setup to cover the 570 square miles of Lincoln County. The directors are five members of the County Commission and the Fire Chief. All financial requests are filtered through this committee. There are twelve fire stations and two sub stations in Lincoln County each assigned an initial zone to cover but responding as needed to whatever call is received. There are approximately 160 members with two assistant chiefs. We have forty pieces of apparatus and since 2002 have been awarded through the FEMA Fire Fighters Grant Program over $612,000.00 worth of new equipment. All stations are radio dispatched through the 911 Center. Our stations are responsible for light duty rescue, hazardous material response, water and land rescue, vehicle extrication, response to medical calls with emergency medical responders in addition to working all structure fires in the county.

Emergency Services, FIRE, EMA, Police, in Lincoln County all work very well together, whether the incident happens in the city or the county. This is a great asset for the citizens of Lincoln County.

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