Improving The Iso Rating Of The Council Bluffs ( Ia ) Fire Department

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Improving the ISO Rating of the Council Bluffs (IA) Fire Department Introduction In 2012, Insurance Services Office (ISO) conducted a review of the fire suppression capabilities of the Council Bluffs (IA) Fire Department (CBFD). The resulting Public Protection Classification (PPC) was a Class 2. This classification puts the CBFD into the top 1% of the approximately 49,000 fire departments ISO reviews. In an effort to maintain the highest level of service to the public, the current fire administration has established an organizational goal of achieving a Class 1 designation. The problem is that the CBFD has not developed a comprehensive plan to improve the department ISO rating. In order to develop a plan, research is needed to…show more content…
Background and Significance The Council Bluffs (IA) Fire Department was formed on January 5, 1883 by resolution of the city council to establish a full-time, paid department. Prior to 1883, the citizens of Council Bluffs had been protected from fire by several different volunteer fire companies. The first such company, known as Hook & Ladder 1, was formed after a conflagration destroyed most of the town on November 14, 1854 (Petersen, 1992). Between 1854 and 1883, the department grew in size, purchasing steam pumpers in 1868 and 1880. The city grew as well, expanding from a population of 2,011 in 1860 to 18,063 in 1880. In 1918, the firemen of the CBFD organized and became a charter member of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), Local 15. This is an affiliation that the labor force of the CBFD still maintains today. On April 5, 1920, the CBFD began a two platoon system with day and night shifts. Ten new firemen were hired bringing the total staffing to 36 men working out of five stations. As the city continued to grow the fire department updated and broadened the footprint of its fire stations. In 1942, a new Fire Station 2 was built
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