safety services

Tiffin earns Class 3 ISO fire ranking

fire logoAdding to the City of Tiffin’s excellence in safety services, the Tiffin Fire/Rescue Division has attained a new Public Protection Classification rating with the Insurance Services Office, ranking it among the top in the state and nation. Not only is this a mark of top-notch fire department, it can also translate to savings on on property taxes for Tiffin residents and businesses.

From the Tiffin Fire/Rescue Division:

The Tiffin Fire/ Rescue Division (TFRD) would like to announce the improvement of our Public Protection Classification rating. The TFRD recently went through a review with the Insurance Services Office (ISO) in order to review and update the fire division’s applicable classification rating. The TFRD is proud to announce we have been awarded an ISO Class rating of 3. The TFRD was previously an ISO Class 4.

The classification system is designed to provide an objective countrywide standard that helps fire departments budget and plan for equipment, training and facilities.  The Public Protection Classification system includes 10 classifications, an ISO Class 1 represents an exemplary fire suppression program, and Class 10 indicates that the area’s fire suppression program does not meet the ISO’s minimum criteria.

A community PPC rating is dependent upon:

  • Needed Fire Flows (the amount of water necessary for fire suppression)
  • Emergency Communications (dispatching)
  • Fire Department (equipment, staffing, training, geographic distribution of fire companies, operational considerations and community risk reduction)
  • Water Supply (inspection and flow-testing of hydrants, alternative water supply operations and careful evaluation of the amount of available water compared with the amount needed to suppress fires up to 3,500 gallons per minute)

With the award of the new classification it places the TFRD among the top 10% of the nation’s 44,672 fire departments and top 12% of the 2473 fire departments serving the State of Ohio.

The report is comprised of 3 sections:

1) Emergency communications account for 10% of the classification

2) Water supply system – 40% of the classification

3) Fire department – 50% of the total classification

The ISO’s Public Protection Classification program plays a central role in the insurance industry across the nation. Underwriters’ use PPC data for marketing, underwriting and as an aide to establish fair premiums to both personal as well as and commercial property insurance.

Kevin S. Veletean

Fire Chief

Tiffin Fire Department receives $1M grant

Funds allocated for truck purchase

Kevin VeleteanTIFFIN, OHIO – August 15, 2016 – Tiffin Fire Chief Kevin Veletean announced at Tiffin City Council Monday night that the department has received a $1 million grant to purchase a new ladder truck. The FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant is a 90/10 split with the City of Tiffin, covering $1 million of the $1,102,000 project.

The funds will replace a 1981 truck nearing the end of its life-span. “The typical national standard for the equipment is 15 years, but like anything else, the biggest factor is how well the department maintains the truck. At this point, it is becoming difficult to even find parts to make repairs,” Veletean said.

Chief Veletean wrote the grant as a regional project, in conjunction with Clinton Township and Bascom. “This is almost perfect timing,” he said. “It coincides with the Joint Justice Center and reinforces the need to break down old standards to work together, not independently.”

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz commended Chief Veletean on his assistance to the city. “This grant will improve safety services for Tiffin and the surrounding area,” Montz said. “It is encouraging to see more departments following the city and county’s lead and working together, especially to provide such a valuable service to our community.”

About the Assistance to Firefighters Grant

The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire-related hazards by providing direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated Emergency Medical Services (EMS) organizations, and State Fire Training Academies (SFTA) for critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhance operations efficiencies, foster interoperability, and support community resilience.

About SIEDC

Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on at the company’s blog at www.senecasuccess.com.